Credit: Douglas County Search and Rescue
Drone quickly finds lost Colorado hikers and their dog
Drones can shorten the time search and rescue teams need by scouting ahead of people on foot
Drone rescue A Colorado search and rescue team put a drone to use to locate two missing hikers on the Devil's Head trail south of Denver. The Douglas County Search and Rescue used a newly acquired drone to find two men—scouting by air the hiking area in the Pike National Forest, reports CBS Denver. The drone is being credited by the team for helping them locate and rescue the hikers in just two hours.
While consumers may think of drones as diversions and toys, the flying devices are being used to make deliveries, to get aerial shots for films and are being adopted as search and rescue tools. One organization, SWARM, is a group of more than 1,100 drone pilots in 38 states and 31 countries who are willing to volunteer to use their devices to help locate missing people. Certainly search missions have put helicopters and planes to use when trying to find people who are lost. Drones are smaller—and can fly lower, allowing them to cover areas and terrain where traditional aircraft may not be able to reach. (Photo credit: Douglas County Search and Rescue)
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