New rescue technique to aid Beaufort deputies

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - A new search and rescue program to help sheriff's deputies find missing people with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, autism and Down syndrome is coming to Beaufort County.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that deputies were trained last week on Project Lifesaver equipment. The nationwide program is designed to help track people who may become lost.

Participants wear transmitter bracelets that put out a signal so they can be tracked by deputies using antennas and receivers.

The program is used by about 1,200 law enforcement and fire agencies in 45 states.

Officials say those agencies have used the equipment in more than 2,600 searches and all them were successful.


Information from: The Island Packet,

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