Coast Guard rescues Arctic Bay, Nunavut, narwhal hunters: Hunters sent ‘help’ and SOS messages via SPOT device
Upon receiving a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger SOS alert, a Canadian Coast Guard ship went to the tracked location. Once there crew members found five narwhal hunters. "The hunting party had been hunting for quite a while and due to weather they were delayed for at least three days, so they were running out of heating fuel," said Christian Cafiti, with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ont.
Injured hiker uses GPS to alert partner in Queensland, via text message
Mother-of-three Nivia Pryor, 44, from Brisbane, was hiking alone on the Bibbulmun Track in the Perth Hills to raise money for an autism charity when she suffered several injuries. Pryor says she slipped and fell in wet, treacherous conditions, smashed her head on a rock and damaged her knee. She believes she was unconscious for about four hours, before she regained her senses and activated her SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. She pressed the "Help Me" button to send her coordinates to her partner's phone and email, who in turn sent police to her location.
Paragliding World Cup, Sun Valley: The search for Guy Anderson
Over 70 volunteers, rescuers and paraglider pilots used SPOT to organize efforts to locate missing pilot Guy Anderson, who went missing at the Paragliding World Cup in Sun Valley. Although, Anderson did not have a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger many individuals involved in the rescue efforts did. A video was captured that shows how rescuers used SPOTs to conduct an efficient rescue and maintain communication with each other out in the field.
Professional base jumper credits GPS device for saving him
Professional base jumper, Marshall Miller credits SPOT GPS Messenger with helping save him from a life- threatening situation. Miller ended up running into the wall that he had just jumped off of when unexpected wind activity forced him to open his parachute. He ended up 1,000 feet from the top of this cliff and 2,000 feet from the bottom. Suffering from injuries and with no cell phone coverage, Miller radioed his fellow jumpers, who used SPOT to signal for help. Miller said, "We've used these things for years, but I've never understood the power of these, until you're in a situation like that where it's life and death."
A combination of fast thinking and technology help save a man's life.
After falling approximately 1200 feet during a climbing trip in the Cascades Mountains, a western Washington man, Kevin Weed, is alive and well thanks to his hiking partners' strong survival skills and a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger that was used to alert authorities to his condition. Weed suffered a visible head injury. "I was very concerned that he had brain injury," said Chris Robertson, member of the search and rescue team the rescued Weed.
A rescue involving falling boulders leads Wyoming rescue chief rethinks value of GPS device
A couple of experienced backcounty users was on a multi-day backpacking trip, carefully traversing the boulders near the base of 13,809-foot Gannett Peak, when a rock dislodged and rolled into the woman's leg, breaking her femur and opening her from knee to groin. The couple used their SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger to issue an emergency alert to authorities Freemont County, WY.
Alaska State Troopers rescue Healy man freezing in wilderness
November 22, 2011 - According to news sources, a 22-year-old Healy man was rescued by Alaska State Troopers after trying to walk almost 50 miles out of the wilderness in temperatures of 20 to 30 degrees below zero.
Troopers found the man suffering from frostbite and hypothermia, late Saturday night at an unheated cabin on Healy Creek, about 10 miles east of Healy, a few hours after he hit the SOS button on his SPOT device.
“That Spot Tracker saved his life, there’s not a doubt in my mind,” said Eric Jeffords, one of the two Alaska State Troopers who found him. “I don’t think he would have made it until morning.”
Sailors rescued 1,400 miles off Cape Cod in 45-knot winds with 25 to 30-foot seas
September 8, 2011 – According to news sources, the U.S. Coast Guard, reported that they, the Canadian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Halifax, a Canadian Forces CC-130 Hercules and two merchant vessels worked together to rescue four French sailors more than 1,400 miles east-northeast of Provincetown.
The 600-foot tanker Unique Sunshine, an Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) member, and the 250-foot oil rig tender Maersk Chancellor rescued the sailors after their boat, the 36-foot red-hulled sailboat Roule Ta Bille, capsized and the mast broke.
The sailboat was righted, but could not make its way into port.