Elephant is rescued from the claws of death
A distressed call came through to Kenyan Wildlife Services. It was apparent that Mountain Bull, one of the oldest elephants on the preserve, had to die. He had lived for decades near Mount Kenya, but had absconded from his reserve home along with a posse of other male tuskers to pillage the crops in nearby village. The villagers were justifiably outraged because the elephants ate up their very livelihoods. Over the last two years, this had become a regular occurrence and the impoverished locals wanted the culprits tracked down and killed. Now it appeared as though Mountain Bull was going to be killed. The only thing that could have saved him would be a plea from researcher Douglas-Hamilton and his colleagues.
Jake Wall, one of the researchers, a remote sensing specialist, declared, “We were surprised to hear he had been out with the crop raiders. We knew he usually stayed in safe places.” His doubts were confirmed when a review of their records revealed that Mountain Bull had, travelled to the farmer’s fields just once in the last two years… and that one time was the night that villagers spotted him in their fields. Research team leader, Douglass-Hamilton, chuckled, “He must have been taken in by some bad friends that night.” The elephant rescue organization, Save the Elephants, pleaded on behalf of Mountain Bull, begging for mercy using his mostly untarnished record as evidence of his docile nature.
As a result, the wildlife managers agreed to spare his life. Mountain Bull’s life was saved due to the modern technology of our GPS tracking data. Unfortunately, GPS also revealed that the other rogue elephants were guilty of raiding the fields on a regular basis. Because of this irrefutable evidence, they were not as lucky as Mountain Bull, and were put to death. Source
Cell Phone GPS Finds Transplant Patient
GPS tracking technology on cell phones has been used to locate criminals and even to help emergency workers find accident victims who are unable to give their precise locations. Recently, police in the small Pennsylvania town of Harrisville used their GPS global positioning technology tracking system to locate the mother of a 10-year-old boy who was awaiting a heart transplant. Thanks to the GPS tracking capabilities, John Paul May, of Harrisville, Pennsylvania, underwent a successful heart transplant surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
The story could have had a very different ending, however. He would have been passed over for the donor heart if police had not been able to track down John Paul and his mother using the GPS tracking device implanted inside her cell phone. When Sue May, John Paul’s mother didn’t answer her phone and police could not find the boy or reach him by phone, they contacted Sprint, Sue’s cell phone service provider, to get her cell phone coordinates. According to state Cpl. James Green, a warrant from a judge is required before the police are allowed to use GPS technology to locate someone unless it is life or death situation or they are tracking someone who is wanted in a homicide. No doubt, this was definitely a life or death situation. Using the coordinates provided by Sprint, state police tracked the phone to a Slippery Rock University building. When Green interrupted the show and announced that he was looking for young John Paul and his mother, Sue, the audience of about 500 jumped to their feet and gave the boy a standing ovation.
Steve Hawk, a music professor who was conducting the concert gushed, “I’ve been in the entertainment business for 30 years and never had such an emotional, shocking event happen at something live.” Source
Climber Survives on K2 thanks to GPS
In August 2001, a story of sheer determination, willpower and the kind of luck that comes only when everything works in sync with the powers that be unfolded when a mountain clumber in Pakistan was miraculously snatched from the jaws of almost certain death by modern technology. After enduring three grueling nights exposed to the elements of the high elevation of K2, between Camps 3 and 4, Norit expedition leader, Dutch Wilco Van Rooijen was found thanks to the Thuraya GPS system.
The Thuraya GPS system allowed him to transmit is coordinates to his fellow climbers via SMS [short messaging system]. Without it, he stood a very real chance of freezing to death before he was discovered moving very slowly down the slope under his own power. Once rescued, he rested comfortably at Camp 3 with fellow travelers, Cas and Pemba Sherpa. Source
There is always a first time for everything. An experienced hiker from Romania had previously conquered trails in South America and Asia, but in January 2009, he got a nasty fright when he was lost for six days during a 45km walk near Uluru, in Australia.
He had run out of food and water on day three and was forced to sluggishly try to find his way back. When he finally reached a point where he could get a signal on his cell phone, he was able to contact rescuers by getting a message to his family back in Romania, including his GPS location which he got from his TomTom Sat Nav. Members of the search party said it was this single fact that saved his life.
Proving once again how important it is to be well prepared with plenty of food, water and a reliable Sat Nav before jeopardizing life and limb by exploring the unknown without being properly outfitted. Source
GPS saves man bitten by snake
GPS tracking systems have been known to save lives in many different situations. This story is no exception. GPS literally saved the life of a 27 year old man who was bitten by a snake while camping in the woods. Once the snake struck, he knew the proper course of action was to remain as still as possible, but he was alone in the middle of nowhere with poisonous venom coursing through his veins.
Since he had a GPS system in his camping gear, he was able to remain perfectly still and contact emergency services, giving them is his exact location and wait the ambulance, which arrived without delay. Thanks in large part to the quick response, he made a full recovery. Source