Swift Rescue: Chinese Drones Turn Lifesavers in Dutchess County

In Dutchess County, , a couple of adventurous hikers owe their rapid rescue to cutting-edge Chinese drones. The couple, in their twenties, had lost their way while hiking the trails on Stissing Mountain. As darkness fell, they placed a frantic 911 call for help.

Responding swiftly, the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, in collaboration with its Patrol, ATV, and Drone Units, deployed a drone equipped with thermal imaging over the sprawling 590-acre forested area.

Swift Rescue: Chinese Drones Turn Lifesavers In Dutchess County

According to Sheriff Imperati, “Our Drone Unit utilizes cutting-edge technology, which not that long ago was only possible with helicopters.” He takes pride in his team's diligent work and the effective utilization of this technology which he states “enhances public safety and saves taxpayers a tremendous amount of money.”

In less than 90 minutes, the lost hikers were found nearly 4,000 feet into the woods from their vehicle. The DJI M30 drone's thermal imaging and bright light allowed the hikers to guide the to their location.

Local resident Marc Chapman remarked, “They should've been paying attention to the time and looking at the sky because once it gets dark and you don't have a flashlight, you can't see the markers in front of you; you're lost now.”

This indeed seems like a lifesaver, as the Sheriff's Office currently has a fleet of eight drones, each capable of this type of rescue operation. “Without that we would've been moving around in the dark yelling or doing our typical grid search to be able to locate these folks,” said Capt. Todd Grieb of the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office.

Swift Rescue: Chinese Drones Turn Lifesavers In Dutchess County

This incident underscores the importance of drones in rescue operations, becoming an essential tool for teams across the globe. It also highlights the need for hikers to be mindful of their surroundings and prepared for the unforeseen.

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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.

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