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12:03 AM Thu, Nov. 15th

Tracking device rescues Prescott couple

Yavapai County deputies were able to find a lost Prescott couple this past weekend, thanks to a commercial satellite-tracking device the couple had that allowed deputies to use GPS coordinates to find them.

In a Monday press release, Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, said YCSO personnel believe this may be the first time someone has used this type of device for a rescue in Yavapai County.

Geoffrey Smith, 58, and his wife separated from the off-road party they were with and were having difficulty in the deep snow, the release said.

Because of that, Smith and his wife were trying to walk back to his truck parked on Senator Highway near Crown King. They were not equipped for an overnight stay in the open.

The first rescue alert came in at about 6 p.m. and deputies found the couple just after midnight, the release said.

The couple used a "Spot" tracking device, which uses both the GPS satellite network to determine the owner's location and its own computer network to transmit that information to friends, family or an emergency service center.