A new communication system could help better locate boaters in distress out on our waters.
The U.S. Coast Guard created Rescue 21 by harnessing cutting edge technology that enables them to execute search and rescue missions with greater efficiency.
The system increases communication coverage by using a series of buoys and towers that can transmit signals up to 20 miles away.
Jim Moore with the U.S. Coast Guard says, "More or less what it allows us to do is spend less time searching and more time actually rescuing. That's the idea."
Coast Guard officials warn that the new system isn't error proof and say that increased safety gear onboard any vessel will increase your chance of being rescued.