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Drones have revolutionised search and rescue operations.
At least 750 people around the world have been rescued as a direct result of drone technology, according to official stats from DJI.
Drones are vital for search and rescue operations for the following reasons:
Thermal camera drones can see things that you can’t spot with the naked eye, such as this police dog handler camouflaged into the dark background
“We were looking for a missing teenager. Officers on the ground couldn’t see her. But the drone, with a thermal camera, detected her. Without the drone, she would have been found dead in the morning. The reliability and results of the drone are outstanding.”

Mark Talliss, Wiltshire Police
The best drones, sensors and payloads for Search & Rescue missions.
The powerful, versatile commercial drone platform from DJI.
The Matrice 300 RTK is a powerful, rugged and versatile solution for search and rescue.
Lightweight, foldable and quickly deployable drones for search and rescue.
Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced specs:
Best-in-class RGB and Thermal performance with RTK level precision.
The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced is a much-improved version of the original Mavic 2 Enterprise and Dual. It features high-class visual, thermal, zoom and RTK capabilities in one package. Upgrades include:
The resolution of your thermal sensor can be the difference between success and failure – M2EA has a radiometric 640 x 512px resolution sensor with a 30Hz frame rate. In comparison, the Dual has a non-radiometric 160 x 120px, 9Hz sensor.
Learn how drone sare revolutionising search and rescue teams.
This video shows the moment North Wales Police used a drone to find a missing pensioner – and his family said he didn’t stand a chance without it.
Roy Giblin, 82, had been missing for almost 24 hours when he was found with a DJI M300 RTK drone and H20T camera. The zoom, in particular, proved useful.
The search had involved foot patrols and the police helicopter, but it was the drone – flying close to the ground – was able to locate Mr Giblin in an overgrown grassy area.
“Mr Giblin’s life was very likely saved thanks to the drone. The aerial cover it provided meant that we could capture a wider area and we spotted him in a different location from where the ground team was searching.”
Sergeant Paul Terry, North Wales Police
A thermal camera drone helped rescue six missing people from treacherous duneland – finding them in less than five minutes.
Under the cover of darkness, Southport Lifeboat crew deployed the DJI M210 V2 drone and XT2 thermal camera to scan the vast area of complex terrain in Ainsdale.
Just four and a half minutes after takeoff, operators saw a flash of light from a mobile phone belonging to the stranded group. The team homed in to confirm it was the missing party, and subsequently escorted ground crews to the exact location to bring the people home safely.
It would have taken at least an hour to conduct the same search using a traditional foot patrol.
Mountain rescue teams are benefiting from drones.
A case in point is Lochaber, Scotland’s busiest mountain rescue team, which covers the UK’s highest peak, Ben Nevis.
Deploying drones in such a hostile environment has the following benefits:
“The drone is an invaluable tool for our mountain rescue. It allows us to make decisions about deployment and means we can check out the area without having to climb up – it really does increase our situational awareness.”
Mike Smith, Lochaber Mountain Rescue
heliguy™ is the trusted drone partner of search and rescue organisations around the UK.
heliguy™ is the trusted drone partner of search and rescue organisations around the UK.
Our provision includes proof of concept and consultancy, drone supply, repairs and drone training. Our drone training provision includes the Emergency Services Drone Operators (ES-DOT) Training course, which provides mission-specific training in a closed-course environment.
heliguy™ also has a track record of helping search and rescue organisations build an Operations Manual tailored to search and rescue.
For example, heliguy™’s Operations Manual renewal service enhanced the life-saving capabilities of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team – helping to upgrade the document to enable nighttime drone flights.
Read search and rescue case studies and related blog posts.
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Drones, supplied by UAV expert Heliguy, are being used in a new trial to support vital search and rescue missions around the Essex coast.

Drones have saved the lives of at least 279 people – DJI announced at AirWorks 2019. The amazing statistic shows just how important drones have become for public safety and search and rescue operations.

heliguy™’s Operations Manual renewal service has enhanced the life-saving capabilities of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team – helping to upgrade the document to enable nighttime drone flights.

Watch footage showing the moment a DJI drone and thermal camera helped rescue six missing people from treacherous duneland – finding them in less than five minutes.

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