Over 300 lives saved via cellular forensics team’s work since 2006.

The Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) National
Cellular Forensics Team partook in its 1,000th mission recently,
ending just as hundreds of it before did – in a “save.”


The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
(AFRCC) notified CAP to contact the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) about a missing
boater who went kite surfing slightly south of Naples, Florida. After reviewing
the boater’s cell phone data, it was evident that the phone was stationary near
Coconut Island, Florida, approximately 15 miles from where the USCG was
searching. After being directed by the CAP, the USCG found the missing boater
20 minutes into looking.

The boater was stranded on an island located
at the tip if Marco Bay when the tide went out. Although his phone lost power
and died, the cellular forensics team was able to locate exactly where he was.
At 3 a.m. Eastern Time, the boater was found in acceptable condition.

As we can see, it’s evident that harnessing
data from smartphones can prove useful. While several people are concerned with
the idea that the government can track our cell phones and use it against us,
it may be more beneficial than we think. If experts have the tools to analyze
and deliver new insights, having control over data and cell phones has the
ability to save multiple lives.

The team has saved 310 lives and also helped
to find nearly 400 since 2006. When the AFRCC sends out a request, the cellular
forensics team searches for anyone who is missing with a cell phone. This can
include boaters, hikers, anyone with pre-existing medical conditions, and

In 2016 alone, the Civil Air Patrol saved 92
lives, with the forensics team playing a significant role in almost all of the

“CAP is saving more lives annually, providing
regular support across the country and reducing the time until survivors are
located while also reducing the resources needed to accomplish searches — all
great results,” John Desmarais, CAP’s director of operations, said in a company
press release.