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  • Never Out of Reach

    A climate scientist relies on a GPS satellite communicator to get him out of tight spots.
     
    Never Out of Reach
    Please call Global Rescue.  
    John broken arm, ribs, internal bleeding.
    Fell 70 ft crevasse.
    Climbed out.
    Himlung camp 2.
    Please hurry.
    That simple text message, sent May 19 via the DeLorme inReach communicator, alerted search-and-rescue monitors that the leader of a Himalayan research team was in dire straits.
    Dr. John All, director of the American Climber Science Program (ACSP), was leading a team collecting snow samples in the highest mountain range in the world to study the impacts of climate change when he tumbled into a crevasse. “After crawling back for hours to my tent, I sent texts via my sat messenger for help,” All told the local Kathmandu newspaper.
    The climate scientist was rescued via a helicopter and admitted to Norvic International Hospital in Kathmandu with five broken ribs, a dislocated shoulder, and internal bleeding. After a day in the ICU, he was discharged for a week of rest before returning for further care in the United States.
     
     
    The DeLorme inReach Explorer.
    In an emergency such as All experienced, the interactive SOS capability of the inReach automatically triggers remote tracking and allows users to communicate via text with responders at GEOS, DeLorme’s partner for international 24/7 search-and-rescue monitoring.

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