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Washington County Crews Use Drones To Light Search And Rescue Area

Dec 25, 2019, 2:50 PM | Updated: 5:25 pm
Washington County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue volunteers use drones for lighting during a re...
Washington County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue volunteers use drones for lighting during a rescue effort. (WCSO Search and Rescue/Facebook)
(WCSO Search and Rescue/Facebook)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Crews with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue were able to help a group of stranded hikers and used drones to provide lighting during the search.

The hikers had gotten off trail and were “ledged up,” according to search and rescue volunteers.

Crews were able to find them and provide assistance while the drones provided lighting during the dark December night.

“The volunteers on the ground do all of the hard work. But, once again, the drones came in handy to provide scene lighting to hopefully make the job a bit easier,” officials said in a Facebook post from Tuesday.

Rescue 126 – Scene Lighting using Drone

Rescue #126 – Hikers got off trail and become lost and ledged up (this time on the other side of the county). SAR was called out to assist the hikers off the mountain. The volunteers deployed and were able to locate the hikers, obtain access to their locations, and then lead them off the mountain. The volunteers on the ground do all of the hard work. But, once again, the drones came in handy to provide scene lighting to hopefully make the job a bit easier.

Posted by Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue on Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Earlier this month, search and rescue crews also used drones for lighting during a rescue in Snow Canyon State Park.

Three hikers were ledged up on Island in the Sky in the park and required assistance.

Rescue 125 – Scene Lighting with Drone

#125 – Using drone to provide some scene lighting for a rescue of 3 ledged up hikers on Island in the Sky in Snow Canyon State Park. Final rapel to rescuers waiting to take them out to IC.

Posted by Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue on Saturday, December 21, 2019

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Washington County Crews Use Drones To Light Search And Rescue Area