A mountain rescue team in Derbyshire has received approval from the Civil Aviation Authority to use drones in its work.
Buxton Mountain Rescue claims the approval is the first of its kind in the UK and will allow its team to fly into difficult to reach or dangerous areas to assist with a search.
According to a report from the BBC, the group has eight specialist trained pilots, known locally as the ‘Drone Team’, to help find people in the Peak District area.
The team is hopeful that the implementation of drones will enable it to speed up detection and reduce the risk of injury to rescuers.
Neil Carruthers, team leader, told the BBC: “The drones will allow the team to search areas such as boulder fields, water margins, moorlands, crags and difficult ground.”
He added: “The drone technology will complement our other search resources such as team members on the ground and the search dogs.”
The report went on to confirm that the project has been funded with donations from local councils, individuals and local charitable organisations.