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When Technology and Hobbies Save Lives – #WATWB

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Welcome back to the monthly bloghop – We Are The World Blogfest – started by author Damyanti Biswas. It is a time to share snippets of good news happening around the world in an effort to diminish the impact of negative news.


Rene Compean was an experienced hiker, but that did not mean the elements could not conspire against him. After venturing out on a solo hike in the Angeles National Forest, he took a new trail. After spending several hours trying to find his way, he got scared. He was lost. The wind was fierce and the temperatures were dropping. He found his way to a high peak and took two photos and sent them with an SOS message to his friend. Only one photo went through – a photo of his soot covered legs on an overlook.

The Los Angeles Search and rescue teams spent hours trying to locate him before they sent a plea for the public’s help on Social Media. Fortunately Ben Kuo saw the message and put his hobby and technology to work to see if he could help locate him. He was able to pinpoint the lost hiker’s location allowing search teams to locate and rescue Compean after a harrowing 30+ hours lost in the wilderness.

Read their stories here at Not All News Is Bad (which links to The Washington Post.(Hopefully you will not hit the paywall – if you do here is an alternate link – Inside Edition.)

I love it when strangers help strangers!


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13 thoughts on “When Technology and Hobbies Save Lives – #WATWB”

  1. Great post! It’s great that social media often gets a bad wrap but in this case it helped get a message out and save a life! Thanks so much for sharing this and for being a part of #WATWB! Stay safe and be well. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Ever since a kindly stranger pushed my car out of the snow, I have been hoping to repay the kindness by helping someone I don’t know. Unfortunately, I have no hobbies that might save lives, but I did tell a lady in the supermarket car park that she had left the lights of her car on.
    Small steps…
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Negativity and toxicity in social media often covers the fact that it does save many lives and benefits many as well. This article was an amazing reflection of the positive sides. Thanks for bringing this up !

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