Getting Lost (and Found) with the Spot Gen 3 Satellite GPS Messenger

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Getting Lost (and Found) with the Spot Gen 3 Satellite GPS Messenger

The latest in the Spot range of satellite communication devices is the Gen 3, a small handheld device designed to give you a critical, life-saving line of communication when you travel beyond the boundaries of mobile coverage.

This device lets family and friends know you’re ok, or if the worst should happen, sends emergency responders your GPS location – all with the push of a button. Add this rugged, pocket sized device to your essential gear and stay connected wherever you roam.

Spot Gen 3 Tracking Device - Specs Diagram

Spot Tracking Devices in Action

Each year the Australian Maritime Safety Authority is responsible for coordinating the rescue of people unlucky enough to be stranded at sea or in the harsh Australian outback.

Over the past two years, the AMSA has coordinated a total of 7571 searches, leading to the rescue of 4881 people. In their reports, the group reported many instances where survivors were located thanks to the use of a Spot tracking device. -

Rescue of solo sailor - Yacht Enya II, Pacific Ocean, 3 September 2014

“AMSA received a 406 MHz distress beacon detection and a SPOT tracking device alert from the yacht Enya II approximately 110 kilometres north of Lord Howe Island around 10am on 3 September 2014.

The solo sailor was travelling between Queensland and New Zealand when his 10-metre yacht hit heavy seas and his yacht suffered rigging damage.”

Rescue of Solo Sailor - Yacht Enya II



Rescue of solo sailor – Poisson d’Avril, Torres Strait, 8 July 2013

“A 70-year-old French solo sailor was winched to safety from his 2.7 metre micro yacht Poisson d’Avril in the Torres Strait after activating his SPOT tracking device in the emergency mode. AMSA coordinated the rescue after the French Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre advised that the sailor had activated the device 170 kilometres north-east of Horn Island, Torres Strait in the early hours of 8 July.

AMSA’s Cairns-based Dornier SAR aircraft, the Horn Island rescue helicopter and the Yorke Island Police Vessel responded to the incident. The sailor was winched on board the rescue helicopter and transported to Thursday Island Hospital later that day.”
Rescue of Solo Sailor - Poisson d'Avril



Rescue of motorcyclist, Boulia, Queensland, 25 October 2014

“AMSA was advised of a SPOT tracker activation north of Boulia, Queensland. AMSA was unable to establish contact with the registered owner who was understood to be riding his motorcycle in the area.

AMSA assumed coordination due to closeness of last light and tasked helicopter Rescue 400 from Mount Isa to the search. The helicopter located the solo motorcycle rider who had suffered multiple fractures from a crash. The victim was transported to a local hospital for further treatment and coordination was transferred to Queensland Police.”
Rescue of Motorcyclist - Boulia, Queensland


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