The deployment of six individual drones has led to the location of a 77-year-old missing gentleman in Collier County, Florida.
The Sheriff’s office took to Facebook to confirm the man was found in a wooded area.
The CCSO (Collier County Sheriff’s Office) Drone Operations Unit was deployed shortly after being alerted the man was missing.
The search area was immediately divided into a grid and six drones began flying the area.
After locating the man, deputies immediately responded to the area where he was recovered safely.
Paramedics were called to the scene to check his medical condition and, after medical attention was rendered, the man was returned safe to his home.
This is the first time a drone led to a CCSO rescue, with the force detailing how the rescue underscores the value of drone technology in law enforcement.
CCSO began using drones in 2015 and was the first law enforcement agency in Florida to be certified to use drones for law enforcement purposes.
All CCSO drone pilots are licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration and have completed an extensive training program designed by CCSO to assure they are proficient in operating a UAV and know state law and agency policy.
Adam Lisberg, DJI North America’s head of communications, said on Twitter that this mission took the manufacturer’s count to 228 of people being rescued by drone, at least.