We've all seen it in movies. The main character gets stranded and spells out S.O.S. in big letters which leads to their rescue. It turns out that this can actually work in real life too. A Canadian man was saved this week after stomping 'S.O.S.' into the snow underneath a satellite camera.
On March 13, Adam Nichols and his dog were attempting to hike the Cline River to reach Pinto Lake, Alberta for a camping trip. However, Nichols' trip didn't go exactly how he had planned. He ended up arriving late and he was running out of supplies.
Nichols was unable to make it back to his vehicle and he was unsure of what to do. When hiking back down to Pinto Lake, Nichols spotted an Alberta forestry camera near a trail and came up with an idea.
Stomping out a massive 'S.O.S' in the snow, Nichols held onto hope that the camera was still working and the image would be seen by someone who could send him help.
The camera that Nichols found was a satellite camera from Alberta Forestry, who is a client of Nupoint Systems. Nupoint has a variety of cameras installed throughout North America.
These cameras that were installed near the hiking trails that Nichols stumbled upon was one of many that Alberta foresty uses to observe environmental conditions. Regular photos are taken and sent to the company in order to help maintain the remote site. While there are a variety of uses for these cameras, one of the more popular usages is to detect forest fires.
Luckily, a photo was snapped of Nichols' S.O.S. sign and was sent to those who were on the distribution list for Alberta Forestry. When one of those recipients received the photo, they were instantly aware that something was wrong, because of the message in the snow, and called the police.
RCMP sent out a chopper to the area in which the photo was received from, where they were able to spot Nichols and his dog. Both of them were airlifted back to where they had begun their hike and were uninjured.
While Nichols' quick thinking and observation skills helped him out of a tricky situation, RCMP are warning hikers to always be prepared while going on a hike and having a location device on hand in case rescuing is needed.
*Disclaimer: cover photo for illustrative purposes only.
Source: Global News