Missing Pensioner Rescued Thanks to Police Drone
A 75-year-old man has been rescued from marshland in Norfolk thanks to the help of a police drone.
Peter Pugh had been walking with friends and family on Saturday, June 16 when he became separated from them; starting a large search for him.
After almost a day of searching throughout the local area by Norfolk police, HM Coastguard, RNLI Hunstanton and RNLI Wells Lifeboat and Norfolk Lowland and Search Service, the Norfolk police drone – piloted by Norfolk police’s Sergeant Danny Leach – was able to locate Mr Pugh stuck in dense reed beds and marshland.
Sgt Leach was then able to guide a HM Coastguard and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service team to him and safely pull him from a deep muddy creek before a helicopter was able to winch him out.
Following his rescue, Mr Pugh was taken by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn and was treated for hypothermia.
Sergeant Alex Bucher, who helped co-ordinate the search operation, said: “There is no doubt that without the police drone we would not have been able to locate him in the time we did. The police drone allows us to search areas that are difficult to access and within close range where a helicopter may not be able to get.”
While Lorne Green, Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “What a fantastic example of what can be achieved when our agencies work together and our police have the right tools for the job.
“Having pledged to give our officers the 21st century tools, including drones, that they need to keep our county safe, it’s incidents like this that demonstrate just how relevant that pledge was and continues to be.