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Fully Charged Cellphone Saves Kayaker Lost In Storm

"His phone 100% saved his life."

WMTW | BIDDEFORD, Maine — Whenever dispatchers Dylan Martin and Lori Penney take a 911 call, one of the first and most important questions they ask each caller is “where are you?”

That question proved especially important on Tuesday when a call came in from a kayaker off the coast of Biddeford who had gotten caught in fast-changing weather and dragged more than a mile offshore.

“He didn’t have a clue where he was. He was nervous, he was scared,” Martin said.

Using call-tracking technology, the dispatchers were able to ping the kayaker’s location in the open ocean and alert nearby rescue teams.

A local fire department was forced to turn back to shore because of bad weather, leaving the rescue in the hands of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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“He was obviously very nervous, but it’s our job to try and keep him calm,” Penney said … Click here to read more. 

Honolulu fire officials rescue 2 hikers

May 27, 2021

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) personnel rescued two hikers from the Pu’u Manamana trail in Kaʻaʻawa on Thursday, May 27.

HFD says a 911 call was received at 4:13 p.m. Thursday that reported the two hikers needed to be rescued because they could not continue hiking due to their location on the trail.

HFD says the hikers, both 19-year-old men, had been on the trail since approximately 10:15 a.m.

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The first HFD unit arrived at the scene at 4:32 and established communication with the hikers through cell phone … Click here to read more. 

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