INCIDENT NUMBER: 17173

05 January 2016 at 2227 GMT the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) received a 911/SOS alert from a SPOT device in New Zealand.  IERCC personnel contacted local emergency services and informed them of the activation. SAR personnel responded to the location and transported an individual who injured their back while hiking. The individual was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital where they received treatment for their injury.