Another search for a missing person has ended with a positive result, thanks to the use of a drone equipped with a thermal camera. You couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.
Picture this: An elderly man with dementia wanders off. It happens, unfortunately, and this time it happened at night. The gentleman left his family home in Grant County, east of Seattle, at about 1:30 a.m. It was, obviously, pitch black. A 911 call was placed, and the Hartline and Almira Volunteer Fire Departments responded.
Thankfully, they had a thermal-equipped drone.
The area they were searching was challenging. Not only was it dark, but tall brush meant that even flashlights were of limited use. The departments quickly launched a drone. And, as you likely know, a thermal sensor will highlight objects depending on their heat signature. Colder spots – like the ground – show up dark, and warmer objects are brighter.
It’s this sharp contrast that searchers are looking for. And…