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I and my wife Sarah were sleeping in our tent on the Pacific Crest Trail 20 miles south of Snoqualmie, Washington on August 11th, 2018. We had started our hike at the Mexican border on March 22nd with the intent of thru-hiking to Canada. At 330am a tree branch fell on Sarah's face, shattering her jaw into 8 pieces, fracturing her neck, damaging her carotid artery, and giving her a concussion. The bleeding was profuse.
I activated my ResQlink+ Personal Locator Beacon. I Also called 911, but the dispatcher didn't understand my directions. The search and rescue team arrived at 730 am. The leader told me the beacon was crucial in finding us. Sarah reached Harbor View Medical Center at 10 am. She is expected to make a full recovery. I will never hike without the beacon. low.
We rarely had phone coverage on the Pacific Crest Trail at night. 911 dispatchers are not always familiar with wilderness locations. Carry a personal locator beacon!
Thank you for making a great product. I will never hike without the beacon.
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