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Tracking device saves man's life

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Police were able to track down a disabled man lost deep in the mangroves in Venice.

It would not have been possible without a remarkable new device.

Tuesday night, Sarasota police got a 911 call from Banyan House, an assisted living facility. They were not able to find one of their patients, James Mondello.

He had been missing for three hours.

Mondello lives there because of a head injury. He is not able to take care of himself. He is a participant in a program called "Project Lifesaver," where at-risk adults are fitted with a small, watch-like transmitter.

Police were able to track him down in the mangroves near Caspersen Beach using the GPS device.

Mondello was along the water's edge, exhausted and completely hidden from sight.

"This saved his life. This saved his life. There would be no way as far as how heavy the trees, the mangroves, that someone would have I don't think ever found him," said officer Danny Robbins with the Sarasota Police Department.

"Project Lifesaver" can also be used to keep track of autistic children. There are 75 people are Tampa Bay are currently using the tracking system.

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