Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

Taking the Search out of Search and Rescue

Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

Taking the Search out of Search and Rescue

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"Help! Help!"

The cries came from over the next hill. Papa and I looked at each other with wide eyes. Oh no! Could it be . . .?


We hurried along the narrow trail toward the voice. We had to step carefully, though. This was the worst part of the trail, according to Papa. It was covered with loose rocks.

"I was afraid something like this would happen," Papa declared. "I told that boy not to go too fast or get too far ahead. But would he listen?"

The cries got louder, until we reached a spot where the loose rocks on the trail had spilled down into the brush below.

"Roberto, where are you?" Papa called. I tried to call my uncle's name too, but I was so scared nothing came out of my mouth.

"Down here!" came the reply.

Papa held me back as I leaned and tried to look over the edge into the steep ravine below.

"Where? I don't see you?"

"Ow! Down here! I think my leg is broken. In fact, I know it is."

We followed with our eyes where the dirt was freshly scraped and the bushes flattened. About 30 feet below, we could barely see a bit of Roberto's bright red backpack.

"OK, I think we see you down there."

"What are we going to do, Papa?" I asked. "Are you going to go down there?"

"I don't think that would be a good idea. Then there'd be two of us to rescue."

"Hang on, hermanito!" called Papa. Then Papa took off his backpack and started to hunt through It.

"What are you looking for? A rope?" I asked anxiously.

"No. If his leg is broken, a rope isn't going to help. We must get Roberto out of here and to the hospital. We need something much bigger. Like a helicopter!"

"A helicopter! But Papa, you said the cell phone doesn't work up here in the mountains! How will you get a helicopter?"

"With this!" Papa pulled something out of his backpack. It was a small yellow plastic thing about as big as his hand. It definitely was not a phone. …

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