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UPDATE: Emergency Marine Beacon Secured

July 31, 2012, 12:15 PM HST
* Updated July 31, 2:56 PM
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The owner of an emergency marine beacon that had been sending a signal from land has secured the device, the Coast Guard said this afternoon.

Earlier today, the Coast Guard had asked for the public’s help in locating an emergency marine beacon that has been broadcasting from the vicinity of Honaunau in South Kona.

Public Affairs Officer Anthony Soto said the Emergency Position Indicating Beacon – also known as an EPIB – had been broadcasting its emergency signal since Friday, Soto said.

Soto said the Coast Guard was only interested in having the equipment secured so it would stop broadcasting unnecessarily, and no penalty was involved.

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