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Police drone helps save man's life after car crash in freezing conditions

The drone was deployed following an accident on the A16 south of Grimsby and may have saved the victim's life


A police drone was able to locate a man who had been in a car crash unconscious in a 6ft deep ditch in the dead of night.

The drone was deployed just after 2am today after witnesses saw a man walking away from the scene of the accident on the A16 south of Grimsby where a car had flipped onto its side.

Desperate to find the driver of the car, Lincolnshire Police used their drone, equipped with thermal imaging, to search the scene as officers from Humberside Police searched by foot.

And within a few minutes the drone managed to find the driver unconscious in a 6ft deep ditch 160 metres from where the accident had happened, reports the Grimsby Telegraph.

The use of the drone helped save the man's life (Image: @WoldsSgt/Twitter WS)
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The remarkable footage shows the drone finding the man due to his body heat as he lies several feet off the main road where he had lost conciousness.

A police officer is then seen walking towards the man being directed by the drone pilot. When he finds him he calls another officer who is seen running to the scene as an ambulance is called.

Police say the quick response may have saved the man’s life as hypothermia was setting in due to the freezing conditions.

The drone was able to find the unconscious man (Image: @lincsCOPter/Twitter)

He was taken to hospital and is thought to be recovering from his ordeal.

Lincolnshire police officer @WoldsSgt, known as 'Tempo' who was one of the first on the scene, tweeted pictures and video of the amazing rescue.

Without the drone police were faced with searching the road and fields in the pitch black in freezing temperatures and hours before the sun rose.

Tempo said: “Vehicle found A16 on its side, witnesses saw male walking away.

“Male located in a ditch by the drone 160m from scene initially unresponsive and hypothermic but appears otherwise OK. Great result and life possible saved.”

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The Lincolnshire Police drone team praised the quick thinking by Tempo which helped find the victim.

It tweeted: “Thanks to @WoldsSgt for the request that may well have saved his life”

The police response was praised by Lincolnshire Police deputy chief constable Craig Naylor who said: "Great work Tempo and drone pilot." He asked the officers to contact him to let him know if the rescue had brought any lessons which could improve the response.

Tempo replied: "Great team effort as always. Thanks to SC Taylor (Drone Pilot) & PC’s Logan Glover & Smith who all did a cracking job."

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