The 66-year-old driver was seriously injured and was taken to a hospital along with his 61-year-old passenger.
An 18-year-old American flying a drone enabled the rescue of two people trapped in a pickup truck that had fallen into a sinkhole during flooding last weekend in Colorado, local media reported.
Josh Logue became aware of the accident while using his camera-enabled aerial vehicle to record flowing water caused by rainfall in a rural section of Weld County. A few kilometers from his home, the device captured a dark spot on a road and when zooming in, it spotted an overturned vehicle inside a huge sinkhole.
Josh Logue, a teenager in Colorado, was flying his drone when he saw a Jeep overturned in a flooding sinkhole, sparking a dramatic rescue of the passengers trapped inside. https://t.co/4HnCXVkkoT
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The teenager went to ask for help from his neighbor Ryan Nuanes, assistant chief of the Denver Fire Department, and they both took a car to the scene. There they found a flooded Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, whose horn kept blaring. Among the noise they heard the voices of a man and a woman. After calling the emergency services, the truck was raised enough to remove its occupants.
The 66-year-old driver was seriously injured and was taken to a hospital along with his 61-year-old passenger. According to the sexagenarian, it all happened while he was driving to his house in Keenesburg. They had been trapped in the sinkhole for about 15 minutes before Logue’s drone detected them, with only four inches to go before they were completely submerged in the water.
“‘Dude, you just saved these people’s lives!” his father told Josh, who says the boy started flying drones for fun. He has a collection of 13, which he uses to explore his environment and take pictures, and he says he wants to become a professional pilot of these devices.
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