Deputies from the Plymouth County, MA Sheriff’s department and Halifax Police successfully deployed Tuesday night to locate an elderly Halifax resident who had wandered from home, using their SafetyNet tracking equipment that allowed searchers to locate the missing man in a matter of minutes.
Local officials reported the 79-year-old man missing shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday, officials said. Specially trained responders arrived on scene and located the man, unharmed, in a wooded area about a quarter mile from his back door.
“As soon as we arrived, we were able to pick up a strong radio signal from the SafetyNet device,” said James Muscato, Superintendent for Law Enforcement at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department. “We followed the signal with the tracking receiver (and) he was right there in some briars, but otherwise OK.”
Muscato said from the initial notification to finish, the rescue took only 45 minutes.
The Tuesday event was the first time public safety officials have successfully activated the SafetyNet tracking device since being implemented countywide in April 2011.