Responders use drone in Maine river rescue

Responders flew a drone with a haul line attached to it to the middle of the river, and an 18-year-old used it to pull a life jacket from the shore before being rescued

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine — Auburn Fire Chief Frank Roma uses a DJI Phantom 3 drone for aerial photography, but it ended up playing a part in a river rescue Tuesday.

The fire department was one of a number of local departments who went to the Little Androscoggin in Mechanic Falls after two people who had been riding on an inner tube got stuck on a rock in the rapids. A 12-year-old boy was wearing a lifejacket, while an 18-year-old man was not.

The drone had a haul line attached to it and flew to the middle of the river, Roma said.


Check out this great video shot by a drone of firefighters rescuing two people on the Little Androscoggin River.

Posted by WMTW-TV on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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