SPOT Saves

Our Featured Rescue Stories.

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


Tom Robert

Rescue Profile: Tom Roberts
Case #20141

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. His hunting partner used quick thinking and cut a piece of canvas meat bag and wrapped it tightly around Tom’s leg to create a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

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Avid SPOT user activates device three times over 10 years

John Walker

Rescue Profile: John "Swagman" Walker
Various Locations

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.

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Paleontologist Trapped by Boulder Saved by SPOT

Rescue Profile: Allison Stegner
Case #19721

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. "I frequently use the check-in/OK button while working in the field and have found that the coordinates are consistently more accurate than the Garmin Oregon I use for my research. The Garmin has a lot of trouble with cliffs and since I work in Utah, I am frequently near cliffs."

Recently, Allison was surveying an area littered with dangerous slopes and sandstone blocks. As she stepped off a large, 300 pound block, it began to slide and in a matter of seconds, trapped and crushed her foot against another large rock. Finding herself literally caught between a rock and a hard place, she tried to break free and move the boulder, but realized she was trapped. After much thought, she activated the S.O.S. on her SPOT device. "I was in excruciating pain and couldn’t sit or rest because of the way I was trapped. I kept thinking, I am out of sight and in a remote area. How is anyone going to find me?"

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Experienced Hiker Relies on SPOT After Losing Map

Rescue Profile: Corinne Corson
Case #19137

Corinne Corson works for the US Forest Service and is an avid hiker, roaming the hills of Northern California in her spare time. Often hiking on her own, Corinne purchased her SPOT Gen3 in 2014 when she began hiking through more remote areas with her trusty four-legged companion Tucker.

On May 29, while off duty on a holiday, Corinne and Tucker set out on a new trail that she had never hiked before. With her paper map, some food supplies and emergency blanket, Corinne headed out for a quick eight mile hike. Prior to her adventure, Corinne made sure to let a close friend familiar with the area know where she was going just in case.

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Grand Canyon Rescue

Grand Canyon Rescue
Rescue Profile: Bob Bordasch
Case #19136

Bob Bordasch has been backpacking for nearly 55 years and blogging about his trips as a way to remember them for the past nine years. In April 2017, Robert and a friend set off to hike from Kanab Point to Kanab Creek in the Grand Canyon.

After several hours of hiking, he started experiencing pains in his mid-back, close to his kidneys. The farther he hiked, the more pain he felt. The only way he was able to find relief was by stopping every hundred yards or so to bend over. Another hour later and the pain had become debilitating, both in his back and his gut.

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