Four people walked away from near-death experiences on the same day due to the use of public safety drones, DJI has revealed.
Drones were deployed to aid the rescue of four people in three separate incidents on two continents on a single day, taking the total number of people rescued from peril by drones around the world to at least 133.
On Thursday, May 31, police and fire departments recorded these three rescues. Police in the UK used a drone with a thermal imaging camera to find a missing semi-conscious man at the edge of a steep Exmouth cliff face.
An Indiana fire department dropped a life vest to a criminal suspect who had fled into a pond and was struggling to stay afloat.
Public safety agencies in Hill County, Texas, dropped a life vest to a mother and her 15-year-old daughter who were stranded in a rising river and didn’t know how to swim.
A spokesperson for DJI said: “Police, fire and rescue services, as well as bystanders in the right place at the right time, have used drones to find missing people and deliver supplies to people stranded in water, forests, ditches, mountains and fields.
“Drones can cover far more area than searchers on land or water, and can use thermal imaging cameras to peer through smoke, fog, darkness or vegetation to find unconscious people. Drones also allow public safety agencies to reduce the risk of injury to rescuers, who might otherwise place themselves in peril on search and rescue missions.”
This marks the first time three drone rescues occurred in a single day. The previous record was two rescues on February 25 2018, when the police department in Lincolnshire, UK, used a drone to save the life of an unconscious man in a ditch, while rescuers in São Paulo, Brazil, used a drone to drop a buoy to a kite surfer who had lost his board and was struggling in the water.