New app helps police rescue stranded hikers in Sault Ste. Marie

Good News Notes:

Three people who got lost hiking Jan. 10 in the Connor Road area of Sault Ste. Marie were able to use the ‘what3words’ app to let police know where they were located.

One of the hikers called the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service at 3:57 p.m., and dispatchers were able to get them to download the what3words app.

‘Once they did, police and members of Sault Search and Rescue were able to pinpoint their location,’ police said in a news release Monday. ‘With the help of the app, the hikers were located and rescued safely.’

Sault police recently partnered with what3words, giving them another tool to locate people who may have become lost or stranded. The app provides three unique words for every three metres square in the world, allowing anyone to describe their precise location easily.

‘Anything we can deploy to locate someone in distress is a positive,’ Chief Hugh Stevenson said in the release. ‘We are happy to be the latest police service to partner with what3words, and I’m proud of our dispatchers as they reacted swiftly to coordinate the use of the app to locate people in need of support.’”

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