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SPOT Messenger Rescues Cyclist

by GEOS IERCC Duty Officer on October 8, 2104

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.

Fassbender had been lying on the ground for 2 hours, as he was unable to connect to local authorities due to lack of cellular coverage. Luckily for Fassbender, Peschka had his SPOT handy. The SOS was pushed and within 30 minutes, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office had arrived on the scene and was looking for SPOT Owner, Peschka, by name. Two ambulances had been dispatched because they were unsure of the road conditions. They loaded Fassbender into the ambulance and transported him to a hospital in Casper, WY with a broken hip.

Fassbender and Peschka have kept in touch to this day. Andreas spent some weeks in Casper and was able to return to Germany. He has undergone rehabilitation and has started to ride again. Peschka states, “By now, he’s probably riding a lot. When I last heard from him, he was contemplating a return to the U.S. in 2015 to restart his interrupted tour and was asking me questions about SPOT trackers.”

SPOT not only saves lives, but can create longtime friendships.We encourage you to share this account of SPOT’s life-saving technology with the adventurers in your life.

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