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Recent rescue of Dutch adventurers in Iceland is one of 25 European rescues so far this year

Dublin, Ireland (December 8, 2015) - Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., (NYSE: GSAT) and the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, announced today that its SPOT family of products has initiated 4,000 rescues around the world since its launch in 2007. SPOT is currently being used by customers to initiate almost two rescues a day and delivers affordable location-based messaging and life-saving emergency notification technology to hundreds of thousands of users, completely independent of mobile phone coverage.

Michael Herrera, SPOT’s 4,000th rescue and a retired Houston firefighter was off-roading alone in DeKalb County, Alabama on his dual-sport dirt bike when he took a hard fall. Although initially disoriented, his experience as a first responder told him that his injuries were more serious than he could see. It was then that he reached for his SPOT Gen3® and pressed the S.O.S. button. Within 40 minutes of the S.O.S. activation, an ATV and ambulance were onsite. At the hospital, it was determined that he had suffered a broken collarbone, three broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung. 

There have been 25 rescues in Europe in the year to date and 128 in total since 2008. One European rescue took place in October 2015. Dennis van Dokkum, a wilderness guide and survival instructor at Overleven Survival School was taking a team of adventurers to a remote part of Iceland when one of its Land Rovers got stuck on an underwater sandbank in a fast flowing glacier river. The four passengers escaped onto the roof of the vehicle and pressed for help using their SPOT Messenger. Van Dokkum, commented, “SPOT worked perfectly, it was great. In just two hours the emergency services had rescued the stranded passengers and towed the vehicle out of the river. Everyone was warm, dry and safe.”

SPOT products work virtually everywhere in the world, most recently expanded to provide Pan-African coverage. Offering peace of mind through reliable satellite-based connectivity, SPOT users have the ability to track assets, use location-based messaging and get help beyond the boundaries of mobile phone reception.

“We are dedicated to offering affordable, life-saving technology that people can rely on,” said Jay Monroe, CEO and Chairman of Globalstar. “Reaching this 4000th rescue milestone is a true testament to the success of our mission, and our entire team takes great pride in the thousands of lives that have been saved through SPOT-initiated rescues over the past eight years. It is evident that SPOT continues to be a go-to companion for anyone adventuring or working outside of the mobile phone network.”

“We are pleased to continue to provide such an important service for owners and users of SPOT devices. In this day and age, people shouldn’t have to worry about lack of access to emergency services as they work and travel the globe, and our 24/7 emergency response centre and certified team at the International Emergency Response Coordination Centre (IERCC) ensures that should an emergency occur, we’ll get you out quickly and safely,” commented Mark Garver, CEO of GEOS Safety and Response.

The SPOT family is comprised of SPOT Gen3, SPOT Trace and the accompanying SPOT App:

SPOT Gen3 offers multiple tracking features, powerful battery performance and power options including rechargeable and USB direct-line power. Features include: SOS feature to immediately reach emergency personnel if required, custom tracking with 2 ½, 5, 10, 30, or 60 minute tracking intervals, motion-activated tracking, continuous tracking and long battery life.  Family, friends and co-workers can track each user’s journey using the SPOT App.

SPOT Trace, the newest addition to the SPOT family, is already helping approximately 20,000 customers keep tabs on their high-value assets like boats, all-terrain vehicles, off-road bikes and caravans. Users can receive theft-alert SMS texts or emails when movement is detected. Customised tracking intervals and notification features, such as power off and daily status messages, are included with Basic Service. SPOT Trace’s battery life of up to 18 months and available line power option lets users confidently monitor assets on and off the grid, in near real-time. The SPOT App makes the platform even more useful, enabling easy tracking on smartphones and tablets.

GEOS Search and Rescue is an additional membership offered for as low as €15 a year, providing financial relief of possible expenditures occurred during a Search and Rescue incident. The additional membership can cover up to $100,000 of incurred expenses in a given membership year.
For more information on the Iceland and Texas rescues and to learn more about SPOT products and services, please visit To download video footage of Michael Herrera and his wife telling their story, click here.


SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., provides affordable satellite communication and tracking devices for recreational use. SPOT messaging devices use both the GPS satellite network and the Globalstar network to transmit text messages and GPS coordinates. Since 2007, SPOT has provided peace of mind by allowing customers to remain in contact completely independent of cellular coverage, having initiated over 4,000 rescues worldwide. For more information, visit Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the products of SPOT LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia. SPOT Connect is a trademark of Spot LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For media information, please contact:
Gavan Murphy
Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd.

Rachel Postlethwaite
White Tiger Communications
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