Drone Rescues an Injured Hiker

A woman fallen nearly 30 feet down a rocky slope in Clear Creek Canyon in Denver, Colorado, was rescued by a drone. The drone was used to locate the woman but the whole operation took about six hours to rescue the lady. About three dozen rescue workers were engaged in the operation who made use of an inflatable raft and two rope systems to bring the hiker back to safety. According to the images shared by West Metro Fire Rescue, it appears that DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise came to the woman’s rescue.

The unlucky hiker fell down a steep rocky crevice who was hiking off-trail and got her head injured. Ronda Scholting, a West Metro Fire Rescue official said that it was quite a sensitive and complicated rescue.The injured hiker could not walk out of the back country.

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The rescue squad used a drone to analyze the area and decided to make use of a rope system.The hiker was initially lowered to the creek side with the help of a rope system and was subsequently carried down the creek bed for about 600 feet to a location where a second rope system had been setup to pull the hiker up on the road to an ambulance.

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The West Metro and Golden Fire Department collaborated in the operation with additional help from Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, Jefferson County Open Space, the State Patrol, the state Department of Transportation and American Medical Response ambulance.The drone that came to the woman’s rescue was probably DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise which is quite easy to bring along during search and rescue missions but is also affordable and swifter to deploy in contrast to DJI M210 with Zenmuse XT2.

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