Roy Giblin, 83, was spotted by drone pilots 18 hours after his disappearance in Abergele, Wales. The 83-year-old, who suffers from dementia, was found fallen in a high grass field near Abergele a few months ago.
North Wales police say their drone unit has become a vital tool, including finding missing persons, monitoring crime scenes and even controlling large fires.
Mr Giblin’s granddaughter Lauren Delaney said the result could be “very, very different if it were not for the drone control team”. Her grandfather, from Abergele in Conwy, was found on grass more than 1 meter high near the city train station. He was a little dehydrated, but his general health was good.
“There were so many pedestrians and a helicopter, but it was the drone team that finally found him. “I think it’s time to push for every police station to get some drones, because look what they did: they saved my grandfather,” he said.
North Wales Police and Crime Chief Andy Dunbobbin, who is deputy chief of police technology for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said it was important to use drones responsibly: “We need to be reasonable and “How do people feel about them? Because I really recognize the ethics that are required for drones to operate and we have to deal with things with enough sensitivity,” he said.
Chief of Staff Paul Terry, who works on the police drone, said his colleagues’ response was positive, saying the service “really changed the game”. “In Mr Giblin’s case, we were really blessed; we were in the right place at the right time, supported by our colleagues on the ground with some research tasks, and we were able to direct our research to the right place,” he said.
Chief Terry added that the unit could really help in the search for missing persons or people who have escaped from the police. The unmanned aerial vehicles were used more than 350 times in the first three months of their operation last April.
They have been credited with saving the lives of three missing persons and assisting the fire service in a major fire. High-powered camcorders have thermal imaging and zoom capabilities that allow the pilot to see even the time on someone’s watch from above in the sky.
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