Infrared-equipped DJI drone helps locate missing skiers and snowboarders

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In a first in western Canada, an infrared-equipped drone was used to rescue four people stranded in darkness, in waist-deep snow, on a recreational skiing mountain in British Columbia. It happened overnight Monday-Tuesday, with a DJI Matrice equipped with a FLIR Vue Pro camera operated by two men from a Kamloops company called Hummingbird Drones.

“We’ve been training with Kamloops Search and Rescue for well over a year,” co-founder and CEO Robert Atwood told TDC in a phone interview. “And the feeling of exhilaration was unlike anything either of us had every experienced – and we’ll likely remember for the rest of our lives.”

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