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RCMP officer appears on Katie Couric show to describe drone rescue

REGINA - A member of the Saskatchewan RCMP has made an appearance on the Katie Couric show in New York City.

Cpl. Doug Green told the story Tuesday of how a drone helped save the life of a driver in a single vehicle rollover near St. Denis, Sask., in May 2013.

Green told Couric that the 25-year-old man called 911 but couldn't direct officers to his location because he had become disoriented and got lost in the woods in freezing temperatures.

With the help of SaskTel, police used the GPS location of that phone call to narrow the search area closer to where the man was.

Officers on scene used a loud siren to try to help the man get to their location but he wasn't responding.

That's when Green put the small, mechanical drone into the air and it found the man curled up in a ball at the base of a tree next to a snow bank, unresponsive.

"He was in the latter stages of hypothermia when we found him," said Green. "We figure in another two hours he would have succumbed to his injuries and the cold."

The man was taken to hospital and eventually recovered from the ordeal.

(CJME)

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