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Drone helps N.C. first responders rescue missing teen

Gaston County first responders found the teen, missing since Wednesday, on a Crowders Mountain cliff


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By Joe Marusak
The Charlotte Observer

Searchers with drones rescued a missing teenager heard crying for help from a remote cliff on a North Carolina mountain Thursday.

Rangers found the 18-year-old’s vehicle at Crowders Mountain State Park after police said they received a call that the teen had been missing since Wednesday.

Park rangers began searching for the teen and requested help from the Gaston County Police drone unit, Gaston Emergency Medical Services, the Gastonia Fire Department and Gaston County Emergency Management, according to a county police news release.

Soon after beginning the coordinated search of Crowders Mountain, police officers and park rangers heard the teen “yelling out for help,” according to the release.

A police drone pinpointed the location and guided rescuers to the teen, who was in medical distress, police said.

The drone also enabled GEMS personnel “to have eyes on the patient to determine a treatment and rescue plan,” according to the news release. “A successful rescue of the patient was conducted thanks to the joint efforts of all the agencies involved.”

Police did not identify the teen and said they’re releasing no further information about the rescue.

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