Local Heroes: FLIR Marine Camera Helps Find Missing Girl
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Warmer weather means boating
season is upon us. That means people will be hitting the water to cool off or
explore our waterways. Unfortunately,
accidents can happen on the water, but thankfully our military and law
enforcement agencies have invested in technology designed to help in search and
rescue operations, including FLIR’s thermal technology.
FLIR’s Maritime Systems cameras,
such as the SeaFLIR
III, is a long-range stabilized thermal camera
and is ideal for use on the water in both low-light conditions or in complete
darkness. This type of technology was used recently by the U.S. Coast Guard near
Tarpon Springs, Florida to help rescue a missing kayaker in the Gulf of
A 17-year old girl set out with
her a family on a day kayak trip but became separated after she lost her paddle.
As night approached, the family called local officials and the Coast Guard
dispatched both a helicopter and boats to help find her. After a four-hour
search, the Coast Guard used FLIR technology to locate the girl and sent a boat
to bring her to safety.
We’re honored that our technology
played a role in this critical mission and we congratulate everyone involved. To
learn more about the story, read ABC’s account of the rescue or watch the video below of the
kayaker being pulled to safety.