Last week, a drone showed the Pushmataha County Search and Rescue crew the way to an Oklahoma couple in urgent need of help after a flash flood ripped through their property.
Drone shows Pushmataha County Search and Rescue crew the way
Wednesday morning last week, a drone showed the way for the Pushmataha County Search and Rescue crew to the Oklahoma couple whose home and property were flooded. On Facebook, the rescue team said that:
We were called for a water rescue near Albion, Oklahoma. Husband and wife was surrounded by water, with water coming into their trailer. We were able to respond with Antlers Fire/EMS, Cloudy and Albion Fire Departments along with Pushmataha County Emergency Management. After flying our drone, we were able to spot their residence and find a way in and out of the property. Thank you to all that responded and we will keep this family in our prayers as they have lost everything.
News12 reports that on Tuesday night water quickly surrounded the Pushmataha County couple’s home, leaving the man and wife stranded until the next morning.
“It was kind of terrifying because it happened so fast,” said Dee Sims of Talihina. “Went in and told my husband I said look this is coming up a lot faster than the last time it kinda flooded. Not even 20-30 minutes, it was up to our door. It just came in and rushed and we panicked, we didn’t know what to do.”
The couple had moved in only three months ago.
“We spent every single dime we had on fixing that place up for us to retire in, you know we wanted to be out here in Oklahoma. Now we’re homeless,” said Sims.
Even though they have lost everything, they are thankful to be alive. In a message on Facebook, the couple thanked the Pushmataha County Search and Rescue crew for their help.
“Thank you all so very much for your professionalism and prompt aid! My husband and I are are forever grateful and pray for your safety as you put your lives on the line for others. Scary to imagine homelessness at our age but with the Lords help, I believe all things are possible and the waters will rescind. God bless and Thank you again!”
The drone played a critical role in locating the property and the owners so that the rescue team could be directed to the exact location of the people in need of help. Over the last so many years, we have seen many cases in which drones played a crucial role in helping to save people’s lives. We believe that drones should have a permanent place in every first responders’ tool kit.
Btw – we have not been able to confirm this, but it seems that an Autel EVO II was used based on this video.
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