Gangster Scientists Use Drone To Rescue Man Trapped By Hawaiian Lava Flow
When we picture Hawaii, we think of beautiful beaches; we think of scantily clad, ripped up bodies, drinking from coconuts; and maybe even a luau pig on a spit. But, if you’ve been watching the news, you’ll know the island state has copped its fair share of sh*t over the past few months as the eruption of Kilauea continues to both mesmerise and terrorise the locals.
The giant volcano has been pretty p*ssed off recently and in the last few days has been spewing up lava in spectacular fashion, up to 76 meters into the air according to one report. To put that into perspective, that’s the height of a 26-storey building! Pretty spectacular, but bloody dangerous and unpredictable for locals ay!
Just like with bushfires and floods back in Australia, emergency services can request that residents leave their properties pretty early on, but sometimes people prefer to stay, maybe they don’t like the idea of huddling in a shelter with hundreds of strangers until the danger passes. That’s not really for mine either, but probably better than getting torched by lava!
As the lava descends down the mountain onto some properties, it becomes clear that one bloke is cutting things extremely fine. We can picture him getting up from the couch, looking out the window and thinking “Oh F**k! I’ve stuffed up here!”
Anyway, so the bloke has panicked as the lava has started to encircle his house. In the confusion, he can’t seem to find a way out – pretty scary sh*t! But the friendly folk at the USGS [United States Geological Survey] aren’t going to leave him behind. The search team sent a drone to the bloke’s place and used it to guide him through the jungle to safety. Bloody hell – I thought drones were just for perving on the community!
“After about 10 minutes of providing direction information to both the stranded person and the first responders, the search team was able to make contact and guide him to safety,” the USGS said in a statement.
Good to see old mate got out of there alive. Check out the video below.
“Follow the drone to safety.” USGS UAS mission in Kīlauea volcano’s lower East Rift Zone on 5/27/18 helps guide evacuations and leads to the successful rescue of a resident after a lava pond outbreak sends a fast pāhoehoe flow down Luana Street. https://t.co/S3nUtwYMdM pic.twitter.com/kpfjQI9pOX
— USGS Volcanoes? (@USGSVolcanoes) May 30, 2018