Byline: Mark Zaloudek
More boaters, hikers and private pilots are relying on weather satellites than ever before, and not just for the latest forecasts.
The satellites helped save the lives of 260 Americans last year.
The orbiting and stationary weather labs picked up their distress signals and helped rescue workers find them.
Since most of those rescues were at sea, Florida had the second-highest number of rescues nationwide -- just one shy of Alaska's 37.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees the network of weather satellites, is better known for saving lives through its warning system when …