Fire fighters use thermal imaging camera to find missing person at Trelechin Wales, UK
A specialist search drone operated by fire fighters and using a thermal imaging camera was used to find a missing elderly woman in the Trelech area, Carmarthenshire in south-west Wales, UK, in the early hours of Thursday morning, 23 July 2020. Fire fighters from Newcastle Emlyn and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) were called in at just after 2h30am to assist the police in a search for the missing 75-year-old. Police dog units and the police helicopter were also involved during the incident. The woman was located at 5h20am by the USAR drone in a nearby field and taken to hospital as a precaution. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service area manager, Justin Lewis, said, “This is another excellent example of partnership working between Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Dyfed Powys Police. “During this search, we worked alongside their dog handlers and, once we located the woman, we were able to guide them to find the lady in the undergrowth. For this missing person search, we deployed a Sky Ranger drone and used its thermal camera to locate the woman, as the lack of light and undergrowth would have made it more difficult to find the individual with a standard camera.”
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