Mountain rescue team adds UAVs to arsenal

Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, an emergency service run by volunteers and funded by donations, has announced it is taking to the skies to enhance its rescue capabilities.

The Welsh organisation told the BBC that it plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles and sonar solutions to ramp up its operations in the wake of one of its busiest call out seasons on record.

Up until last week, the crew, which has just recruited seven new members, had spent 4,784 hours on 122 searches in 2017, compared with 121 in 2016, which was also reported to be a bumper year for call outs.

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Meanwhile, the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team recorded its busiest 12 months with 135 callouts, up from more than 110 last year.

Brecon Mountain Rescue Team hopes that the introduction of the new technology-based equipment

The BBC reported that deputy team leader, Dave Coombes, said: “So when we then go and search an area we can compare the maps we’ve made with the day of the incident and see if there are any anomalies which might guide us where to search.”

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