OR: Snow-stranded man put phone on drone to send rescue message

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“When a US motorist got stuck in the snow on a remote road in Oregon, he used sky-high thinking to save himself. After realising he was without mobile phone reception, he typed a text message to a trusted person showing his exact location, attached the phone to a drone and launched it several hundred feet into the air. The airborne phone sent his message for help once it found signal. Rescuers praised the man for making ‘several smart decisions.’ The man, who has not been identified, was in the Willamette National Forest on a road that is not maintained in the winter. After his vehicle got stuck, he realised there was no cell phone reception — making matters worse ‘his family was out of the country and nobody knew where he had gone’ according to the Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue.” (03/09/23)