Rescue Profile: Michael Herrera
Case #: 15697
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.
Rescue Profile: Larry
Case #: 15540
While elk hunting in northern New Mexico, SPOT user Larry Reeves became a part of a real-life rescue scenario when another hunter frantically reached out to him for help for his partner. “A fellow hunter from another camp raced in to my camp saying his partner had a broken leg after being thrown from a horse. He was going in and out of shock.” After assessing the hunter’s injuries and wrapping his leg as best as he could, Larry realized that trying to move the injured hunter would only cause additional trauma. With limited resources and no access to immediate medical attention, Larry knew the best option for this injured hunter was to press the SOS button on his SPOT device.
Within minutes of the SOS activation, search and rescue efforts were underway. Dispatchers began tracking Larry's coordinates in an effort to pinpoint his exact location. After passing along those coordinates to the helicopter search and rescue team out of Santa Fe, help was on the way. Larry recalls the rescue, "The search and rescue helicopter landed in a forest opening at night. It was pretty cool."
Rescue Profile: Matthias
Case #: 15410
While hiking alone south along the Talgar River, Matthias Uhrlandt ran into dangerous terrain. Heavy rocks and boulders, loose sand and forceful river water were just a few of the elements fighting against Matthias. "After one day of constantly risking my life, I thought I reached a point of no return." Determined to continue on his way, Matthias trudged on, continuing his journey until he could go no farther. "I reached a big cliff, but without any equipment and a helping hand, it was absolutely impossible." Not being able to climb the difficult cliff or get to the other side of the river to safe land, Matthias was trapped.
Rescue Profile: Hiscock
Case #: 15602
Joe Hiscock and his son were looking forward to one of their regular hunting trips to their cabin outside of Burgeo, a rural town situated on the south coast of Newfoundland. Located well off the beaten track with no accessible roads for the last 35 kilometers, the only way in and out of the property is by private helicopter. Snowmobiles are also used in winter months. Since the cabin is in a remote area beyond the reach of both cellular and traditional GSM networks, Joe relies on his SPOT Satellite Messenger to keep in touch with family during his hunting trips. “I use SPOT all year around to stay in touch with my family, to let them know where I am and what I am doing. It’s fantastic.”
Rescue Profile: Garrett
Case #: 15466
Garrett Atkinson and a friend were hiking the Four Pass Loop near Aspen, CO separated by the trail head by over 13 miles in all directions. On the second night, Garrett spent the entire night coughing up blood and fighting his every breath. The next day he tried with all his might to walk out but continued to fall after several attempts. "I was extremely dizzy and nauseated," Garrett remembers. In that moment he knew there was no chance of making it off the trail alone and pressed the SOS button on his
Within two hours, hope had arrived. The helicopter landed and loaded Garrett before taking off to the Aspen Hospital where they found he had developed high-altitude sickness and pulmonary edema.