15 September 2014

Weasel one to the rescue!

On the human interest side of things, SNAMP / Sugar Pine scientists were able to assist with locating a missing Alzheimer’s patient. On April 30, 2014, an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s disappeared from his home in Mariposa. After three days of searching, the Mariposa County Sheriff requested the assistance of the SNAMP fisher project plane in locating the man’s tracking bracelet. Within 20 minutes of takeoff, project biologists had located the bracelet’s signal and led ground crews to a remote drainage. The man was found unconscious and suffering from exposure and multiple injuries, however he later recovered at a local hospital. As a result of this incident, the SNAMP aerial telemetry capacity has now been added to the regional search and rescue contact list.

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