Draganflyer Drone Finds Missing Hikers Lost in Woods

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A lost family with a one-year-old child was rescued by RCMP officers using a drone.

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We are extremely pleased that Public Safety agencies are successfully using sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial System) technology.

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Having become disoriented after four hours hiking in the woods, the lost family called the RCMP at 8:30PM on Saturday September 6th, 2014 to ask for rescue. The group consisted of a man, woman, child, and dog.

This occurred in a heavily wooded area in Nova Scotia, Canada northeast of Topsail Lake off of Highway 107 outside of Halifax.

A Draganflyer X4-ES UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) was used to locate the hikers with a FLIR Tau thermal infrared camera. This drone was used after sirens and K-9 units failed to locate the family.

Officers found the hikers and returned them to safety around 2:00AM Sunday morning.

Five of these drones have been recently purchased by the Nova Scotia RCMP. Real-time video is relayed from the drone and displayed on the screen of a phone or tablet, with the drone flown remotely by a hand-held controller.

The RCMP intends to deploy the drones for emergency response team calls, major crime investigations, search and rescue operations, and traffic scene reconstruction. A special certificate issued from Transport Canada enables the RCMP to operate these drones.

The first recorded life saved by a drone was also accomplished by a Draganflyer X4-ES helicopter operated by the RCMP on May 9th, 2013, when a driver injured in a single vehicle rollover was located using the thermal FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) camera payload after he had become unconscious in a wooded area 2 miles south of the rollover.

About Draganfly Innovations:
Draganfly Innovations, the longest running manufacturer of multi-rotor helicopters in the world and the maker of the first civilian small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) to be credited with saving a life, designs Draganflyer helicopters and Draganview control software. A recognized technology and industry leader, Draganfly shapes the aerial imaging and public safety revolution with its gyro stabilized camera payload systems and digital video down-link technology. Draganfly has reinvented the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and is defining the emergency services market with the Draganflyer Guardian, and X4-ES systems. For additional information, contact Draganfly Innovations at 1-800-979-9794, sales(at)draganfly(dot)com, or check out their website at http://www.draganfly.com

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