The world’s leading consumer drone manufacturer has counted at least 59 lives saved by drones, and DJI suggests there have been many more as it makes a case against restrictions.
The report released March 14 by DJI is based on media reports published in various countries detailing 18 incidents dating from May 2013 through February. The cover photo, taken in China, shows a DJI phantom lowering a small bag of supplies to people stranded on a pile of debris nearly engulfed by raging flood waters in May 2016 in Longsheng County, China. (The report includes links to each media story, and Google’s translation function comes in handy.)
Among the most recent examples, rescuers in Turkey used a drone to locate a film crew lost in deep woods while scouting locations to film, locating the crew as members began to suffer from hypothermia; also in February, a pair of kayakers stranded in South Carolina were located by firefighters who deployed a thermal imaging camera as night fell; and in western Canada, another infrared-camera-equipped drone helped rescue crews find four people who were stuck in waist-deep snow on a ski mountain in British Columbia.
Civilians who happened to be at the right place with the right drone accounted for a third of the people rescued in the DJI survey, and the rate of credited saves is increasing.
(Article Source: Jim Moore via AOPA)