Search and rescue drone turns up five months after going MIA

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A mountain rescue team has recovered its UAV in working condition over five months on from it going missing in action.

The UAV was deployed in January by the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team as part of its search for three walkers that got into difficulty following Storm Georgina.

In a post on Facebook, the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team stated that it is still searching for a person who went missing on 21 January after falling through cornice near the summit of Ben Nevis.

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It stated: “The Mavic drone which we lost in the early days of the search has been found and after a change of battery is now working.”

At the time of the drone’s disappearance, the search and rescue team admitted the UAV had been lost as a result of weather conditions being too severe.

In a post on Facebook, the rescue team commented: “Despite conditions being well outside the operational capability of UAVs, it was decided that it was safer to try and search the area using a UAV to see if the images captured could give any clue to location of the missing person. Unfortunately the conditions proved to be well outside its operational capability and resulted in the UAV to be lost. The aerial picture shows location where contact with the UAV was lost in Observatory Gully.”

The decision to operate the drone in the interest of human safety appears to contradict the advice of the CAA.

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