Submitted by pblais on 11. October 2012 - 14:03
Newburyport, MA -- Cadets Brendan and Conor McKeogh, led by Majors Paul Kelly and Peter Blais, were credited with a "find" on Sunday. The initial activation was reported as an ELT (emergency location transmitter) by commercial aircraft flying northeast of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. With the assistance of CAP aircrew, the search area was found to be in the area of Plum Island, Newburyport, Massachusetts, some 50 miles away from the original report.
The Manchester ground team coordinated with the air crew, further narrowing the search, eventually combing the Newburyport Yacht Club vessel-by-vessel. The crew spent hours with an ELP-R radio direction finding unit to pinpoint the location of the beacon. Reflection of the radio signal off the water and surrounding boats made the search more difficult.
In the end, with the assistance of Bob Lynch, Captain of the "Chum Lord" and former Commodore of the Newburyport Yacht Club, the team located and silenced the beacon. Captain Lynch offered his assistance, armed with a handheld scanner set to the beacon's frequency, by trolling the waterway, further pinpointing the search to a handful of vessels at the end of a pier. Congratulations to the team on the find, and special thanks to Captain Lynch for his assistance!
Photo (left to right): C/SMSgt. Conor McKeogh, C/A1C Brendan McKeogh, Maj. Peter Blais