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Rescue Profile: Alex Giesbrecht

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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.

After a quick assessment of the extent of Alex’s injuries, the group pushed the SOS button on their SPOT Satellite Messenger, signaling emergency responders of the immediate need for rescue along with their GPS location coordinates.

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Rescue Profile: Cody Grant

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For emergency and intensive care unit nurse Cody Grant, the snowmobile trek to the Norns Range that he and four experienced snowmobiler riders embarked upon in March 2017, would be at least his 20th visit to the area. Located in southeastern B.C., this spot is a favorite for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers, from snowmobilers to back country skiers.

Towards the end of the day, one of Cody’s friends – who happened to be the most talented snowmobiler of the bunch (Chris) – was in an area which was usually roped off by the local snowmobile association because of blind rolls. He hit a roll and accelerated over what turned out to be a twenty-foot drop. He landed perfectly but the impact of the landing caused an immediate compression of his lumbar spine. He fell off his snowmobile in excruciating pain.

“It was obvious to us that he either broke or seriously injured his back, so we took steps to ensure he was not moving,” says Chris. “Within three minutes of the accident, a decision was made to activate the SPOT Gen3 and send an SOS to emergency responders along with Chris’ GPS location coordinates.”

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Belgian hikers use SPOT for helicopter rescue in Lapland wilderness

July 2017

In July 2017, Jeroen and Laura were on a multi-day hike in the remote wilderness of Lapland when Laura fell seriously ill.

Jeroen is experienced at hiking in the Swedish mountains and has completed many unsupported solo hikes across far-flung expanses, both in -40°C winter conditions and wet summers. He tries to visit the region from his home in Belgium at least twice a year.

As he regularly goes to remote areas, Jeroen bought a SPOT Gen3 to use in case of an emergency as well as to send check-in/ok messages to friends and family at home.

"Our family really appreciate that they can track our progress and get check-in/ok messages from us. They follow us non-stop when we are out in the wilderness. They know if they don't receive a message every 24 hours, then they need to send help to our last known location," Jeroen said.

"I especially like SPOT Gen3's impressive battery life, even with the tracking mode on. I also like the way it is built. It's very rugged," he added.

To prepare for their X-day hiking trip to the Lapland wilderness in Northern Sweden, Jeroen and Laura bought high quality equipment and undertook training including a summer hiking trip to central Sweden.

Jeroen and Laura set out from Kvikkjokk on Friday afternoon and spent the first night camping above the tree line. On day two they hiked further into a high valley.

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Stranded adventure riders use SPOT to initiate rescue following mechanical breakdown

Team “Nova Scotia” captain Adam Cruikshank and his riding partner had just completed the first 5 routes of the Fundy Adventure Rally, a 400+ km motorcycle adventure riding event, when late in the day, along a remote section of the course, the team experienced a flat tire.

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Riding Solo with SPOT

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. For safety, and given that most of the trip was along routes that were remote where she wouldn't have access to cell phone networks, her Dad loaned her a SPOT GPS Satellite Messenger which he used frequently on their sailing & flying trips. Laura says that SPOT would also help "to keep my mom's blood pressure down from worry". In Laura's words, her mom wasn't exactly "stoked" about the solo trip, but with SPOT at least she'd have peace of mind knowing that Laura would be able to stay in touch, sending regular check-in/OK messages.

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