Drones are starting to help police departments with finding people who otherwise may never be found.
An unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) was deployed when the victim of a car-cash was spotted walking away from the scene of the accident. After a few minutes of aerial surveying, the man was found in a ditch, unconscious and with hypothermia.
Veh found A16 on its side,witness saw male walking away.Requested @lincsCOPter to attend while @Humberbeat carried out RK checks. Male located in a ditch by the drone 160m from scene initially unresponsive& hypothermic but appears otherwise ok.Great result & life possibly saved! pic.twitter.com/2drqrypsIm— Tempo (@WoldsSgt) February 25, 2018
The video below shows the boots on the ground being able to locate the man quickly with the help of the police drone.
The moment our #thermal #drone found a hypothermic man in a 6’ deep ditch 160m from his crashed car in the pitch dark tonight. Casualty conveyed to hospital. Thanks to @WoldsSgt for the request that may well have saved his life. pic.twitter.com/LwrPnBVj6H— Lincs Police Drones (@lincsCOPter) February 25, 2018