Rescues In The News

'Extreme 911': Montgomery response team saves injured man in Scotland

by IERCC Duty Officer on February 5, 2019

GEOS is an international company that handles emergency calls from satellite beacons. They operate like a 911 call center.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas — A Texas company answered an SOS call from Scotland and helped save a man Sunday. GEOS is an international company that handles emergency calls from satellite beacons. They operate like a 911 call center. The company opened in Montgomery 10 years ago because it could use a Cold War-era nuclear bunker to ensure 24-hour operations through any disaster.

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Injured Snowmobiler Who Survived 24 Hours Rescued

by IERCC Duty Officer on January 10, 2018

Normand Preteau, 66, was rescued by a helicopter after getting stuck en route to Churchill, Man.

A Métis trapper survived a mild heart attack and 24 hours in the subarctic cold last month after his snowmobile got caught in metre-deep snow.

Normand Preteau, 66, was traveling Jan. 9 by himself from his remote camp to Churchill, a trek of about 240 kilometres, to meet his six children for a family reunion planned for mid-January.

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Injured Ice Climber Rescued

by IERCC Duty Officer on January 1, 2018

by Sierra Wave Media

Mono Search and Rescue aids injured ice climber

At 12:15 pm on Monday, January 1, 2018, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called out for rescue of an injured ice climber. A 64-year old Mono County man fell about 40 feet while climbing ice at Chouinard Falls in Lee Vining Canyon.

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Two Missing Boaters Rescued in the Gulf of Mexico

by IERCC Duty Officer on August 1st, 2016

Galveston, TX (Click2Houston) by Troy Blevins - Online Editor

Karl Shram, Chris Bergeron found safe Saturday evening.

Two boaters who were reported missing by the U.S. Coast Guard were found safe Saturday evening. Officials said the boaters, Karl Shram and Chris Bergeron, are from Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Shram and Bergeron reportedly left Lake Charles aboard a 42-foot boat. Officials said their departure time was unknown.

The Coast Guard said the men used their satellite phone to make a distress call to the International Emergency Response Coordination Center.

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Cross Country Cyclist Sidelined After Accident

by IERCC Duty Officer on May 6th, 2016

GOES IERCC Sends Aid to Canadian Man with Autism Biking Cross Country

ELKO, Nev. (KWQC) – A man who made a stop in the Quad Cities last month on his cross-country bike ride for Autism Awareness has been forced to postpone his trip due to an injury.

According to his Facebook page, Paul Favro Jr. has traveled over 2,000 miles and was less than 500 miles from his goal when the accident happened. Favro made a stop in the Quad Cities, crossing the Mississippi River on April 12, 2016. While he was here, he talked about Autism and his journey.

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Lost Hiker - Essex County

by IERCC Duty Officer on April 13, 2016

Essex County, New York - Town of North Hudson (Dix Mountain Wilderness) Hiker Found and Rescued.

On April 10 at 12:40 a.m., DEC Central Dispatch received notification from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) of a personal locator beacon (PLB) emergency activation alert. A 52-year-old man from Voorheesville, NY and a 40-year-old woman from Albany, NY activated the PLB near the Slide Brook lean-to in the Dix Mountain Wilderness Area, reporting they were lost.

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U.S. Coast Guard Sees Honey Cutter Crew Safely To Honolulu

by IERCC Duty Officer on September 12, 2015

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard safely delivered the two-man crew of the sailing vessel Honey Cutter to Honolulu on Saturday.

A Coast Guard Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew escorted the vessel under its own auxiliary power into Keehi Lagoon from just off Honolulu, following a multiday tow beginning 450 miles northeast of Oahu by good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Capt. Kenneth and then the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard command center in Honolulu received an International Emergency Response Coordination Center relayed report of an SOS activation from a GPS device registered to the master of the Honey Cutter at 11:43 a.m. Wednesday. The initial message indicated the vessel had suffered a keel fracture and was taking on water at a rate of 2 gallons per hour. On board pumps were keeping up with the flooding.

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South Carolina Man and Son Rescued

by IERCC Duty Officer on July 20, 2015

From: Sweetwater County’s Online News Source - Rock Springs — Sweetwater County deputies, Eden-Farson Fire Department emergency responders, and a search aircraft worked together to locate and rescue a South Carolina man and his son in a remote area in northern Sweetwater County Wednesday afternoon.

According to Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell, Richard Kendrick, 54, of Greenville, South Carolina, and his 19-year-old son, whose name was not available at press time, have been traveling through several western states on a two-week back country trip riding dual-sport motorcycles.

