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.