Sunday, December 11, 2011

Getting Yourself Rescued/

This morning I listened to the hospital interview of an elderly man who had just been rescued after spending five days stranded in his car in the Arizona mountains.  He survived – his wife did not!   The couple, both in their eighties, had become stranded when their car broke down while taking a short-cut on their way home between Chandler, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico.   The road, a US Forest Service Road that is not maintained in the winter, is seldom traveled at this time of year.  They stayed with the car until it ran out of fuel and then, after five days, decided to walk out.  Mrs. Davis collapsed and died shortly after leaving the car.   With the electronic equipment that is currently available Mrs. Davis’s death could have been prevented.  If they had had a SPOT ™ beacon or one of the other brands of beacons that are easy to use and very effective for alerting family members, or the authorities that they were in trouble they would have been found quickly and rescued.  Read more

1 comment:

  1. This is a great blog Peter. I look forward to following it as you continue to post. I am sure I'll run into you in January or February.