The video shows rescue workers helping an injured hiker to descend from the top of a 400-foot cliff with a drone
See the moment when an injured walker is rescued from a 400-foot cliff by a DRONE carrying a rope for a rappelling system that carried her on a stretcher
- Rescue workers in a state park in Utah used a drone to help them save a hiker
- The 65-year-old woman had injured her ankle near a 400-foot cliff.
- Rescuers used a drone to transport 660 feet of rope for a rappelling system
- They used the rappelling system to take it to the ground on a stretcher.
A 65-year-old woman in Utah’s Snow Canyon State Park received unexpected help from an unmanned aircraft operated by the local sheriff’s department, after injuring her ankle while walking with friends.
While walking near the edge of Island in the Sky, a famous canyoning and rock climbing route, he slipped and fell several feet, injuring his ankle to the point where he could no longer stand or bear his own weight.
The group of three friends he was with called the sheriff’s search and rescue team instead of trying to take her on the steep and sandy path themselves.
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Search and rescue workers from the Washington Country Sheriff’s Department in Utah used a drone to then deliver 660 feet of wire to help set up a rappel system for an injured hiker to fall from a cliff
The sheriff’s team decided to take down the woman from the 400-foot-high cliff, the equivalent of 40 floors, holding her to a stretcher and using a rappelling system to guide her down.
The only problem was that they didn’t have enough rope to reach the ground.
After an unsuccessful attempt to launch a coil of rope from the bottom of the cliff with a special projectile gun, they decided to call an unmanned aircraft, carrying 660 feet of special thread rope for the rappelling system in a boat.
“The boat was light enough for the drone to drive, it didn’t have too much wind and then we flew the drone to where the boys were literally at hand,” said Darrell Cashin of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Fox 13.
They connected the rope to a rappelling system and used it to safely rappel down the cliff, where the sheriff’s workers took her to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department has used drones for a number of search and rescue operations, including as a focus during night searches, to help search for lost hikers and to deliver water and radio equipment to visitors trapped in the park.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department has increasingly relied on drones for search and rescue operations in recent years.
“[We are] find new ways to use them and find their capabilities and limitations and new things we can do with them, “Cashin said.
Previously, they had used drones to keep the spotlight on rescue workers during a night rescue mission.
They have also been used to search for lost or missing hikers without the latest known coordinates, and have delivered water and radio equipment to people lost in remote areas.