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Rockland Fire Department drone locates missing man

Jun 06, 2021
Photo by: Maine Department of Public Safety Peter Bang

Lincolnville — A Rockland Fire Department drone helped searchers find an 83-year-old man June 5, who was lost after hiking in Lincolnville.

Peter Bang was found at about 10 p.m., about 10 hours after he was reported missing.

Bang was walking on the Bayview Trail in Lincolnville when he separated from the person he was with. Bang suffers from advanced dementia and recently has experienced shortness of breath.

State Police and Game Wardens searched the area for Bang.

"Our drone team was sent to Lincolnville last night for the search and rescue of the missing man and we actually spotted him with our FLIR drone camera about 15 minutes before the search and rescue teams found him.

"We were able to give a location of interest to the Warden's Service searchers and they in turn has a dog in the area that ended up making contact," Rockland Fire Chief Christopher Whytock said.

"We flew for almost an hour before locating the heat source that was ultimately the missing man. Good things happen when we all work together," the chief said.

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Comments (5)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jun 07, 2021 08:35

Kudos to those department personal and volunteers who spent hours searching and to the ability of specialized equipment to help. Of course all of this would have been unnecessary if the person who choose to take an 83 year old man with advanced dementia and shortness of breath hiking had considered the foolhardiness of this project. If we just continue to condone irresponsible behavior we can only expect more to come.

Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Jun 06, 2021 15:19

A great training session for the drone team.

Posted by: Kimberley Heilig | Jun 06, 2021 10:55

Great work team!

Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Jun 06, 2021 10:10

WOW!!! That's terrific. Glad the man was found.

All the way to Waldo County. Such a great tool and trained teams should probably be funded by taxpayers of other communities to quicken the response times. What if the next one is Aroostook  or Washington County?

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 06, 2021 08:38

"Good things happen when we all work together," the chief said.

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