If you’re interested in reading a much better written article here is one from dpreview, which is where the title of this post is from. Since this sub has a white list of domains and doesn’t allow links from dpreview, I had to look for an allowed source reporting on this story.
From the dpreview article:
DJI m210RTK v2 drone equipped with an XT2 dual thermal camera.
Since Fines uses the drone for business purposes, he already had 10-12 sets of batteries charged and ready to go. ‘I went to the command center and introduced myself. They asked me not to fly until the state police helicopter left the area, which happened about 10:30 pm,’ Fines told us.
Once Fines received clearance for takeoff, he said ‘I quickly started flying and it was by using a programmed flight path that I could efficiently cover a lot of ground. After quite a few false positives – otters, deer, bear – at 1:40 am, I spotted the six-year-old and his dog.
So in this case, a drone operated from a tiny screen by a photographer was actually more efficient than a freaking state Police Helicopter at finding this boy. Which is crazy, imo. Also, if he had been cleared to use his drone much earlier than 10:30PM, they could have found the boy before 1:40AM.