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.
Rescue Profile: Bill and Andreas
Case #: 12629
Bill Peschka, a Tour Divide Veteran, was cycling in Wyoming as part of an ultra-distance mountain bike race following the Continental Divide from Banff Canada to the Mexican border at Antelope Wells, NM.
One June afternoon, Peschka was cycling in Sweetwater County where he stumbled upon Andreas Fassbender, a German cyclist heading north to Canada. Fassbender had been catapulted off his bike after hitting a patch of deep sand with the front wheel. Fassbender had been lying on the ground waiting for 2 hours as he was unable to connect to local authorities due to lack of cellular coverage. Luckily for Fassbender, Peschka had his SPOT handy.
The SOS was pushed and within 30 minutes, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office had arrived on the scene and was looking for SPOT Owner, Peschka by name. Two ambulances had been dispatched because they were unsure of the road conditions and wanted to get quickly to Fassbender’s aide. They loaded Fassbender into the ambulance and off they went.