Twin Falls Sheriffs Unveil New Marine Drone to Aid Search and Recovery Efforts


TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — When 15-year-old Taylor Summers accidentally drowned in Pillar Falls, it took four days for her body to be recovered. On Thursday, the Twin Falls Sheriff’s Office revealed a new marine drone in hopes of speeding up future search and recovery efforts.

According to the sheriff’s office, this new Deep Trekker underwater drone is capable of searching the depths of any body of water in Twin Falls County. It includes spotlights, a rotating camera head and a gripping claw.

A dedication to Summers on the drone was unveiled Thursday to her family members who said while they wish she was still around, they are glad her passing has sparked change.

“We’re happy with what’s come out of this even though there’s been a lot of heartache,” said Bear Morton, Summers’ great-uncle. “But it means to us that we live in a community that loves and supports its people and they have become more than just an agency for us, they have become friends.”

Summers’ family added that they hope that in the future the capabilities of the drone can be further expanded by adding additional tools like sonar technology.

Funding for the drone came from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation’s Waterways Grant and federal money through the Justice Support Office.

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