GPS, Google Earth used to rescue hunter

March 4, 2008 5:56:59 AM PST
State fish and wildlife officials have rescued a hunter stranded on the marsh using his phone's GPS signal and Google Earth.

Authorities say the Dover man called 911 from a marsh in the Woodland Beach Wildlife area after high winds blew his boat away and left him surrounded by cold, rough water.

He was hunting snow geese Saturday when he became stranded but called 911. Authorities used his phone's GPS signal to find his location.

Then state fish and wildlife enforcement agents used Google Earth to plot his latitude and longitude. After that, they used aerial photos while riding in a patrol boat to find the man.

Officials say the extra information made it a lot easier and quicker to find him.


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