September 7, 2014 8:36 am
Updated: September 7, 2014 3:04 pm

RCMP use drone to find family lost in the woods

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HALIFAX – RCMP say a drone was used to help locate a family that got lost in the woods.

On Saturday at 4:30 p.m., two adults and their 17-month-old child entered the woods off the Highway 107 extension.

The Dartmouth family got lost and called police around 8:30 p.m.

Sgt. Linda Gray with Halifax District RCMP tells Global News that police tried using sirens to pinpoint where the family was but did not have any luck.

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“They had tried to get a track with the K-9 unit but they weren’t able to get a good track so that’s when they decided to use the unmanned aerial system,” Gray said.

A drone was deployed, and the family was found in a heavily wooded area northeast of Topsail Lake.

Police located the family and walked them out of the woods around 2 a.m. on Sunday.

There were no injuries.

RCMP drones were put into service this year; in July, the drones were unveiled for the media.

“If we have a person potentially lost in the woods, or a child gone missing, we could potentially deploy it and use the thermal infrared camera to detect them in the woods,” RCMP Const. Mark Skinner, one of a handful of operators in the province with a special certificate from Transport Canada to fly the drones, said at the time.

The RCMP in Nova Scotia have five drones across the province; each costs $30,000.

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