Drones have been used to make countless deliveries in recent years, but a case in Wales took that service to another level when a police craft returned a missing elderly man to his panicked family.
Drones called in after boats, choppers fail
A police drone in North Wales was deployed in an expanding search last month to locate 82-year-old Roy Giblin after his worried family reported him missing. Giblin vanished after heading out for an evening walk. When relatives received no word of his whereabouts, police were called in to mount a search. Initially boats were used to scour waters off the coastal area, with helicopters later joining the operation. Eventually, local authorities scanning closed circuit video footage determined the last visual glimpse of Giblin was captured near the local train station. When foot patrols failed to turn him up in the surrounding area of grassy fields, police decided that deploying its drones was the best, possibly last solution.