Gig Harbor, WA


On 12 September 2017 at 2152 UTC (1752 EDT) the COSPAS-SARSAT system detected a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at 36 05.1N 111 51.4W, in Grand Canyon National Park, approximately 17 miles northeast of Tusayan, AZ. The PLB was activated when a hiker became ill. The Air Force Coordination Center received the SARSAT alert and contacted the National Park Service, which launched a helicopter the SARSAT position to rescue the hiker and transport them to a local hospital for treatment.