A thermal camera-equipped unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is being credited with finding a missing Chihuahua-Pomeranian dog in the U.K. on Monday morning.
According to a Facebook post from the unmanned aviation services group of Wales-based Resource Group, the company joined the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Gwent Police, and the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to send out a team of UAS pilots to look for Cherry the dog, who had been MIA for five days in the Cwmtillery Lakes area of South Wales.
Deploying a Falcon 8 drone, which was fitted with an infrared camera, the crew identified a “possible heat source” and, in turn, rescued poor Cherry from inside an “old mining tunnel.”
“We are delighted to have been able to reunite Cherry with her owner,” said John Larkin of Resource Group’s unmanned aviation services group (via Facebook). “Using thermal imaging cameras mounted to one of our unmanned aircraft, we were able to locate Cherry within 20 minutes. This just goes to show the widespread applications of drone technology – from aerial inspection and surveying to search and rescue situations – highlighting the breadth of our unmanned aviation services.”
Photo courtesy of the “Missing Cherry” Facebook page