Globalstar Canada Satellite Co.

Globalstar Canada Satellite Co.

March 06, 2008 07:00 ET

Canadian Rescued Off Tasmanian Coast After Sending Distress Message and GPS Location Using SPOT Satellite Messenger from Globalstar

Capsized and Suffering From Severe Hypothermia Ocean Kayaker from British Columbia Rescued While Attempting to Circumnavigate Tasmania

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 6, 2008) - Globalstar Canada Satellite Co. (NASDAQ:GSAT) reported today that a kayaker from Nanaimo, British Columbia was rescued off the west coast of Tasmania near the Pieman River after pressing the 9-1-1 button on his SPOT Satellite Messenger™. Derek Crook was attempting to circumnavigate Tasmania in a 36 day expedition when he was hit by rough seas near Conical Rocks and flung from his kayak on a reef just off shore.

This is the first documented rescue of a Canadian using the SPOT Satellite Messenger; three other life-saving rescues have taken place in Colorado, Alaska and Wyoming since SPOT was introduced in North America in December.

Mr. Crook, an experienced paddler, managed to hold on to his kayak and activate 9-1-1 on his SPOT Satellite Messenger to initiate an emergency response call. The distress message alerted the GEOS International Emergency Response Centre used by SPOT, who contacted local Tasmanian rescue authorities providing Crook's GPS coordinates.

"I always thought I could self rescue in any condition. However, while attempting to beat the wave breakers and land in a safe zone, my kayak's stern hatch came off and filled with water," said survivor Derek Crook. "This changed everything and I discovered after a long difficult time of trying to save myself, as I was being swept by high winds several miles out to sea, that I was not going to be successful on my own. Luckily for me I had purchased SPOT before my expedition. I recommend SPOT to everyone who strays off of the beaten path."

Crook was spotted by locals on shore and picked up at sea by their dingy at the same time a search and rescue helicopter arrived on scene and met them on land.

"I was suffering from severe hypothermia and in a very remote area, many miles from any medical attention," added Crook. "Thankfully the rescue helicopter and paramedics, notified by SPOT, were there to transport me to the hospital quickly."

"While other GPS devices tell the user where they are, SPOT tells other people where the user is and their status," said Steven Bell, Senior Vice President, International Sales, Marketing and Customer Care Operations, Globalstar Canada. "SPOT is designed for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers, and anyone who travels in remote areas, providing lifesaving and reliable communications capability. It is also waterproof (to 1 meter up to 30 minutes), floats and is highly visible making it the ideal emergency safety device for boaters, off-shore fisherman and people participating in other recreational water activities."

The rescue was assisted by a Westpac Police Rescue Helicopter, a police vessel from Strahan, and search and rescue crews from Queenstown, Zeehan and Burnie, Australia.

The SPOT Satellite Messenger significantly raises the safety factor for the hundreds of millions of people around the world who take to the outdoors each year. SPOT enables users, based on varying levels of need, to send messages to friends, family, co-workers or the emergency call centre, and to visually track the location of the SPOT satellite messenger independently of cellular networks:

- Alert 9-1-1 notifies the emergency call centre of your GPS location coordinates

- Ask for Help sends a request for help to friends and family

- Check In lets contacts know where you are and that you are OK

- Track Progress sends and saves your location and allows contacts to track your progress using Google Maps™

Weighing just over 7 ounces, the SPOT satellite messenger provides a new level of safety and peace-of-mind for anyone who spends a considerable amount of time in the outdoors or just wants to stay connected with a line of communication.

Price and Availability

SPOT is priced at $169.99 and a one year service subscription starts at $99.99 The SPOT Satellite Messenger is available online and through select dealers and retail outlets across Canada. For more information and dealer locations visit

About Globalstar Canada Satellite Co.

Globalstar (NASDAQ:GSAT), offers satellite voice and data services to commercial and recreational users in more than 120 countries around the world. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and duplex satellite data modems and flexible service packages. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service. Global customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. For more information, visit

NOTE TO EDITORS: Derek Crook is available for media interviews. High resolution photography is also available on request.

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