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by IERCC Duty Officer on December 2, 2014

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard medevaced an injured 62-year-old man from his sailboat Thursday approximately 100 miles east of Kill Devil Hills.

Watchstanders at the Fifth Coast Guard District command center in Portsmouth, Virginia, received notification at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center, reporting they received a distress message from the sailboat Austina. The report stated the boat operator fell, injured his hip and was in need of medical assistance.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the crew of the MCT Matterhorn to assist. The MCT Matterhorn is registered with the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System.

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IERCC Rescues Cyclist Using Spot Messenger

by IERCC Duty Officer on October 8, 2014

SPOT LLC, Rescue Profile - Case #12629

Bill Peschka, a Tour Divide Veteran, was cycling in Wyoming as part of an ultra-distance mountain bike race following the Continental Divide from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border at Antelope Wells, NM.

One June afternoon, Peschka was cycling in Sweetwater County where he stumbled upon Andreas Fassbender, a German cyclist heading north to Canada. Fassbender had been catapulted off his bike after hitting a patch of deep sand with the front wheel.

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US Coast Guard Rescues Injured Hiker Near Shubrick Peak

by IERCC Duty Officer on July 21, 2014

Dale, a retired community college administrator and instructor, is an avid hiker, backpacker and cyclist. At the age of 67, he now spends most of his free time hiking through the backcountry of Oregon and California alone and with fellow backpackers.

Like many hikers, Dale often worried about connectivity during his travels. This is why SPOT peaked his interest when reading one of his favorite magazines. Soon after, Dale visited REI to purchase his first SPOT device. In celebration of Memorial Day, Dale and 7 other hikers ranging from ages 51 to 74 decided to take a five day trip to Mattole Beach Campground near Petrolia, California. This time, he made sure to add his new SPOT Gen 3™ as a “must bring” item.

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Sailing Adventure Ends in Rescue off the Coast of Nicaragua

by IERCC Duty Officer on June 23, 2014

For Gulfport, Mississippi native Zach Morrison, adventure has always come calling. A former golf pro, avid traveller and sailing enthusiast, Zach says that he’s known among his friends for attempting crazy things. So when he announced that he was planning to purchase and restore a 1937 55-foot schooner and sail it from Los Angeles to Gulfport through the Panama Canal his friends weren’t surprised, but they were worried for him nonetheless.

Zach named the restored schooner Rebel Yell as a tribute to his alma mater Ole Miss and because it was so symbolic of his passion for adventure and the freedom to explore. Once he finished the schooner’s restoration, he asked a friend and his father if they wanted to join him on the trip of a lifetime. They said yes, and the group began making preparations to leave, including the evaluation of what gear to take.

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Horse and rider rescued following slide down steep canyon on the famed Pacific Crest Trail in California

by IERCC Duty Officer on June 23, 2014

Two-way communications capability of DeLorme inReach assured timely dispatch of appropriate resources and helicopter rescue.

Paul V. and his wife Gail have dreamed of riding the entire length of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail for several years. They had spent many hours researching all the gear they would need to take on the ride, personally conducting numerous evaluations to determine the perfect combination of the lightest weight, safest and most effective options. Knowing that the trail could be very dangerous in certain areas and that cell coverage would be intermittent, the couple chose to take an inReach with them in case they ran into any trouble.

“We planned for just about everything, but I didn’t realize how valuable my inReach was going to be,” said Paul. “If you’re going to be in a remote wilderness area, it’s wrong not to invest in something that will ensure that you can live to tell about it.”

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Lost Hunter

by IERCC Duty Officer on April 8, 2014

Published by SPOT

Bill, current President of Ruby Valley Search and Rescue and a “retired” Army pilot, is an avid hunter and fisherman. Needless to say, Bill spends a lot of time outdoors; he jokingly states he knows most trees on a first name basis.

Several years ago, Bill developed a preparedness plan, which included having a SPOT device. He even developed a messaging system for friends and family on his contact list: (1) Check In message in the morning and evening to family and friends, (2) Check In messages back to back to let them know he got an elk, and (3) Check In messages back to back to let everyone know that he was headed out of the backcountry.

As usual, Bill had his SPOT device with him on a recent elk hunting trip in Beaverhead National Forest, Montana. Having a SPOT device was especially important because the location was 20 miles from the nearest paved road and 40+ miles from cell coverage, with no other hunters or personnel within 800 to 1000 square miles.

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Pilot walks away from engine-failure landing near McGrath

by IERCC Duty Officer on February 12, 2014

Alaska News - Zaz Hollander - August 29, 2013

The engine on Will Johnson’s float-equipped Cessna 206 cut out a thousand feet above the tree-studded tundra near McGrath.

