Make a Plan B.
Our mission is simple: we want to make sure everyone who participates in adventurous pursuits has a Plan B for when the unexpected might happen and you find yourself in an emergency situation. One part of this Plan B is to carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). They save lives, by making it easier to be found in an emergency.
Plan B is a national charity which aims to raise awareness, provide education and promote technology to improve safety planning in outdoor activities.
Dom Jackson tragically died at sea whilst kayaking in February 2017. This accident could have been completely preventable had Dom taken some basic steps to plan his adventure.
Everyone who knew Dom would say he was a special person. A kind man, with a love of adventure, and a tangible zest for life. Dom died alone at sea in freezing conditions after a kayaking accident in NE Scotland in February 2017. Had he made a Plan B he could still be alive today.
No one knew of Dom’s disappearance until 36 hours after he’d gone missing. His body was found 5 days later, more than 50 miles adrift of the primary search area. The search for Dom involved the Police, RNLI, and HM Coastguard, who utilised helicopters, lifeboats and light aircraft. It was supported by scores of volunteers including his family who scoured the cliff tops hoping against the odds to find him alive.
The financial cost of this operation was enormous, and its emotional toll immeasurable. Now, we’re building Dom’s legacy, to raise awareness of accessible safety technology like PLBs so that others don’t share his fate.
As Dom’s family and friends, we don’t want anyone to go through the sorrow of losing a loved one in similar circumstances. So we’ve set up Plan B in his memory, knowing that a small effort on our part can save countless lives.
Why do I need a Plan B?
Outdoor sports and activities are more popular than ever, and we think it is great to get out in the fresh air and have a good time. But if the fun stops, you need a way to escape trouble. Your smartphone may be a valuable asset in an emergency situation but away from the towns and cities, they may not be the right tool to help. Thanks to the latest technology such as PLBs, you can stay in touch, even in the remotest places.
Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) use a combination of a powerful radio signal and GPS to alert the emergency services of your whereabouts if you encounter difficulties. When activated in an emergency situation, they transmit a signal that pinpoints your location. So whether you’re up a mountain, out at sea, or in the depths of wild country, you’ll know that help is on its way.