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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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ACCIDENTAL STAB WOUND ENDS WITH THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

RESCUE PROFILE: Tom Roberts
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Tom Roberts is an avid hunter in the backcountry of Canada and has been hunting big game for many years. In August 2017, Tom and his hunting partner set off to their favourite spot in the mountains to do some sheep hunting. After his partner shot a ram, Tom took on the job of skinning his hunting partner’s prize. His knife was caught up in the hide so he torqued with his knife. As he did this, the knife came though the hide and he stabbed himself near his knee right to the bone.

SPOT User Activates Device Three Times over 10 Years

RESCUE PROFILE: John Walker

John Walker aka Swagman is no stranger to overcoming challenging situations. As a U.S. Navy Veteran and avid hiker, Swagman loves being outside and takes on nature one hiking trail at a time with plans to conquer the Appalachian Trail in 2018. With safety in mind, Swagman purchased his first SPOT device in 2008 after his sister persuaded him to do so—she didn’t want him to be mauled by a bear or rabid racoon. Little did he know that his SPOT device would be put to use not only once, but a total of three times over the past ten years.

Paleontologist Trapped by Boulder Saved by SPOT

RESCUE PROFILE: Allison Stegner
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Allison Stegner is a paleontologist, and currently is an intern for the Bureau of Land Management surveying the Bears Ears National Monument for fossils. As a paleontologist and ecologist, Allison works in remote parts of Utah and has relied on SPOT since 2013. Recently, Allison was surveying an area littered with dangerous slopes and sandstone blocks.

Accidental Gunshot Wound While Hunting Ends in SPOT Rescue

RESCUE PROFILE: Jim Adkins
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Jim Adkins, a pilot and avid hunter, purchased his SPOT Gen3 for hunting season so that his family could track him. Two weeks later, Jim had to use his SPOT for the one thing he hoped he would never have to. Jim was elk hunting with his son in Eastern Oregon when his son suffered an accidental gunshot wound. 

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."

FATHER AND SON ACTIVATE SPOT AFTER BOAT FLIPS IN ALASKA

RESCUE PROFILE: Ed and Elias Stratton
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On August 12, 2016, father and son, Ed and Elias Stratton, were making a normal trip to the local lodge to get some groceries that were being delivered to the area with a friend. Traveling down the Skwentna River was a trip they had made countless times in their airboat. This particular day, they decided to visit with friends at the lodge after picking up their supplies before heading home.

Outdoor Enthusiast Rescued on the Pacific Crest Trail

RESCUE PROFILE: Deb Fuller
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Conquering the mountainous North American Pacific Crest Trail is no walk in the park, but that never stopped Deb Fuller, a 63-year-old great-grandmother of six, and her husband Rick from taking on the trek. The seasoned outdoor enthusiasts were determined to scratch the 2,650 mile trail off their bucket list. Luckily, with experience comes safety-consciousness, so the couple brought their SPOT Gen3® Satellite Messenger along for their adventure.

Motorcyclist Hits Rough Patch in Los Padres National Forest

RESCUE PROFILE: Alfred Moore
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Alfred Moore, an outdoor aficionado from Southern California, has been riding motorcycles for four years, on average 3-5 days a week. He and seven of his buddies recently went on a three-day weekend camping trip in the Los Padres National Forest. On the second day, Alfred and one other were tailing at the end of their group when he hit a switchback in the soft sand and took a hard fall.

ELK HUNTER USES HIS SPOT DEVICE TO ASSIST FELLOW HUNTER IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO

RESCUE PROFILE: Larry
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While elk hunting in northern New Mexico, SPOT user Larry Reeves became a part of a real-life rescue scenario when another hunter frantically reached out to him for help for his partner.  “A fellow hunter from another camp raced in to my camp saying his partner had a broken leg after being thrown from a horse.  He was going in and out of shock.”  After assessing the hunter’s injuries and wrapping his leg as best as he could, Larry realized that trying to move the injured hunter would only cause additional trauma.  With limited resources and no access to immediate medical attention, Larry knew the best option for this injured hunter was to press the SOS button on his SPOT device.

SPOT GEN3® Rescues Hiker in the Mountains of Almaty Near Southern Kazakhstan

RESCUE PROFILE: Matthias
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While hiking alone south along the Talgar River, Matthias Uhrlandt ran into dangerous terrain. Heavy rocks and boulders, loose sand and forceful river water were just a few of the elements fighting against Matthias. "After one day of constantly risking my life, I thought I reached a point of no return." Determined to continue on his way, Matthias trudged on, continuing his journey until he could go no farther. "I reached a big cliff, but without any equipment and a helping hand, it was absolutely impossible." Not being able to climb the difficult cliff or get to the other side of the river to safe land, Matthias was trapped.

SPOT Rescues Hiker on Four Pass Loop near Aspen, CO

RESCUE PROFILE: Garrett
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Garrett Atkinson and a friend were hiking the Four Pass Loop near Aspen, CO separated by the trail head by over 13 miles in all directions. On the second night, Garrett spent the entire night coughing up blood and fighting his every breath. The next day he tried with all his might to walk out but continued to fall after several attempts. "I was extremely dizzy and nauseated," Garrett remembers. In that moment he knew there was no chance of making it off the trail alone and pressed the SOS button on his SPOT device.

California Wildfire Survivor Praises SPOT

RESCUE PROFILE: Stan
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On a Tuesday morning in June, experienced hiker Stan Reese set out on a solo 4 day hike in the mountainous area outside of San Bernardino, California. Everything was going great until day three of his hike. As Reese started to hike towards San Gorgonian Mountain, he looked over his left shoulder to the north and saw heavy smoke. Being a southern California resident, he knew that meant a wildfire had broken out and he would need to abandon his plans immediately.

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