In the media

As part of our ongoing outreach to the public, this page highlights many news articles, magazine publications and special media videos related to DEEMI’s Search & Rescue efforts.

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12/17/18  One page article in the UMaine Today, 2018 Special Edition. This article titled “Student innovation has the potential to improve search and rescue efforts” highlights a project by UMaine student and DEEMI volunteer Dakota Sudbeck, and his UMaine student partner Dan Sclabig. The article explains their efforts using UAV photos of a person to create 3D model and then estimate the person’s body weight. This is critical information for early assessment of a victim allowing for better interventions medically. DEEMI board Member and co-founder Dr Robert Bowie advised the pair throughout. Pilot Vinal Applebee assisted with UAV photography.

04/29/18  Special TV video segment and article about Maine Survival – Part 1 of 2.  Chief UAS pilot Vinal Applebee and others were interviewed and provided commentary in this informative story and video  by Zach Warren. (WABI-TV5

04/26/18  Many DEEMI staff , volunteers, and UMaine students are interviewed for UMaine Engineering News magazine. Article to feature important research and development work that bioengineering, mechanical and electrical engineering students are doing (UMaine College of Engineering Magazine)

11/15/18 – Dan Warner and others were interviewed by WVII-7 for a special video segment on Search And Rescue crews changing their tactics for cold weather searches. Watch this video “Braving The Elements to Save Lives“.

11/13/17 – UAS chief pilot Vinal Applebee and others were interviewed by WVII-7 for a special video segment . “Saving Lives – EYE IN THE SKY“.

Sept/Oct 2017 – UAS pilot Nancy Rimms-Staples was interviewed in the by-monthly national magazine Aviation for Women” , in an article title The Power of Drones.


08/25/17  Article in Appalachian Mountain Club Outdoors magazine featuring UAS pilot Nancy Rimms-Staples in an article titled Search-and-Rescue Drones Take Flight.


Feb/Mar 2017 – Director of Operations Richard Bowie and Chief UAS pilot Vinal Applebee were interviewed in the bi-monthly national magazine inside unmanned systems” , in an article title UAS Search & Rescue – Help From Above.


07/24/16 – Chief UAS pilot Vinal Applebee had the opportunity to explain to WABI-TV5’s  Zachary Warren in this revealing video how drones are becoming an important asset in Search and Rescue operations