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PostPosted: October 2nd, 2016, 9:08 pm 
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SPOT devices are required equipment for the Yukon River canoe races, the 440 mile Yukon River Quest, and the Yukon 1000 mile. It has to be on in track mode. For theY1K, we have to press the OK button when we stop for the mandatory 6 hour 'night" rest stop, and again when we start for the new day. In both cases race officials and anyone else who racers give their spot address to can follow the race in near-real time. In my case I had an understanding with my pit crew. They followed our track constantly, plus an occasional "OK" message. The SOS button would go to the authorities if we were in big trouble and in need of asssistance at our location. However, the "help" button signal means we are ok, but for some reason are unable to continue the race, please meet us at the next available village or take-out downriver from our current position, which in some cases could be as much as 200 miles downriver. As long as you see that we are moving, we are still healthy. never had to use that option.


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PostPosted: January 5th, 2017, 1:58 pm 
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Yury wrote:
By the way, do you know when they start real SAR in summer?


I do not know exactly, this would be a question for the OPP I think.

However, on the occasion of another trip in Killarney, where I was not in attendance; the missing person had not been seen for two days, but also the report of their disappearance was delayed by the remainder of the party returning to the campground.

In this case, 24 hours after the report of the missing person, only then was there a discussion of sending out the SAR helicopter. I expect that the OPP follows missing persons policies and procedures which apply province wide and the fact that it is a Provincial Park has no relevance.

My understanding, for a back-country trip on permit in an Ontario Provincial Park:
- 24 hours after the permit expires, the park staff will go looking for your car and when they find it unmoved, will phone the OPP.
- after another 24 hours if you still have not appeared, the OPP will start looking for you more seriously. ie. they will get your itinerary, physically inspect the car, and potentially fly over the lakes on your route in reverse order.
- if you start pressing the serious buttons on the SPOT, the response will be immediate!

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