A search and rescue system developed by a General Dynamics unit has been used in approximately 60,000 missions since 2006, including during hurricane Sandy operations.
The Rescue 21 system has been used nationwide to connect U.S. Coast Guard personnel with distressed mariners, General Dynamics C4 Systems announced Tuesday.
General Dynamics C4 Systems said that the Rescue 21 system was fully operational in 32 of 37 Coast Guard sectors in 2012 and the first person saved by the system was in 2005.
Chris Marzilli, General Dynamics C4 Systems president, said the system is intended to serve as a life line to boaters and improve maritime situational awareness, communication and collaboration among multiple government and law enforcement agencies.
Incidents where Rescue 21 was used include an Oct. 5 Key West, Fla. incident when a boat from Naples, Italy caught fire and in July, when celebrity Kelly Rowland became lost at sea off Cape Cod, Mass.