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Plane Crash Survivor Credits SPOT Device with Rescue

Rescue Profile: John Gregory


“The engine quit, and I ended up in a tree. By the grace of God, I didn’t fall out of it.” That is what 79-year-old John Gregory says about April 23, 2019, the day his plane crashed into a tree in a remote part of Idaho. Mr. Gregory was flying out of his ranch near Challis when something went wrong.
 

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SPOT TO THE RESCUE OF SERIOUSLY INJURED BACK COUNTRY SKIER

RESCUE PROFILE: Alex Giesbrecht
Alex Giesbrecht

Alex Giesbrecht is an experienced back country skier, who is a member of a ski patrol at a local resort near Golden, in the southeastern area of B.C. He also conducts avalanche safety training courses for a variety of user groups. On March 30th 2017, Alex and a group of 12 experienced skiers headed out for a day of back country skiing. The group used snowmobiles to climb to the top, designating one member of each pair to take the snowmobile down – the rest would ski down. On one run, Alex lost control and ran into a tree, fracturing 12 ribs and puncturing a lung, along with other serious impact injuries

Riding Solo with SPOT

RESCUE PROFILE: Laura Jones

Two years ago Laura Jones bought her first motorcycle, a Suzuki GS500, on Mother's Day. She says "on a whim" last May she decided to venture out on her first month-long solo motorcycle adventure starting with a 4-day journey that would take her from Calgary, Alberta to meet friends in Buena Vista, Colorado.

Iqaluit Hunter Rescued after Snowmobile Breaks Down on the Ice in -40° Celsius

RESCUE PROFILE: Adam Noah
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Early in the morning of March 10th, 2016, Adam Noah, a hunter from Baker Lake, Nunavut, headed out on his snowmobile for a day of caribou hunting. By the middle of the afternoon, when he was in a remote area about 45 kilometers east of Baker Lake, his snowmobile broke down. The temperature in that area was -40° Celsius.

INJURED PILOT CAM VILLENEUVE RESCUED FOLLOWING CRASH NEAR KAMLOOPS, BC

RESCUE PROFILE: Cam Villeneuve
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Cam Villeneuve is a recreational pilot from the Thompson Valley Sport Aircraft Club in Kamloops, BC who loves to fly year-round. He has even installed skis on his small aircraft so that he can "land everywhere, on land, on hill sides and on lakes."

In the mid-afternoon of February 1st, 2016, Villeneuve was returning to Blair Fields Airport, wrapping up a 45-minute flight. It was a beautiful sunny day and he was having fun landing and taking off from frozen lakes on the south side of Kamloops. On his approach to the landing strip, at a distance of about 3 miles, the aircraft "became very unstable and hard to control" says Villeneuve. "All of a sudden I was looking straight down at the ground from about 400 feet."

ANNUAL HUNTING TRIP ENDS WITH SPOT RESCUE

RESCUE PROFILE: Joe Hiscock
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Joe Hiscock and his son were looking forward to one of their regular hunting trips to their cabin outside of Burgeo, a rural town situated on the south coast of Newfoundland. Located well off the beaten track with no accessible roads for the last 35 kilometers, the only way in and out of the property is by private helicopter. Snowmobiles are also used in winter months. Since the cabin is in a remote area beyond the reach of both cellular and traditional GSM networks, Joe relies on his SPOT Satellite Messenger to keep in touch with family during his hunting trips. “I use SPOT all year around to stay in touch with my family, to let them know where I am and what I am doing. It’s fantastic.”

SPOT GPS SATELLITE MESSENGER INITIATES RESCUE OF INJURED HIKER IN KANANASKIS, ALBERTA

RESCUE PROFILE: Jamie Waine

On March 15, 2014 Jamie Waine trekked to Bull Creek Hill in Alberta's Kananaskis Country with her boyfriend, his dad and a group of avid geocacher and hikers. Having reached the top of the lookout, the trio were four kilometres from the bottom of Bull Creek Hill when Jamie slipped on some rocks and broke her ankle.

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