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Police drone helps to find two young children who were missing in Florida

On Sunday, a police drone helped to quickly find two young children who went missing in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Based on a photo from the Port St. Lucie Police Department the drone in question seems to be a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise.

Police drone helps to find two young children who were missing in Florida

On Sunday, January 3rd, two young children were reported missing to the Port St. Lucie Police Department in Florida.

The police were informed that the kids were having a playdate and had slipped out the front door unnoticed. The two young children went looking for other siblings who had just left on a recreational vehicle, according to a police statement on Facebook.

Shortly after the kids were reported missing, the police conducted a search of the immediate areas but without success.

The police drone team was called into action.

“Officer Ghobrial (Pilot) and Officer Thayer (Visual Observer) responded and within minutes located the two children walking along a lake near their residence. Officer Ghobrial hovered high above, safely keeping watch over the children until the family quickly picked them up,” the police said.

DroneXL’s take

Over the last few years, we have seen so many examples where drones made all the difference in quickly locating missing people. Especially thermal drones have proven to be very effective in locating and spotting heat signatures of missing persons. Thermal drones have never been more affordable end capable and one could easily argue that every police department in the country should add them to their tool kit. We’re confident that the parents of the two young children who were missing in Florida would agree with this statement.

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Photo courtesy of the Port St. Lucie Police Department

Haye Kesteloo

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