Drone Helps Authorities Rescue Stranded Tubers on Yellow River

Waukon, Iowa – A drone helped rescue six people who were lost in a remote area of Allamakee County this week.

Decorah Firefighter Zack Kerndt told KCRG-TV he attached a heat seeking camera to the drone. Kerndt says those tools made it possible to locate the people, who were stranded along the Yellow River near Effigy Mounds.

document.createElement(‘audio’); http://kchanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Drone-saves-lives-1.mp3 A two-way radio was also tied to the drone. That radio was then dropped down to the THREE stranded people on the river bank.

http://kchanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Drone-saves-lives-2.mp3 Without the drone, Kerndt said the rescue mission “would’ve been like searching for a needle in a haystack.” Allamakee County Emergency Management coordinator Corey Snitker called the Decorah Fire Department, located in Winneshiek County, knowing they had the drone.

http://kchanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Drone-saves-lives-3.mp3 The six people who were stranded and rescued were visiting from the Quad Cities. They were tubing on the river. None of them were hurt. [Click for More]