Nelson Mail: Satellite helps cave rescues

The Nelson Mail reports on the successful testing of a new technology to help rescue stranded and lots cavers.

The technology, which uses a satellite link to allow broadband internet access in rugged and inaccessible New Zealand terrain, gave rescuers better access to information, and an improved likelihood of finding people who are lost.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“Mr Thompson said LandSAR had recognised the enormous potential value of the technology. It allowed rescuers to have access to email, the telephone network and websites that provided up-to-date information on mapping, aerial photos and weather.

“Mr Thompson was the first in New Zealand to develop a system that was fully portable. Rural communications provider Farmside sponsored the development. Two caving rescuers from Western Australia also attended.”