A police drone helps to find a missing 12-year old boy, who had disappeared overnight. Police officers had started their search after he was reported missing just after 8 p.m. in Nottinghamshire on Saturday, April 4th. This story is our most recent example in which drones are being used for good.
Right after the search had started, the drone team sent their unmanned aircraft up in the sky. The drone outfitted with a thermal camera was able to find the missing 12-year old boy within an hour, reports the Nottingham Post.
Police drone directs officers to the missing boy
The drone pilot directed the officers to the location of the boy, who was found safe. Thanks to the help from the police force’s drone team that provided the ‘eyes in the sky’.
In the video below, you can see the police drone hovering above as it stays locked on the missing boy.
The Nottingham drone team helps police officers on the ground by supporting everything from river rescues to drug warrants. They also deploy the police drone during large-scale football matches.
In the last week or so, we have seen a number of successful rescue operations in which drones played crucial role. Some examples that come to mind are:
- Hiker lost in Alaskan woods is found with help of a drone
- Dog found safe by drone team after missing for six days in Swiss Alps
- Drone with thermal camera locates missing 73-year-old man in NJ woods
Some of the most popular drones that are used for search and rescue operations are the DJI Matrice 200/210 and the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual. The latter one is especially popular since it is both more affordable and easier to deploy. The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is based on the DJI Mavic 2 and can easily be folded up and packed away. The downside of the Mavic is that the thermal resolution is much less than its far more expensive brother the DJ Matrice 200/210 with the DJI Zenmuse XT2.