SPOT Saves

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Deaf hiker Amelia Milling relies on trail dog and SPOT for rescue after falling 700 feet in Alaska
Credit: Kelly McCarthy, Good Morning America, ABC

CASE #: 14356
TYPE: Boating-Ocean

ASSET: Motorcycle

CASE #: 15697
TYPE: Off-Road Motorcycle

Professional base jumper credits GPS device for saving him

Professional base jumper, Marshall Miller credits SPOT GPS Messenger with helping save him from a life- threatening situation. Miller ended up running into the wall that he had just jumped off of when unexpected wind activity forced him to open his parachute. He ended up 1,000 feet from the top of this cliff and 2,000 feet from the bottom. Suffering from injuries and with no cell phone coverage, Miller radioed his fellow jumpers, who used SPOT to signal for help. Miller said, "We've used these things for years, but I've never understood the power of these, until you're in a situation like that where it's life and death."
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Climber describes 1,200-foot fall in Cascades

A combination of fast thinking and technology help save a man's life.

After falling approximately 1200 feet during a climbing trip in the Cascades Mountains, a western Washington man, Kevin Weed, is alive and well thanks to his hiking partners' strong survival skills and a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger that was used to alert authorities to his condition. Weed suffered a visible head injury. "I was very concerned that he had brain injury," said Chris Robertson, member of the search and rescue team the rescued Weed.
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Wyoming rescue chief rethinks value of GPS device


A rescue involving falling boulders leads Wyoming rescue chief rethinks value of GPS device

A couple of experienced backcounty users was on a multi-day backpacking trip, carefully traversing the boulders near the base of 13,809-foot Gannett Peak, when a rock dislodged and rolled into the woman's leg, breaking her femur and opening her from knee to groin. The couple used their SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger to issue an emergency alert to authorities Freemont County, WY.
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Alaska State Troopers rescue Healy man freezing in wilderness


November 22, 2011 - According to news sources, a 22-year-old Healy man was rescued by Alaska State Troopers after trying to walk almost 50 miles out of the wilderness in temperatures of 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

Troopers found the man suffering from frostbite and hypothermia, late Saturday night at an unheated cabin on Healy Creek, about 10 miles east of Healy, a few hours after he hit the SOS button on his SPOT device.

“That Spot Tracker saved his life, there’s not a doubt in my mind,” said Eric Jeffords, one of the two Alaska State Troopers who found him. “I don’t think he would have made it until morning.”

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Whitewater Kayaker's Experience with SPOT



August 2, 2011 - The SPOT GPS Messenger first became important to me after a recent trip to Dinky Creek, CA. Dinky Creek is as deep as you can get in the high sierra wilderness. One access trail at the entrance and the only way out is by kayaking the two day adventure of class V whitewater.

We arrived first at the take-out for the river at Balch Camp. Balch Camp is nothing more than a parking lot deep in a canyon hours from your last bar of cell reception. We prepared our gear and went to bed early to feel fresh for our next days adventure. Early that next morning, we were awakened with Helicopters circling overhead and a few minutes later two Italian kayakers were driven down to our site.


The previous evening they had experienced a horrible accident on the river and one of their teammates and good friends died. It was horrific news that hit all of us deep. They had used a SPOT Messenger to send for help as they lost gear and could not continue out on their own.

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