Search and rescue teams in many areas – from coastguard to mountain rescue – have been investigating how drones can help them in their life saving work over the last few years.
Having an aerial perspective on an emergency situation provides some very obvious benefits in terms of allowing fast searching over large areas that could have potentially difficult terrain to traverse on foot – exactly the type of terrain that search and rescue to teams are there to patrol. Quickly establishing the location of a missing person really can mean the difference between life and death for that person. Ground teams can be dispatched with accuracy but also with a full risk assessment and a tailored toolkit to enable them to complete their task.
In fact, DJI as a leading drone manufacturer, invested a great deal in exploring the drone’s potential as an airborne member of a search and rescue team and demonstrated some very tangible benefits – the results of their research and be seen on their YouTube channel.