Thursday, August 4, 2016

Can Your Cell Phone Save You?

This summer we responded to three lost or stranded hikers. In all three cases GPS coordinates were either given to the 911 dispatcher by the lost/stranded party from their cell phone or the 911 dispatcher was able to ping the cell phone's coordinates via the cell phone towers. In all three cases the coordinates were completely worthless. They would have sent rescuers miles in the wrong direction. We used knowledge of the area and the last know location of the missing/stranded parties to determine were to begin our search.

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