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According to a recent study by DJI Technology Inc, 59 lives have been saved by civilian drones in 18 different incidents, 38 of these lives were saved in the last 10 months. Based on this experience, drones are saving on average one life per week.

Most rescues occurred in the United States and China with a few in Turkey and Canada as well. Two notable examples are the November 8, 2015, rescue of fourteen people in China when a drone delivered supplies to trapped workers and the February 15th, 2017, drone-aided rescue of a missing film crew in a snowy terrain.

There have also been reports of drones locating as many as 200 people during a flash flood in India. Drone pilots were able to locate stranded people and create a GPS map for rescue teams

The DJI study found that it takes a five-person rescue team two hours to find a victim in one square kilometer but it takes a drone just 20 minutes. In addition to saving the rescue team’s time, drones can protect them by providing a bird’s eye view of any hazards they may face.

Drones have clearly proved to be incredibly valuable in the hands of trained rescue professionals. Perhaps even more remarkable is the influx of civilians using drones to aid others and save lives.  One-third of the 59 lives saved by drone users were rescued by non-professionals.

If you are interested in using a drone to enhance your business you will need to pass the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Certification Exam. Certified Training Institute offers exam prep for the FAA exam and courses for drone use in Real Estate and Construction. If you have questions please visit our website, call 800-727-7104, or email


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