Stricken climber spared death thanks to drone mission


A man thought to be dead was successfully rescued after a drone played a vital role in search and rescue mission.

According to the BBC, Rick Allen, from Aboyne, was presumed dead when he went missing on a solo climb on the world’s 12th highest mountain range in the Himalayas.

He was spotted by Polish brothers Andrzej and Bartek Bargiel, who were reportedly using a DJI Mavik.

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The drone was used to confirm that it was Allen, and then direct Sherpas and climbers to where he was to help him to safety.

Drones are increasingly being used to locate lost climbers in the UK and around the world.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, which covers Ben Nevis, has trained drone operators among its members and has deployed the camera-equipped machines on rescues, while the RNLI has also been trialling drones for potential use in maritime rescues.

Last month, Commercial Drone Professional reported that a missing 75-year-old man was found by a police drone after a thermal imaging-enabled helicopter had failed to spot him.

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