Rescuers Track Woman with Boot-Sole Pic

Lost in AZ, hiker sends picture to police

Nov 15, 2011
Outside Magazine

Police in Sedona, Arizona were able to locate a lost hiker thanks, in part, to a picture the woman sent of the tread on her hiking boots. Rescuers from the Yavapai County Sheriff department tracked the woman, a 44-year-old from Scottsdale, with GPS coordinates from a phone call she made requesting help, then confirmed her location on site with pictures she sent of her boots. Cellphone cameras are increasingly used in search and rescue operations: in separate occasions earlier this year, lost hikers in Great Britain directed rescuers to their location by taking pictures of their surroundings.


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