15 March 2017 at 1048 GMT the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) received a 911/SOS alert from a SPOT device off the shore of Uruguay. IERCC personnel contacted local emergency services and informed them of the activation. SAR personnel responded to the location and transported a 53-year-old male whose vessel began taking on water due to an unknown issue. The individual was transported by merchant vessel to a secure location on land.