The plane started losing altitude. Johnson let it.

The 66-year-old commercial pilot knew enough to push the plane’s nose down and let gravity take over.

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B.C.: 2 fathers, group of 8 kids rescued after unplanned night on mountain near Rossland

by IERCC Duty Officer on February 12, 2014

ROSSLAND – The overnight rescue of two fathers and a group of eight kids from the backcountry of a ski resort in the West Kootenays should be a warning to others to stay in bounds unless they have a GPS tracking device, a search and rescue expert says.

The group – up from Washington State and staying at one of the adult’s resort properties – spent a chilly night huddled with rescuers after accidentally going out of bounds on a new portion of Red Mountain Resort, near Rossland.

“A little bit of a mistake and an accident got them out of bounds and into trouble,” said Rossland RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dave Johnson.

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Danger In Cherry Creek

by IERCC Duty Officer on September 25, 2013

Several friends headedout for a quick lap of kayaking in California’s Cherry Bomb gorge. Gear packed and ready for the water, Ben, who had bought a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ a few days before, tossed the device in his backpack as an afterthought. “The camp was only 10 minutes away and it was just a quick trip,” recalled Ben. “I didn’t think we would need SPOT, but I figured I’ve got it, I might as well take it.”

Ben, sidelined from a previous injury, watched from a ledge as his friends passed by.

Dave, one of the fittest and strongest members of the group, was stuck in a pothole and wasn’t coming out. After what seemed like eternity, his capsized boat washed slowly around the corner and over the weir. Another paddler somehow managed to get to Dave and paddle out of the hole. Once out of the water, Dave began to receive CPR.

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The Tajik Evacuation

by IERCC Duty Officer on September 25, 2013

Last week, a call for help swept across social media and onto the websites of national magazines and hometown newspapers. On Sept. 30, five American kayakers had activated a satellite-beacon distress signal in a remote part of eastern Tajikistan. Other than the team’s geographic coordinates, the message contained no information. Expedition kayaker Fred Norquist summed up the general feeling in his Facebook feed on Oct. 1: “This does not sound good,” he wrote. “Please share.”

The paddlers, Nate and Matthew Klema, Ben Luck, Charles King and Cooper Lambla, had been hiking over the 16,800-foot Takhtakorum Pass to reach the Musku River, a sliver of whitewater that cuts through the heart of the Pamirs, the third-highest mountain range in the world. The region’s extreme remoteness would have felt familiar to the kayakers, all experienced expedition paddlers who had spent the previous two months paddling in Siberia and Kyrgyzstan.

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Off-Road Adventure Takes a Dangerous Turn

by IERCC Duty Officer on September 25, 2013

Frank and three of his friends got together for a day of off-road riding in the California forest. The friends were all expert quad riders, knowing both their vehicles and the terrain. With packed lunches and dressed for cool weather, off they went to explore.

OffRoadAdventureTakesAlong the way, they encountered a large log and decided to ride across it. Frank successfully crossed first, followed by Sam. While crossing, Sam accidentally hit his throttle wide open. His quad bucked sideways and Sam’s friends watched in disbelief as he fell 70 feet.

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Trapped In Australian High Country

by IERCC Duty Officer on September 25, 2013

Colin, an avid motorcyclist, purchased a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ during a motorcycle tour in South America to let the folks back home keep up with his progress. He also liked the idea of having a 911 button in the event of a critical emergency in an area without cellular coverage. Having just purchased his SPOT device in July 2012, Colin probably was not expecting to use the S.O.S. feature so soon.

A few months later, Colin was looking forward to enjoying a beautiful Australian summer day biking on the scenic trails. He checked his bike, packed up his gear, which included his new SPOT device, and headed off into the Victorian High Country with one of his mates. The friends were enjoying the scenery when Colin lost his balance and fell downhill. The fall resulted in the breaking of his collar bone.

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Three Friends Story of Survival

by IERCC Duty Officer on September 25, 2013

Aage, Kory and Randall had gone on many adventures together. Four-wheeler riding, RVing, international travel and exploring the North American outback were all on their activity list.

Their love of adventure is what brought them together for a snowmobiling ride in the mountains of Northern Utah on January 10, 2013. The men had no reason to believe this trip would be any different than the many others they had been on before. The area they planned to visit was one where Aage had previously been, and they looked forward to being home in plenty enough time to tell their loved ones good night. Although the group had no reason to suspect any danger, Randall decided to re-activate his SPOT device before leaving. After sending a test message, the trio headed out, not knowing that Randall’s small action would soon have a significant effect on their lives.

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