We’ve seen drones being used to knock down other drones. But have you seen a drone being used to save another drone? Redditor DubitON did it and he filmed the action of saving his neighbor’s drone when it got stuck in a tree.
Well, this was unexpected. There weren’t even any rumours floating around, other than a mention of a patent two years ago. Then radio silence, nothing. But now, Canon have entered into the drone market. Although it’s not the consumer drone market. They’re going industrial.
With the catchy name of PD6E2000-AW-CJ1, Canon’s new drone costs a reported $20,000. Of course, you can double that price when you add in the $20,000 ME20F-SH camera that gets mounted to it. It’s designed for search and rescue, which is probably why they chose a camera that goes up over ISO 4,000,000. After all, if you’re looking for people in the dark, you need a camera that can see in it.
Photojournalists are used to seeing some pretty intense scenes in the course of their work. It’s not often that they choose to become part of them, though. Cameraman and owner of RMG News, Austin Raishbrook made that choice when he put down his camera to rescue a trapped and unconscious driver from a burning vehicle.
CBS reports that Raishbrook was filming n SUV that had stalled on the outside lane of a northbound California freeway. The SUV’s lights had failed after two vehicles made glancing blows as they went past, but then a third slammed into it. This caused it spin and burst into flames. Raishbrook immediately “switched over from cameraman to rescuer”.
Hurricane Matthew was the deadliest hurricane in over a decade, killing at least 500 to possibly over a 1,000 people during its run. It also caused billions of dollars worth of damage to property. That devastation included Hope Mills, North Carolina which saw severe flooding. In the aftermath, filmmaker ImSoFIRST took out his drone to survey the area.
After getting back home, he posted a still frame to Instagram and Twitter. Purely by coincidence, the photo was spotted and recognised by Twitter user Craig Williams, who was shocked to recognise his brother’s house in the photo. It turned out, Craig’s brother was trapped inside the house, along with his dog who couldn’t swim. Unable to get the county to rescue his brother, Craig responded to ImSoFIRST to reach out for help.
For some of us, just seeing a white-tailed eagle in the wild would be a treat. Polish wildlife photographer Krzysztof Chomicz has seen plenty. Lately, he saw one in a situation he didn’t like, drowning in thick mud.
Without hesitation, he went out to save it. This isn’t the first time, either. Chomicz rescued another white-tailed eagle last year from a similar predicament. This time, the whole ordeal was caught on a drone’s camera.