Last week, a drone showed the Pushmataha County Search and Rescue crew the way to an Oklahoma couple in urgent need of help after a flash flood ripped through their property.
Finally, it is here! DJI’s Adam Lisberg once told me how much work it was to chase, verify, and compile the news stories in which drones played an often crucial role in helping to save somebody’s life. Today, DJI released a global map that showcases all the known Drone-Assisted Rescues Worldwide. 413 lives have been saved with the help of drones in 234 incidents in 24 countries as of today. This is a great initiative as it helps drive the point across that drones are not only the safest form of aviation but also help in saving people’s lives. I would add to this that in doing so, drones are still massively underused. Supplying more first responders across the world with more unmanned aircraft would go a long way in rescuing even more people.
A drone has been deployed in the search and rescue mission that continued on Friday for a missing hiker at the Colorado National Monument. Jim Fuchs, 66, of Grand Junction, Colorado had started the hike on Monday this week, but friends had contacted park officials on Thursday after they were unable to reach Fuchs. #dronesforgood
This week new photos appeared online that show the Parrot Anafi Thermal SE outdoor tactical drone in greater detail and also side-by-side to its smaller brother the Parrot ANAFI. As we said before, this seems to be the perfect search and rescue drone.
Update with more info on the name and two different versions here.
In Nijkerk, The Netherlands, a missing, 84-year-old woman was found in a field with help from a drone outfitted with a thermal camera. Volunteers and two helicopters were used in the search and rescue mission, but it took a drone to successfully locate the person as the evening set in.
Drones were used by the Mooresville Police Department and Mooresville Fire Rescue in the search for a missing 15-year-old girl, who was last seen at the intersection of Montebello and Plantation Ridge Drive. This is the lastest example in which drones are used for good and often times help find missing people much faster than done by traditional methods.
Only a few days ago, we wrote about this tender from the department of the interior in France and how they are looking to purchase 651 drones. Part of the tender seemed to be specifically written for the Parrot ANAFI drone. Whereas another part of the document seemed written for a drone with a 30x zoom lens, which we (still) think is for the DJI Matrice 200/210. But then we learned about this drone that offers very similar capabilities but in a much smaller and lighter package. Check out the Parrot ANAFI UA from the French drone maker Parrot. Could this be the perfect drone for first responders and search and rescue operators?
A Search and Rescue drone was used to find stranded hikers in the dark in Weber Country, Utah. The pair had wondered off-trail by accident and became stranded on steep cliff last Friday. When they realized that it had become to dangerous to try and find the trail back as the evening set in, the couple decided to call for help.