Drones Help Rescue Missing Hikers

Drones Help Rescue Missing Hikers


CHARGE TO YOUR BILL. THE SEARCH FOR A MISSING HIKER IS A SUCCESS THANKS IN PART TO WHAT IS BUZZING IN THE SKY THESE DAYS. DRONES. DOUGLAS COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE LAUNCHED A DRUM TO HELP FIND TWO MEN WHO GOT LOST WHEN HIKING IN THE PIKE NATIONAL FOREST. KAREN MORFITT JOINS US LIVE TO EXPLAIN HOW THIS ALL WORK OUT. THOSE MEN ARE SAFE AT HOME TONIGHT. Reporter: THEY ARE AT HOME SAFE AND WITHOUT ANY INJURIES. THE DOUGLAS COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM WAS ABLE TO USE CELL PHONE PINGS AND ONE OF THESE DRONES TO FIND THOSE MISSING HIKERS AND BRING THEM TO SAFETY ALL WITHIN A FEW HOURS. SHORTLY AFTER LEARNING TWO HIKERS WERE LOST IN THE PIKE NATIONAL FOREST, DOUGLAS COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS WERE ON THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR USING A DRONE. I THINK IT IS AWESOME. IT IS WHERE SEARCH AND RESCUE IS HEADING. Reporter: THE RESCUE TEAM WERE CALLED ON TO FIND TWO MEN WHO LOST THEIR WAY AFTER LEAVING THE DEVILS HAD TRAIL. THIS DRONE WAS LAUNCHED AND QUICKLY COVERED MILES OF TERRAIN BEFORE THEIR BOOTS WHATEVER TOUCH THE GROUND. WE CAN SEARCH MASSIVE AREAS OF TERRAIN. Reporter: IT IS AN INVALUABLE SEARCH TOOL AND IT ALSO GIVES THOSE RESPONDING ON FOOT CRITICAL INFORMATION THEY NEED TO COMPLETE A SUCCESSFUL RESCUE. EVERYBODY KNEW EXACTLY WHERE WE WERE GOING, WHAT WE WERE SEEING AND WE HAD TO DEAL WITH. THAT MADE MY LIFE EASIER. Reporter: IN A FOREST SPANNING THOUSANDS OF ACRES, IT TOOK TWO HOURS FOR CREWS TO FIND THE MISSING HIKERS. AS SUCCESSFUL AS THE SEARCH WAS, IT IS JUST A GLIMPSE INTO WHAT THE TECHNOLOGY CAN DO. IT IS A TREMENDOUS TOOL. I AM GLAD WE CAN USE IT. Reporter: A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE DOUGLAS COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM SET ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER THOSE HIKERS WERE RESCUED THE FIRST QUESTION THEY HAD WAS HOW MUCH UP — HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST US. THIS WILL BE AN IMPORTANT REMINDER THAT IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS, NEVER HESITATE TO CALL FOR HELP.

3 thoughts on “Drones Help Rescue Missing Hikers”

  1. P4 is incapable of miles of flight. !.1 mile range and less in that country. Just saying I do SAR in the San Juan mtns S. Colorado. The p4 is a joke for that use.

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