A police drone has proven ‘instrumental’ once again in finding a missing member of the public.
After Greater Manchester Police received a call reporting a man acting suspiciously in Rochdale, the man was seen in a large area of open land.
This prompted the drone unit to be contacted to investigate the matter further.
On further investigation the man was found to be a vulnerable person and drone pilots viewing the video footage from the drone gave a live-commentary to the ground based officers to point them in the direction of the man’s exact location and monitor him while they arrived on scene.
He was concealing himself behind a dry stone wall but with the help of the live feed, district officers were quickly directed to the man, where he was reunited with his family and escorted to a safe place.
PC John Williams, GMP’s flight safety officer and chief drone pilot, commented: “This was a great effort from everyone involved and special thanks must go to my whole team within the drone unit who were able to provide officers with the specialist equipment needed to resolve the situation quickly.”
He added: “Due to the size of the area we needed to search, it would have taken officers many hours on foot, but the drone was able to complete this search within a short period of time. This incident could have ended in tragedy, but thankfully was quickly and safely resolved.”