Lifesaving Flight: DJI Drone Rescues Senior with Alzheimer’s

A Timely DJI Drone Rescue in the Dark

A Toronto Police Service DJI drone played a crucial role in locating a missing senior with Alzheimer's in a remarkable example of technology assisting in crucial search operations.

The incident in mid-December unfolded when the elderly woman, last seen at 5 p.m., went missing, not dressed for the chilly 39°F evening weather.

Updated on 1/4/24: We have been informed that a drone was used.

The Critical Role of Drone Technology

As ground search efforts near her home proved fruitless, the turned to their Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) for assistance. Responding to the call, Constable Mike Ramsay employed one of the Service's fifteen RPAS units.

Ramsay said that with the help of their DJI Matrice 300 drone, the Toronto Police Service, “actually saved two people in December alone.”

His expertise in maneuvering the drone was instrumental in locating the woman around 11:49 p.m. in a wooded area, situated on a steep incline in a ravine, a location almost impossible for ground crews to spot, especially in the darkness.

The Invaluable Asset of RPAS

Inspector Dave Ecklund of the Emergency Management and Public Order Unit highlighted the indispensability of drones in such search operations.

He noted that without the drone, the search could have extended for days, potentially leading to a tragic outcome. The drone's thermal camera technology was particularly crucial on that cool night.

The senior was quickly transported to the hospital for medical assessment and was later reunited with her family.

Ecklund also lauded Constable Ramsay for his methodical approach and dedication in utilizing this technology, acknowledging his role in the successful outcome of this search in Canada.

The Superiority of Chinese-Made DJI Drones

It's important to recognize that drones, particularly those manufactured by the Chinese company DJI, are among the best on the market.

Renowned for their reliability, ease of operation, and affordability, DJI drones are often the first choice in critical operations like .

Their advanced technology, including high-quality cameras and thermal imaging capabilities, makes them ideal for such missions.

These drones have consistently demonstrated their invaluable role in life-saving missions, as exemplified in the recent operation by the Toronto Police Service, where a DJI Matrice 300 drone emerged as the pivotal asset in the successful rescue.

Their use in emergency situations is a testament to their unmatched capabilities in contributing to life-saving efforts.

Photo courtesy of the Toronto Police Service.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, 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 @ or @hayekesteloo.

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