Drones and canine units assisted in the search for Ms. Courtier, who on October 6 after getting off the shuttle bus at Zion National Park in Utah went missing. Authorities said that she was safely found last Sunday after having been missing for two weeks.
In River Heights, Utah, a tenant warned the tree-cutting crew that high up in the dead Ponderosa pine tree there was a birds’ nest. Property owner, David Johnson used his unmanned aircraft to take a peak. The drone footage helped to identify and save the hawks’ nest.
The Weber County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue organization holds a fundraiser to collect enough money to purchase a new drone with a higher resolution thermal camera so that they can more effectively use drones to save lives. Watch this video below for some real-life Search and Rescue drone footage and to listen to the stories of people whose lives have been saved with the help of drones.
DJI recently released an interactive map with drone-assisted Search and Rescue operations. The drone maker estimates that well over 400 people have been saved with the help of unmanned aircraft.
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.