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In late June 2013 Peter Conroy was trekking with his wife and daughter in the Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory, Australia; while walking he slid off a boulder and suffered head injuries and a fractured arm. Using just his uninjured arm he managed to climb up two waterfalls to reach his camp where his eight other companions were. As he was not in a fit state to complete his trek they decided to activate his Fast Find 211 personal locator beacon to summon help.

Two hours later, just before dark, a small rescue helicopter arrived, homing in on the gps coordinates transmitted by the PLB. Peter was taken 40 kilometres to a local National Park depot, where he was transferred to a larger night flight quilified Careflight helicopter; he was flown to Darwin, 400 kilometres away in two flghts, and then via jet 3500km to Camberra where a surgeon inserted a titanium plate and 10 screws in his arm. He is now well on the way to making a full recovery. Without his Fast Find Peter would have had to walk 2 days in a lot of pain in very rough country before reaching the nearest road.