Rescue Profile: Bill and his comrade
Case #: 11936
Bill, current President of Ruby Valley Search and Rescue and a "retired" Army pilot, is an avid hunter and fisherman. Needless to say, Bill spends a lot of time outdoors; he jokingly states he knows most trees on a first name basis.
Several years ago, Bill developed a preparedness plan, which included having a SPOT device. He even developed a messaging system for friends and family on his contact list: (1) Check In message in the morning and evening to family and friends, (2) Check In messages back to back to let them know he got an elk, and (3) Check In messages back to back to let everyone know that he was headed out of the backcountry.
Rescue Profile: Keith and Duane
Case #: 11163
Duane and Keith are an active and experienced father-son climbing duo. Safety is always a priority, which is why Keith decided to purchase a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ to take on their outdoor adventures.
On one such adventure, father and son were climbing Handies Peak in Colorado when the pair's day took a life-threatening turn. Duane began to experience severe chest pains and could not continue. At almost 14 thousand feet, storm clouds gathering and spotty cellular coverage, Keith pressed the SOS button on his SPOT device.
Rescue Profile: Ben and Dave
Case #: 7438
Several friends headed out for a quick lap of kayaking in California's Cherry Bomb gorge. Gear packed and ready for the water, Ben, who had bought a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ a few days before, tossed the device in his backpack as an afterthought. "The camp was only 10 minutes away and it was just a quick trip," recalled Ben. "I didn't think we would need SPOT, but I figured I've got it, I might as well take it."
Ben, sidelined from a previous injury, watched from a ledge as his friends passed by.
Rescue Profile: Frank and Sam
Case #: 9925
Frank and three of his friends got together for a day of off-road riding in the California forest. The friends were all expert quad riders, knowing both their vehicles and the terrain. With packed lunches and dressed for cool weather, off they went to explore.
Along the way, they encountered a large log and decided to ride across it. Frank successfully crossed first, followed by Sam. While crossing, Sam accidentally hit his throttle wide open. His quad bucked sideways and Sam's friends watched in disbelief as he fell 70 feet.
Rescue Profile: Todd Churchill
Case #: 3397
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.