In the midst of Matthew, couple turns to ham radio for aid (North Carolina)

Amateur radios and quick communication late Saturday helped emergency officials rescue a pair of people who were stranded on Trails End Road.

The man and woman had gone to check on their boat at the Masonboro Yacht Club and Marina when a tree and live power line fell across the road, stranding them.

They called a friend with a ham radio who, in turn, contacted Stephen Russ, an Amateur Radio Emergency Services volunteer who was stationed at the New Hanover County’s Emergency Operations Center. Russ kicked into action, walking over to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office representative stationed there.

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