A hiker, who fell 10 feet and snapped his ankle, used SPOT to alert a search and rescue team and lead them to his location. Timothy Nye, 60, had been hiking the Pacific Crest Trail for five weeks when the incident occurred. As Nye stepped to the edge of the trail, the ground beneath him gave away. After Nye recovered from his fall, he used SPOT to send for help and U.S. Navy helicopter arrived to lift Nye from the rough terrain.
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.
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.