It’s amazing what the combination of Google Earth’s huge resource of satellite and aerial photos and the Internet can do. A few months ago someone noticed a very small satellite photo of a remote area of ocean near Iceland where a boat or ship appeared to be burning with some other boats nearby. ‘earthling_andre’ posted a placemark and his thoughts at the Google Earth Community.
A bunch of people speculated, and then a few weeks later someone named ‘solskin’ posted that the satellite photo was indeed showing a burning boat, and the one occupant was rescued by the two boats in the scene. He posted a link to a news story in icelandic, which was followed a few days later by an English translation found here. Apparently two helicopters also came out to help as well.
What I find interesting is that a scene of drama is captured in a random satellite photo, discovered by someone browsing, and the mystery is solved by people all over the world. Amazing!
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