Phone GPS technology saves the day!
January 14, 2019
This evening at 17.40 the duty Callout officer received a telephone call from NYPolice to report a missing walker in the Hawnby area.
The team was put on standby and Contact was made with the missing female from York. She had managed to find her way to a road and assured us that she was uninjured and warm but just lost.
With modern smartphone GPS technology the team has the capability (SARLOC) to send a message to a phone and receive back the GPS location coordinates of a missing person. We can then use this, usually on digital mapping to quickly find someone who may be in need of help, or simply advise someone otherwise ok, but lost, to get back on the right track. A brilliant MR tool where good phone signal strength allows its use and it can avoid calling out team members unnecessarily.
A Sarloc was sent to ascertain her location and she was then advised to walk on the road for 5 minutes. Another Sarloc was sent and the results were compared. The missing person was then assured she was walking in the correct direction and would reach her car in about 25 to 30 minutes. The missing person made it safe and well back to her car at approximately 18:30.
……..an excellent outcome and good use of current technology.
25 members were on standby for about 50 minutes.
Ps. This capability is no substitute for having a map and compass and knowing how to use them.