Google Earth Community to the Rescue

We recently came across this interesting thread on the new Google Earth Community.

Apparently a woman was driving through a park in Lithuania with her sister. They got stuck in the mud and didn’t know where they were. They did have a cell phone, but did not know how to send their GPS coordinates. So instead, they posted a screenshot from Google Maps on Facebook. Soon after, the cell phone battery died making further communication impossible. Someone then posted the image on the Google Earth Community website asking if anyone could help find the exact location. Google Earth Community member ‘krenek’ found and posted the location, which was used by the search team to successfully locate the car, and a kilometre away, the two women, who had spent the night in the car and then decided to set off on foot in search of help.

Well done ‘krenek’ and the Google Earth Community!

The image that was used in the rescue.

To see the location in Google Earth, use this KML file that was posted on the Google Earth community by ‘krenek’.

We have looked at similar rescue stories in the past, such as this one, where a lost family was rescued with help from landmarks identified in Google Earth. Back in 2007 famed adventurer Steve Fossett went missing and there was an attempt to find him using satellite imagery. Sadly the search was unsuccessful. The crash site was only identified a year later. You can read more about it on Wikipedia.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.


  1. The ladies were fortunate but a lesson to be learnt for the rest including them:

    Don’t travel in a car without a car charger if it supports one. That’s just plain stupid, especially if you have network and no battery power left. It’s equivalent to shooting yourself in the foot.


  2. roberto says:

    Google Earth is an amazing resource!!!!

  3. Hara Haralambous says:

    Thank God , google earth was a savier for the girls. Its just amazing…

  4. zeynep uzun says:

    great, GE is really a life saver….

  5. Dana Payton says:

    Google Earth is simply a tool, The “saviours” were those in the new Google Earth Community that know how to use it and go out of the way to help others! 😉

  6. Google Earth is a amazing resurce for teaching-learning Process.

  7. I thank the the complete system that succeeded, in the team work. Every comment given above has a point to be learned. I wish I could be a team member in such groups.

    • KN Rao, you can be a part of a great community on they use satellite images to help find lost planes, helicopters, hikers, boaters and also help in tagging damaged areas from natural disasters and animal poachers. There’s no charge and you just use your computer, iPad or iPhone to help with the searches.

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