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                       First Documented Rescue in Europe
May 2008

Technology triumphed over adversity in the great outdoors when an outdoor
adventurer was rescued from a remote Scottish highland after using SPOT, the
World’s first emergency satellite messenger system, to alert emergency services.

Niels Vinther, was rescued after he sent a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)
message to a SPOT emergency call centre from his location in Glen Etive, 15 miles
south of Fort William in Scotland. The Danish man, who currently lives in Sunderland,
had pressed the emergency button when he became incapacitated with acute
abdominal pain whilst attempting a coast-to-coast trek across Scotland.

This is the first documented rescue initiated by SPOT in Europe after its release just
two months ago. “I only bought SPOT last month and already it has proven to be an
extremely useful purchase,” said Niel. “From now on, I will never go on an adventurer
without it.”

Niel, who is Managing Director of pump makers Grundfos , was participating in the
Annual TGO Challenge when the incident occurred. Suffering from excruciating
stomach pains, he found himself without phone signal and alone in the wilderness.
Lucky he had his SPOT device at hand. His emergency message was passed from
the GEOS Emergency Response Centre to Fort William Police Station who
immediately contacted the RAF Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre at Kinloss,
Moray. The RAF team, who coordinate the UK’s search and rescue helicopters,
scrambled a Royal Navy Sea King from Prestwick, Ayrshire to rescue the Danish

A representative of RAF Kinloss commented: “SPOT dramatically cut down the
amount of time it took to rescue the gentleman, as we were called in straight away
and were able to pinpoint his exact location.”
Niel is now fully recovered and actually returned to Scotland a few weeks later to
finish complete the TGO Challenge. “With SPOT at my disposal I feel confident when
getting back out into the great outdoors. I am able to keep friends and family in the
loop, adding to my peace of mind. Also, the device will be great if I spot others in
need of assistance, who may not have such a handy device at their disposal,” said

Greg Tees, a representative from SPOT Europe, said: “It is heart-warming to know
that SPOT played a major part in saving this man’s life. It is a perfect example of why
a device like SPOT, which uses satellite technology to communicate your exact
location, is required. Anyone who likes to enjoy the great outdoors knows how
unreliable mobile phone signals can be in remote areas.”

SPOT has been in distribution in Europe since March 2008, following a successful
introduction in the USA where it has saved many lives already. The device, priced at
£149.95, offers a vital line of communication with friends and family when you want it
and emergency assistance when and where you need it. Users can check in with
loved ones, allow others to track their progress or call for help.

The device has already received global recognition and has been awarded the 2008
Innovations Design and Engineering Award from the Consumer Electronics

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