There's another happy SPOT customer in the world today. A hiker who slid on a snowfield in Rocky Mountain National Park and broke his leg was able to summon rescuers with this pocket-sized emergency beacon.
Matt Martin, from Syracuse, Indiana, and a friend were camping near Lost Lake, which is nearly 10 miles in from the North Fork Trailhead, when he slipped on a snowfield and broke his leg, according to a park release.
Park rangers received a call from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center around 5 p.m. Wednesday with word that they they had received an emergency activation from a SPOT device in the park. Park rangers determined from the latitude and longitude coordinates that it had been activated near Lost Lake in the northeast section of the park, a park release said.
Shortly before 7 p.m. two rangers, including a medic, were taken by helicopter to the general area where the SPOT had been activated. The crew was able to see people on the ground needing assistance. At 7:15 p.m. park rangers reached the 27-year-old Mr. Martin, who had slid 30 yards on a snowfield to the west above Lost Lake and broke a leg, the park reported.
At 8:45 p.m. the patient and medic were flown back to a helispot in the park near Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and the man was taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center. Due to nightfall, the other ranger and helicopter crew member will remain overnight at a backcountry patrol cabin in the northern part of the park. The 27-year-old man was
camping with another person who planned to stay overnight at their backcountry site.
Officially dubbed a "Satellite GPS Messenger," SPOT can be used to summon the authorities ASAP, track and store your movements, allow friends to follow you via Google Maps, and let those back home know that you could use a little assistance but that there's no emergency.