An Oregon man used creative thinking to connect his cell phone to a drone to get cellular service after being stuck on a snowy trail in the Willamette National Forest, officials said. Facebook.
The driver was trying to navigate a secluded road in the woods when his vehicle, which hadn’t been prepared for snow conditions, became stranded, according to the Lane County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue. Then I realized that I had no cell service and could not call for help.
Authorities said the man “made some wise decisions” that helped save his life. He then wrote a text to his friend detailing his situation and his whereabouts, pressed his send button, and launched the drone hundreds of feet into the sky, according to the sheriff’s office. .
Search and rescue officials said, “The increased altitude allowed his phone to connect to the tower and send a message, which resulted in our team being deployed to assist him out of his situation. was completed.
In addition to the drone’s tricks, officials said the man was wise to stay in the car because stranded drivers were more likely to survive if they stayed in or near the car rather than wandering around. rice field.
In another welcome twist, when rescuers arrived at the driver, they found and rescued another person who had been stuck in the snow for days, the office said.
Although this particular episode had a happy ending, the sheriff’s office warned people not to travel on unmaintained forest roads during the winter, except for groups of “well-equipped vehicles.” But it’s important to make sure anyone not on your trip knows your plans, where you’re going and when you plan to return so they can contact authorities in case of a problem.
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