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COVINGTON, La., Aug. 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A Mount Hood Boy Scout Leader, an Arkansas photographer and a Norwegian back country skier are just three of more than 2,000 outdoor adventurers who were brought to safety by dedicated Search and Rescue Teams and the SPOT devices that helped find them when they encountered life threatening situations.
"I will definitely be bringing SPOT with me on future trips," said Gordon Vaughan, who used SPOT to send for help when his hiking buddy collapsed from heat exhaustion in the Grand Canyon. "There is no doubt in my mind that SPOT saved my friend's life."
"SPOT devices take the search out of search and rescue," said Russell Gubele, President and Command Officer of Mountain Wave Search and Rescue near Mount Hood, Oregon. "SPOT sends location coordinates which allows us to conduct our rescue efforts extremely efficiently. As a result, more people are rescued from often life-threatening situations - saving lives, time and money."
Since 2007, the family of SPOT messenger devices has initiated more than 2,000 emergency rescues in 78 countries around the world and at sea. Hikers, boaters, pilots, and remote workers are just a few examples of SPOT users who have signaled for assistance.
In life-threatening emergencies, SPOT users can send SOS messages with their GPS location to the International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC). After an SOS message is received, IERCC quickly verifies the incident and notifies the appropriate local authorities.
Rocky Henderson of Portland Mountain Rescue said, "SPOT not only makes things easier for us, it helps prevent unnecessary search and rescue missions from happening. Being able to let friends and family know that you are okay is a big deal."