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Saskatchewan RCMP Media Relations
January 21, 2014
On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, Cpl. Doug Green will appear on the Katie Couric show live in New York City at the ABC TV1 Studio in New York City, USA. Cpl. Green will be a guest today on an episode of Katie titled, “Life Changing Drones and Ghost Hunters. “
Cpl. Green is the “F” Division traffic reconstructionist who was operating an RCMP unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on May 9, 2013. Through the use of the UAV, an injured man who had wandered from a motor vehicle accident, was located. After discovering the RCMP UAV video which was posted on YouTube May 9, 2013, Katie producers contacted the RCMP to invite Cpl. Green to the show to discuss the rescue.
Katie airs at 2:00 p.m. Saskatchewan time on ABC East or City TV Toronto.
Link to the original RCMP UAV video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apEnf-0Rzb4
Single Vehicle Rollover – Saskatoon RCMP Search for Injured Driver with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
On 2013-05-09 at 00:20 hours, Saskatoon RCMP received a call of a single vehicle rollover on Highway # 5 about 5 km east of St. Denis, Saskatchewan.
RCMP, along with St Denis and Vonda Fire Rescue and EMS from MD Ambulance, responded to the scene. Upon arriving at the scene, emergency responders could not locate the vehicle’s occupants. The examination of the scene indicated that at least one person had been in the vehicle and was injured. A ground search was conducted within 200 meters of the scene, but searchers were unable to locate anyone.
STARS Air Ambulance was contacted and agreed to attend with their night vision to see if they could detect and locate the injured person. STARS conducted an initial search of the 1000 meters surrounding the rollover, but were unable to locate anyone.
At 01:20 hrs, members from Saskatoon RCMP contacted Cpl. Doug Green, a Forensic Collision Reconstuctionist, requesting he attend with the Dragan Flyer X4-ES equipped with a forward looking infrared camera (FLIR). Cpl. Green arrived at 01:55 and discussed the situation with the on scene member.
At 02:10 hours, the driver of the vehicle, a 25-year-old male, called 911 from his cell phone. He indicated he was cold, did not know where he was and could give no directions to his location. He was only dressed in T-shirt (no jacket), pants and had lost his shoes. Temperatures at the time were near freezing.
With the help of SaskTel, a GPS location of the driver’s cell phone was obtained. Cpl. Green and Saskatoon RCMP established communication with the STARS Air Ambulance overhead and gave them the GPS coordinates. Cpl. Green then entered the coordinates into his GPS and drove to the location. Cpl. Green and STARS then went to the new location which was in a field 2 miles south of the rollover. Cpl. Green attempted to call to the driver over the loud hailer and used the siren to direct him towards his location. The driver did not respond to any of these attempts to contact him. STARS continued to search the area with their night vision and search light. Cpl. Green was joined in the search by several members of the Vonda Fire Department.
At 03:00, Cpl. Green launched the Dragan Flyer X4-ES (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – UAV) equipped with a FLIR. Once the UAV was in the air a search was initiated in the area of the last known location of the driver. Three heat signatures showed up on the screen of the FLIR. Cpl. Green directed Vonda Fire Department members towards the first heat signature located in the trees 200 meters from the last known GPS location. Fire /Rescue members located the driver at this first location, curled up in a ball at the base of a tree next to snow bank. He was unresponsive and was quickly brought out to the road by Fire/Rescue and placed in an ambulance and was transported to hospital in Saskatoon. Without the UAV and FLIR, searchers would not have been able to locate the driver until daylight.
Saskatoon RCMP would like to thank STARS Air Ambulance, MD Ambulance and the Vonda and St Denis Fire Departments for their assistance in locating the injured driver.
North Battleford RCMP
2014.01.20 6am - 2014.01.21 6am
Over 20 occurrences/calls for service. 3 alarms responded to.
1048am - Members called out to a possible nature gas leak on 800 block of 107th. Turned out to be false. Numerous areas of the city reported noticeable odour of natural gas. SaskEnergy conducted a thorough examination, no leaks were located. At this time no information on the cause of the leak/odour.
318pm - Hit and run near corner of 95th and 15th Avenue. Two vehicle collision, driver of a grey car left scene. Witnessed by off duty RCMP member who followed suspect for several blocks. When suspect stopped and parked vehicle, he was detained by the off duty member and turned over to responding members who placed him under arrest. 17 year old youth is facing charges of Failing to Remain as the scene of an accident and Driving without a valid license.
400pm - Report of theft of jewellery on 110th street.
642pm - Moose running wild on 9th Avenue. Members able to locate moose and herd it across Territorial Drive safely and back out of the city.
648pm - Theft of gas from Highway 16 Bypass. Suspect driving a red SUV with Alberta plates, suspect driver described as being in his 30s or 40s, thin and bald.
1018pm - 911 call of a group of people arguing/fighting in area of 108th Street and 10th Avenue. 13 year old female arrested for Drunk in Public and Assaulting a Police Officer. Charges still pending. 16 year old female also arrested on scene, facing two counts of Failing to Comply with Probation.
1130pm - 911 call to a residence on 106th Street reporting a male had broken into a basement window and was now fighting with occupants of the home. Found to be a false complaint, no break in had occurred.
1151pm - Intoxicated and unwanted person at a residence on 100th Street. Subject left area when police called.
448am - Vehicle versus pedestrian collision on Railway Avenue East. Pedestrian taken to hospital for treatment. No updates at this time, injuries not believed to be life threatening.