NBN News | NSW SURF LIFE SAVING DRONE FINDS MISSING MAN
An NSW Surf Life Saving drone has found a missing man in the bush on the central north coast.
The man had been missing for two days and police had serious concerns for his safety when the search began last Thursday near Kooloonbung Creek.
The nature reserve surrounding the cove is a dense 52 hectare park in the center of Port Macquarie.
Port Macquarie’s lifeguard supervisor, James Turnham, began an aerial search at 1 p.m. over the water and the bush.
Just after 2 p.m. that day, and with the resounding low battery signal, James saw a small blue object in the trees.
He relaunched the drone and was able to tell rescuers where to go.
“I must have been flying as low as possible under the trees and over the water – then I spotted his shirt,” Mr Turnham said.
A Surf Life Saving spine board was used to move the patient from the swampy area with the help of SES crews.
Paramedics assessed the patient for minor injuries and took him to hospital.
Chief Detective Inspector Darren Jameson praised the drone pilot for locating the man quickly and safely.
“The skills and abilities of the pilot, James Turnham, went a long way in finding this man as quickly as we did, and definitely saved his life.