Talk about using your initiative.
This guy’s quick thinking literally saved his life.
After getting stuck in snow on a remote road in Oregon, the motorist realized he didn’t have any cell phone reception.
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To make matters worse, his family was out of the country at the time, and nobody knew where he’d gone.
Knowing his life depended on it, the man typed a text message to a trusted person showing his exact location.
He then attached his phone to a drone he had with him and launched it several hundred feet into the air.
Once it found a signal, the airborne phone sent his message.
There’s no other way of putting it, the guy’s ingenuity allowed rescue teams to deploy and assist him out of the situation.
Not only that, but while the teams were rescuing him, they also rescued another motorist who had been stranded for several days in the snow.
Both were rescued from the Willamette National Forest on a road that’s not maintained in the winter.
“Regardless of the circumstances leading to his situation, once stranded this person made several smart decisions,” Lane County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue said in a statement.
“Rarely does anyone in Oregon die from exposure waiting in their vehicle to be found and rescued.
“But we have unfortunately seen many poor outcomes from those who chose to walk away.”
Like us, officials were impressed with the man’s creativity but were quick to warn others about traveling alone during wintertime.
The search and rescue team suggested that, instead of asking yourself whether you think you can get through a section of road, ask yourself what would happen if you were to get stuck.