The emergency behind the app
The PLR app was created through near tragedy after founder, Nick Brabant narrowly escaped a sports accident with his life.
In 2018, Nick was mountain biking at the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, near Nelson, New Zealand. On the last run of the day, down the Big Airs’ jump track, the confident cyclist flipped off his bike and took the initial impact in the back of his head. Another flip later and he was left badly broken and critical – his head tucked under his chest so breathing was laboured.
Nick’s life was saved by a friend’s 16-year-old daughter who had followed behind, placing him in the recovery position…but the rescue was delayed.
The paramedics needed an accurate location to find him.
A fellow mountain biker was sent searching for signage to find coordinates to help guide the paramedics to the scene.
Nick was eventually helivaced to hospital, but further delay could have been fatal.