Drone helps authorities rescue stranded tubers on Yellow River

Waukon, Iowa – A drone helped rescue six people who were lost in a remote area of Allamakee County this week.

Decorah Firefighter Zack Kerndt told KCRG-TV he attached a heat seeking camera to the drone. Kerndt says those tools made it possible to locate the people, who were stranded along the Yellow River near Effigy Mounds.

A two-way radio was also tied to the drone. That radio was then dropped down to the THREE stranded people on the river bank.

Without the drone, Kerndt said the rescue mission “would’ve been like searching for a needle in a haystack.” Allamakee County Emergency Management coordinator Corey Snitker called the Decorah Fire Department, located in Winneshiek County, knowing they had the drone.

The six people who were stranded and rescued were visiting from the Quad Cities. They were tubing on the river. None of them were hurt.

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