The Coast Guard towed a 26-foot boat to shore after it was disabled 28 miles east of Virginia Beach July 11. A 9-1-1 operator contacted the Coast Guard stating they had received a SPOT notification from the vessel School Zone, which indicated their position. Click here to read the news article.
If lightning doesn’t strike twice, do two SPOT devices initiate rescues at the same time in the middle of nowhere? Well, that happened on Thursday, July 23, 2009 in the mountains of Strathcona Park, British Columbia, Canada. Two separate sets of hikers were each found within about five kilometers of one another after activating their SPOT Messengers. Read the complete story published by the Comox Valley Echo by clicking Read More.
Zac Sunderland, a 17-year old from Marina del Rey, California, departed June 14, 2008 in an attempt to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world alone by sailboat. We've supported him with a SPOT and now he is on the home stretch just a short way away in the Panama Canal.
Even encountering pirates along the way at one point, SPOT has been a great tool for Zac and provided peace of mind to his friends and family. Check out this story where after communication gaps, his family was finally updated when Zac used his SPOT GPS Messenger to send an OK Message.
As seen in the economist.com on May 15, 2009:
Satellite phones go where mobiles fear to tread - Imagine the possibilities when such a hand-held gizmo (SPOT) can beam video as well as voice, GPS location and instant messaging.
Check out this article from the authority in scholarly business news, the Economist, on SPOT, the critical need for satellite communications away from cell coverage and the future of the industry. Click here to read.
No, we’re not talking about a job advertisement; we’re talking about the words coming from JT at shootingresources.com. See his interesting review of SPOT and how its design and functionality help thousands live up to the challenge of making it back in one piece while exploring or doing some of life’s most dangerous work. JT: “…It was the longest and probably the most in depth testing we have ever done. We did this for a reason though. This was designed as a rescue device and as such you are putting your life on the line with this one piece of equipment. This is your last hope of rescue or survival therefore it must work flawlessly. So before I would say “yes this works go check it out,” I want to make sure that I trust it with not only my life but those that are closest to me too. So how did the SPOT hold up after all of this? It was nothing short of amazing to be honest. The SPOT is tough plain and simple, there is not much in the normal world that is going to break this device. It held up under every harshness that we threw at it. It needed just a little more than cleaning or to pick it up and dust it off. Sure it shows a little cosmetic wear but who cares it still works.” Click here for the full review.
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.