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RESCUE PROFILE: Douglas
CASE #: 14356
TYPE: Boating-Ocean


RESCUE PROFILE: Ren
ASSET: Motorcycle


RESCUE PROFILE: Michael
CASE #: 15697
TYPE: Off-Road Motorcycle



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Iqaluit Hunter Rescued after Snowmobile Breaks Down on the Ice in -40° Celsius

Rescue Profile: Adam Noah
Case #: 16195


Iqaluit Hunter Rescued


Early in the morning of March 10th, 2016, Adam Noah, a hunter from Baker Lake, Nunavut, headed out on his snowmobile for a day of caribou hunting. By the middle of the afternoon, when he was in a remote area about 45 kilometers east of Baker Lake, his snowmobile broke down. The temperature in that area was -40° Celsius.

For the past two years Noah says he has owned a SPOT GPS Satellite Messenger, which he carries with him as part of his emergency gear whenever he goes hunting or fishing. "We don't only use a snowmobile when we go out hunting or fishing. We always have a sled attached which carries survival gear. It gets so cold that you can't just go hunting for the day without emergency gear." For Noah, SPOT is an important part of his emergency gear.

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Snowmobilers Extracted from Avalanche Exposure

Rescue Profile: Matt Oliver
Case #: 15932


Snowmobilers Extracted from Avalanche Exposure
Matt Oliver


Matt Oliver and four friends picked a beautiful day for snowmobiling in Steamboat Springs, CO. They set off on their ride around 10 AM and traveled a familiar route. A few hours into their ride, they decided to take a different path back to their vehicles. The new path led them to a creek ravine and they realized they were getting into dangerous avalanche terrain. They began strategizing the best way out.

The group of five experienced snowmobilers vacillated about driving back through their old tracks, but after determining their location via their GPS system, they decided it was safer to head down the creek for another half mile rather than driving back uphill. The thick blankets of snow made it very difficult for them to make much distance and they knew they couldn't continue on without putting themselves at a greater risk.

Luckily, Matt and his friends were well prepared with saws, thermals, boiling pots and Matt's SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. "I pressed the S.O.S. on my SPOT to alert GEOS International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center, knowing that it would not be until morning when search and rescue could safely come help us," commented Matt. They made a fire and set up camp for the night. Meanwhile, GEOS contacted Matt's mom and dad to let them know of the situation. The family was advised that it would take some time for search and rescue to assist due to the situation of snow and avalanche danger.

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INJURED PILOT CAM VILLENEUVE RESCUED FOLLOWING CRASH NEAR KAMLOOPS, BC


Helicopter that rescued fellow hiker


Rescue Profile: Cam Villeneuve
Case #: 16054

SPOT GPS Satellite Messenger Rescue:
Cam Villeneuve is a recreational pilot from the Thompson Valley Sport Aircraft Club in Kamloops, BC who loves to fly year-round. He has even installed skis on his small aircraft so that he can "land everywhere, on land, on hill sides and on lakes."

In the mid-afternoon of February 1st, 2016, Villeneuve was returning to Blair Fields Airport, wrapping up a 45-minute flight. It was a beautiful sunny day and he was having fun landing and taking off from frozen lakes on the south side of Kamloops. On his approach to the landing strip, at a distance of about 3 miles, the aircraft "became very unstable and hard to control" says Villeneuve. "All of a sudden I was looking straight down at the ground from about 400 feet."

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Motorcyclist Hits Rough Patch in Los Padres National Forest

Rescue Profile: Alfred Moore
Case #: 15780


Helicopter that rescued fellow hiker
Alfred and his SPOT


Alfred Moore, an outdoor aficionado from Southern California, has been riding motorcycles for four years, on average 3-5 days a week. He and seven of his buddies recently went on a three-day weekend camping trip in the Los Padres National Forest. On the second day, Alfred and one other were tailing at the end of their group when he hit a switchback in the soft sand and took a hard fall.

After his friend helped pull his bike off of him, Alfred realized he was in bad shape. "The initial pain was horrific, but then I lost feeling in my leg below my knee cap," he stated. Alfred's first instinct was to call his wife, Tiffanie. After dropped calls due to poor cell coverage, he grabbed his SPOT Gen3 that his wife convinced him to purchase just days prior to trip and pressed the S.O.S button.

Back at home, Tiffanie received the call from GEOS International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center. She had told GEOS that she suspected he was in trouble after the attempted calls he had made earlier but didn't know what was wrong. They assured her help was on the way to his location and that they would be back in touch with her to provide an update.

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4,000th Rescue: Motorcyclist in DeKalb County, Alabama

Rescue Profile: Michael Herrera
Case #: 15697


4000th rescue


On October 23 in DeKalb County, Alabama, retired Houston firefighter Michael Herrera was alone and off-roading on his dual-sport bike when he took a hard fall. Although initially disoriented, Michael’s experience as a first responder told him that his injuries were more serious than he could see so he reached for his SPOT Gen3® and pressed the S.O.S. button.

Back at home, his wife LaDonna grew concerned when she realized that the SPOT Gen3 was not tracking Michael anymore on his SPOT Shared Page and she knew in her heart that he needed emergency assistance.

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