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Drone finds hikers in search and rescue effort

The Douglas Count. Colo., Search and Rescue Team used a drone to find lost hikers in Pike National Forest last week.

The drone, which was a recent addition for the Colorado rescue team, helped to find the hikers in just a few hours, according to CBS 4.

Roman Bukary of the Douglas County Search and Rescue Team told said that the drone helped with planning for the effort. “Before we’re out there we can search massive areas of terrain,” he said.

In addition to being outfitted with a camera, the drone used to find the hikers has the ability to use FLIR, or forward-looking infrared technology that detects heat.

Bukary said expects the team's drones to prove more useful in search and rescue. “It is ... where search and rescue, especially in the wilderness, is headed,” he said.

Posted by Matt Leonard on Jun 19, 2017 at 11:28 AM


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