KEY POINTS

  • The wandering man was found in a wooded area in Enfield, Connecticut
  • The Enfield Police Departmenthas released some footage shot from the drone rescue operation
  • The screengrabs of the rescue footage were posted by Enfield police online story

The search for a missing blind man bore fruit after police deployed a drone to help them locate the man.

The wandering man was found in a wooded area in Enfield, Connecticut after he had been missing for more than thirty hours.

On February 15, a member of the blind man’s family called the Enfield Police Department and told them they were unable to contact the man according to the statement released on Facebook from the police department.

The police started investigating and found out that no one had seen the man since 10 am the previous day.

The authorities studied the man’s movements, considering he was blind and were able to establish he had become disoriented and lost when he had walked away from his house.

The investigators searching had concerns about the low temperatures in the area.

Investigators were worried the man was at risk of suffering from hypothermia because of the temperature in the area. It was also about the amount of time he had been outside. It would not be long before exposure caught up to him.

The Vernon Connecticut Police Department was called in to assist in the search efforts by deploying one of their drones to search the area.

The drone pilot searched the wooded area and, after thirty minutes, was able to find the man.

The Enfield Police Department has released some footage shot from the drone rescue operation, showing rescuers putting the man in a gurney.

The screengrabs of the rescue footage were posted by Enfield police online story.

Sgt. Todd Thiel from the Vernon police was the drone pilot who found the missing man.

Speaking in an interview, he said that he was concerned about finding the man as soon as possible, considering how long the man had been missing.

He said that searching for the man was akin to looking for a needle in a haystack, but he was fortunate enough to spot something.

Details about the identity of the blind man have not been made public yet.

The rescued man told the search and rescue team he had medical conditions that had disoriented him when he walked outside of his home.

According to the man, he had been outside in the cold for thirty-three hours.

The man was taken to the local hospital to receive treatment by the rescue team. Authorities are discouraging unnecessary exposure for lengthy periods.

drone-1080844_640 Police drone Photo: Pixabay