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A Hunter's Tale of Rescue and Survival

Rescue Profile: Todd Churchill

Case #: 3397

 

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As he had done many autumn days before, Todd Churchill was hunting in Payette National Forest on horseback. Before leaving, Todd packed his SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™, a small action that would soon have a significant impact on his life.

 

On the way back to camp, Todd's horse unexpectedly threw him. The horse then landed on top of Todd and crushed his pelvis. Trapped due to immobilization miles from civilization and in severe pain, Todd activated SPOT's emergency alert.

 

Todd recalls, "My friends thought this was it. One of them had begun to give me my last rites."

 

The International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center (IERCC) received the S.O.S. alert and swept into action. IERCC confirmed relevant details and relayed the information to local authorities.

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Facing a Father’s Worst Fear

Rescue Profile: Kiri and Dad

Case #: 8393

 

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Not every girl can claim to be daddy's tough biker. But every girl is not Kirsten, affectionately known as Kiri. Her father, John, takes pride in referring to her as one of the toughest bikers he has ever seen.

 

This daughter/father duo enjoys the outdoors as much as they enjoy each other's company. This past Labor Day, they were doing just that when the day took an unexpected turn for the worse. In the mountain trails of Ashland, Oregon, Kiri took a jump on her bike that resulted in her body being thrown against the rocky terrain.

 

John remembered the fright that filled him as he approached the scene and saw his daughter helplessly lying on the ground. When his tough "little girl" somehow managed to get out the words, "Dad, I'm hurt," John knew it was serious.

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Three Friends' Story of Survival

Rescue Profile: Aage, Kory and Randall

Case #: 9294

 

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Aage, Kory and Randall had gone on many adventures together. Four-wheeler riding, RVing, international travel and exploring the North American outback were all on their activity list.

Their love of adventure is what brought them together for a snowmobiling ride in the mountains of Northern Utah on January 10, 2013. The men had no reason to believe this trip would be any different than the many others they had been on before. The area they planned to visit was one where Aage had previously been, and they looked forward to being home in plenty enough time to tell their loved ones good night. Although the group had no reason to suspect any danger, Randall decided to re-activate his SPOT device before leaving. After sending a test message, the trio headed out, not knowing that Randall’s small action would soon have a significant effect on their lives.

The friends started off with only the occasional upset of getting stuck in the snow. Before they knew it, a massive snow storm descended upon them, covering their tracks, hindering their vision and preventing them from making it to a camp site. Although the snowmobilers had a general idea of the direction they needed to go, 10 feet of snow had fallen and their GPS devices had failed them.

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Trapped in the Australian High Country

Rescue Profile: Colin

Case #: 9176

 

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Colin, an avid motorcyclist, purchased a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ during a motorcycle tour in South America to let the folks back home keep up with his progress. He also liked the idea of having a 911 button in the event of a critical emergency in an area without cellular coverage. Having just purchased his SPOT device in July 2012, Colin probably was not expecting to use the S.O.S. feature so soon.

 

A few months later, Colin was looking forward to enjoying a beautiful Australian summer day biking on the scenic trails. He checked his bike, packed up his gear, which included his new SPOT device, and headed off into the Victorian High Country with one of his mates. The friends were enjoying the scenery when Colin lost his balance and fell downhill. The fall resulted in the breaking of his collar bone.

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