Special DEEMI videos/articles/publications

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.

Maine Seniors April 2021 Doc Bowie and his team

04/01/21  April’s edition of Maine Seniors magazine features a well-done article titled  Meet “Doc” Bowie, He and his team find lost people!’ 


12/08/19  A Special Report in December 2019 Maine Forest Products Council December newsletter was titled “How drones are changing forestry”, by Roberta Scruggs, MFPC Communications Director. In her article, Director Robert Bowie, MD was interviewed for input, along with many others from various State agencies and associations. Read it here in this is a pdf of this great article

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12/17/18  One page article in the UMaine Today, 2018 Engineering 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 of students throughout. 


08/01/18   DEEMI co-founder Dr. Robert Bowie, was interviewed by Eastern Maine Healthcare System’s  PATHWAYS media channel for this informative article and video  titled “WHEN EVERY MINUTE COUNTS – Doctors, students, and search and rescue volunteers join forces to make better drones that can save lives“, explaining DEEMI’s role in Search & Rescue and in our relationship with University of Maine biomedical students to develop new ways to remotely assess patients found in the field using our UAVs (drones), and then deliver needed medication, supplies and more! (also see article and video here)

Maine SUrvival

04/30/18  Special TV video segment and article about Maine Survival – Part 1 of 2.  Maine Warden Lt. Kevin Adam and DEEMI’s Chief UAS pilot Vinal Applebee and others were interviewed and provided commentary in this informative article and video  by Zach Warren. (WABI-TV5

UMaine student symposium

04/17/18  At UMaine Student Symposium Article and video on Maine Projects to Better Maine   by Nit-Noi Ricker. (DEEMI  Fox22/ABC7)


11/15/17 – 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 Ashley Paul from WVII-7 for a special article and video segment.      “Saving Lives – EYE IN THE SKY“.


Sept/Oct 2017 – UAS pilot Nancy Rimms-Staples was interviewed for this article 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.

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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 titled UAS Search & Rescue – Help From Above.

DEEMI Drone at steam plant

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

Ozy com Cover page for Loast article featuring DEEMI 07-25-15

07/25/15 – Super great article by Renee Morad on OZY.com titled LOST? SEND IN THE DRONES AND ROBOTS!  The article is at  https://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/lost-send-in-the-drones-and-robots/60593   and a pdf of it is here.