These days MacGyver lives near Eugene, OR, in the guise of a stranded motorist. On March 5 the motorist wandered onto an unplowed road in Willamette National Forest, Oregon, and his pickup got stuck in deep snow. He’d not told anyone where he’d be and there was no cell phone service in the area. Thinking creatively, he attached his cell phone to a drone he happened to have with him, typed out a message giving his exact location, hit send, and launched the drone. Several hundred feet up, the phone connected with a cell tower and his message went out.
Rescuers from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, operating out of Eugene, OR, also rescued another motorist stranded near the quick-thinking drone owner, who stayed with his vehicle as is always advised for people who become lost.
Featured image provided by Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, showing the stranded motorists’ vehicles next to the Box Canyon horse camp, which is located approximately 70 miles from Eugene on the eastern slope of the Cascades.
16 thoughts on “MacGyver lives!”
Like the solution, but .. [hangs head in embarrassment] who the devil is MacGyver ???
He was a tv character back in the ’80s who improvised all sorts of intriguing gadgets and doodads to escape from bad situations. And the actor, Richard Dean Anderson, was pretty good looking to boot.
I see .. Then that program didn’t make it to Sydney (which is where Chic and I were living in the ’80s). Funny, that: I could swear we had every other American TV program .. :\
At the time, I thought this was one of the more entertaining ones.
Just watched a YouChoob video about the series ended. He sure was a dish !! 🙂
Yep, the show was very … entertaining. 🙂
macgyver would be so incredibly proud
Indeed he would. A scriptwriter today would probably include this.
Ah yes, the ubiquity of drones! It has happened largely due to the development of battery technology, largely lithium-ion. The things have profoundly affected everything from warfare to movie-making.
They’ve proven invaluable in many ways. But I still don’t like the small personal ones that individuals can buy and fly indiscriminately around neighborhoods.
That is good thinking. I have to say that I’ve not considered add a drone to my emergency kit.
It probably should be standard in emergency kits for the mountains. Cell service up there can be real spotty, if available at all. Of course, I’d have to learn to fly the thing …
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Wow, that is a fascinating story! I guess I need to add a drone to the emergency kit I have in my car 🙂
Just wait. It won’t be long before this story becomes part of the marketing for drones. And outdoor gear stores like REI will start selling drones as a survival gear item.