The ‘Water Search and Rescue’ exercise is a significant collaboration between the police, fire service, and volunteer rescue teams like York Rescue Boat. It featured the use of a drone equipped with thermal imaging cameras to search for bodies in the water. The exercise involved boats being launched into the water and a drone flying overhead. Officers from North Yorkshire Police’s operational support unit sent up a drone equipped with a thermal camera while rescue boats searched the water below. The exercise allowed rescue teams from different organizations to practice their inter-operability, radio communications, and the use of thermal imaging when looking for casualties in the water. Overall, the exercise was a valuable learning experience for all involved and aimed to improve the safety of York and its rivers.
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