A Queensland man has swapped the tradition of writing SOS into the sand and instead launched a request for help from the sky.
A group of four people and a baby all became stranded in very bad weather on the Kirrama Range Road in far north Queensland at the weekend.
After the group became stranded on a bad dirt road between two rising creeks and with no mobile phone reception on the ground, the man used his initiative and attached his mobile phone to his drone and flew it into the air to send an SOS via text message.
According to ABC, State Emergency Service area controller James Gegg said it was a unique call for help.
“He was clever enough to think that if he typed the message on his phone and pressed send that it would keep trying to send until it got reception,” Mr Gegg said.
“When he brought [the drone] back down he confirmed the message had been sent, so he did get reception … that raised the alarm and people were able to activate.”
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