On Sunday, May 15th 2011, the GEOS International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center (IERCC) received an SOS notification from a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. The location coordinates provided were that of a remote avalanche-prone region in Washington State's Northern Cascade mountain range. The registered owner of the SPOT Messenger is Dan Anderson, a former Marine, a retired Army Special Forces Soldier (Green Beret) war veteran and a Washington State Trooper.
The IERCC contacted the Washington State OEM (Office of Emergency Management) providing the location coordinates and Mr. Anderson's registered profile information. An immediate search and rescue was dispatched.
Days earlier, the off-duty Mr. Anderson embarked on a planned crossing of the rugged Cascades. An experienced outdoorsman, he had decided to complete the crossing solo by snowshoe.
Anderson headed towards Holden Village near the north end of Lake Chelan. As he was setting up camp on Sunday night near a mountain glacier above 5,000' elevation, Anderson realized that he had lost his all-season tent during an earlier fall. A combination of heavy rain and snow left Anderson cold, wet and without proper shelter.
December 14, 2010 - At 0556 GMT the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) received a SOS alert from a SPOT device. The coordinates showed the unit to be located 393 Nautical Miles (NM) northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico and 475NM southeast of Hamilton, Bermuda.
On Friday, February 18, 2011, the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) received a 911/SOS alert from a SPOT device in Nevada. IERCC personnel contacted local emergency services that responded to the location of the incident. Once on scene, emergency personnel worked to extricate one individual that had become trapped under heavy machinery. After being freed, the injured party was taken, via helicopter, to a nearby hospital.
February 6, 2011 - The GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) received a 911/SOS alert from a SPOT device. Local emergency services were contacted and informed of the activation. Emergency personnel responded to the coordinates finding an injured individual that had been involved in a snow skiing accident. The victim was airlifted to a nearby hospital with several broken ribs.
February 5, 2011 at 1442 GMT the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) received a 911/SOS alert from a SPOT device. The unit was activated by two individuals that had witnessed an accident while out on snowmobiles. IERCC personnel contacted local emergency services and informed them of the activation. Local emergency services stated that they had just received a report regarding the incident and had emergency personnel in route to the general area. The IERCC provided the latitude and longitude aiding emergency services in pinpointing the exact location of the incident.