A Search & Rescue operation

Jon had one of the toughest jobs in the world, as part of the Search & Rescue team manning the trekking slopes in the Kulu Manali area. Despite warnings asking tourists not to wander from well known trekking paths and to always have a local guide accompanying them, there invariably would be a few unnecessarily adventurous groups which would disregard these warnings and end up in trouble.

Today was one such day when a group of 16 engineering students from NIT Warangal had gone missing. Their bus driver called up the local Police Control room to report that they had gone missing sometime between the previous evening at 3 PM and midnight when they were expected to come to the place where he was waiting for them at the Town Square.

Upon being questioned further, he also mentioned that they did not have a local guide with them nor did the group have any experienced trekkers in their midst. These were just young kids, most of whom had never even trekked before.

Jon and a couple of his team mates in the S&R team quickly swung into action. They reached the spot where the bus driver had dropped off the group and split up in three directions. Using the trail left behind by the group in terms of tell tale signs such as broken twigs, scraped branches of trees, footprints in the wet mud, Jon managed to get on the trail of the group. He immediately called up the rest of his group using his Asus Zen Phone which always managed to patch up to a reliable mobile network even in the remotest of trekking trials and the three of them started following the trail.


Although it was getting dark and it would soon be impossible to spot some of the signs left behind by the group, Jon didn’t worry. His phone had the patented PixelMaster technology in the camera which was capable of capturing 400% more light for photos and videos in low light environments. This enabled him to take pictures on his phone without using the flash and thereby conserving his battery. Whenever he suspected that there was a sign left behind by the group, he would take a pic on his phone without the flash, and the awesome technology would ensure that the image was captured in great detail which allowed the group to stay on the trail despite the fact that it was quite dark by now.


Further, the fact that the wind was slowly getting nippier meant that the team had to put on their gloves and warm clothing to continue with their operation through the night. It was good that their ZenPhones had the GloveTouch feature as well which meant that they could operate their phones’ touch screens even though they had their gloves on. Truly the Asus ZenPhone was equipped like no other phone of the day was and proved to be a life changer in Jon’s line of work.

After following the trail for more than six hours, the team finally caught up with the amateur trekking group which was holed up in a small cave on the trail. A couple of the young girls in the group had suffered from severe breathlessness due to the lack of adequate oxygen in the high altitude air, and as if this weren’t enough, three people had also sprained their ankle slipping in the wet mud on the trail. When they saw Jon and his team, they were relieved as they were completely lost and scared due to their experiences.

Jon and team called up their colleagues and requested for immediate medical assistance to the injured members in the group and thus ended yet another busy day in office for the Search & Rescue team, ably assisted by the Asus ZenPhone with its state of the art technological features.


This post has been written for the Asus ZenPhone blogging contest hosted by Indiblogger.