Drone plays mother’s voice in effort to find missing 3-year-old boy

In Australia, a crew used a drone that played mom's voice in an effort to find a missing three-year-old boy. However, it was his granddad's assistance that saved the day.

Drone plays mother's voice in an effort to find missing 3-year-old boy

The large search and rescue operation to find a missing boy in dense Australian bushland included playing his mother's voice from a drone. However it was his granddad's assistance that saved the day, reports News.

The search, which was made more difficult by heavy rain, hail, and perilous terrain, took place in Western 'ss south last weekend.

Around 7:30 AM on Saturday morning, James “Jimmy” O'Reilly was playing with his family's dogs outside a holiday house on Karli Rise in the charming surfing town of Yallingup. His mother went inside to take care of her younger child, but when she returned the young boy had wandered off in his Spiderman pajamas and gumboots. She panicked and frantically started looking for her Jimmy, but the young boy was nowhere to be found.

Very quickly a massive search party was launched that included officers and State Emergency Service volunteers on food, mounted police, sniffer dogs, a helicopter, a drone, and an army of local volunteers who wanted to help.

Drone Plays Mother's Voice In Effort To Find Missing 3-Year-Old Boy 1

Drone Plays Mother's Voice In Effort To Find Missing 3-Year-Old Boy 2

The drone was used to fly over dense forest areas and bushland. The unmanned aircraft played an audio recording of Jimmy's mother.

“Hi James, it's mummy,” she said.

“If you can see something flying in the air above you and it's got flashing red and blue lights, you need to follow it, OK? Then you can find your way home.”

Ultimately almost 12 hours after his disappearance and after the sun had set, Jimmy was found by his grandfather who had come to help find the boy.

The young boy was found less than a mile from the house in a fire break area that had already been searched earlier in the day. Jimmy was crying, upset, and hungry but clearly relieved to see his grandfather.

Martin Voyez, the South West District Office Inspector said that the searchers knew they had to act fast and think as a three-year-old would.

“Our first concern is, we've got to get ourselves organized, organized quickly then map out where we're going to go and why we're going to go there, thinking, if we could, what would little Jimmy do?” Insp Voyez told 6PR radio on Monday. “It's cold, it's raining, how far is he going to go? How far should we go? “There's a lot of history for these sorts of things of course so we rely on that, predicting what a person's likely to do.”

Drone Plays Mother's Voice In Effort To Find Missing 3-Year-Old Boy

Drone Plays Mother's Voice In Effort To Find Missing 3-Year-Old Boy 3

A cheer went up among the search party and even the rest of the state as the broke that young Jimmy has been found.

“It's just fantastic,” Insp Voyez said. “I'm sure his parents are going to keep a very close rein on him from now on.”

We were not able to confirm it but there is a good chance that the drone that was used to play his mom's voice was the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise that can be outfitted with a speaker. You can read more stories of how drones are being used for good here.

Droneu Marketing Banner Ad 1

Stay in touch!

If you'd like to stay up to date with all the latest drone news, scoops, rumors, and reviews, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or…

Subscribe to our Daily Drone News email.*


Submit tips If you have information or tips that you would like to share with us, feel free to submit them hereSupport DroneXL.co: You can support DroneXL.co by using these links when you make your next drone purchase: Adorama, Amazon, B&H, BestBuy, eBay, DJI, Parrot, and Yuneec. We make a small commission when you do so at no additional expense to you. Thank you for helping DroneXL grow! FTC: DroneXL.co uses affiliate links that generate income.

* We do not sell, share, rent out or spam your email, ever. Our email goes out on weekdays around 5:30 p.m.

Follow DroneXL.co on your Google News feed.

Get your Part 107 Certificate

Pass the test and take to the skies with the Pilot Institute. We have helped thousands of people become airplane and commercial drone pilots. Our courses are designed by industry experts to help you pass FAA tests and achieve your dreams.

pilot institute dronexl

Copyright © DroneXL.co 2023. All rights reserved. The content, images, and intellectual property on this website are protected by copyright law. Reproduction or distribution of any material without prior written permission from DroneXL.co is strictly prohibited. For permissions and inquiries, please contact us here.

FTC: DroneXL.co is an Amazon Associate and uses affiliate links that can generate income from qualifying purchases. We do not sell, share, rent out, or spam your email.

Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

Articles: 2930

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap