Iceland's search and rescue teams are increasingly using drones for both rescue practices and actual rescues. By attaching cameras to drones, rescue areas can be mapped out much more quickly than by sending groups of rescue team members across the area.
Ólafur Jón Jónsson who works as a volunteer for the Scout rescue team in Reykjavik says that heat cameras will be of great importance in the future.
Last week, a couple of tourists were rescued from a mountain in Siglufjörður with the help of a drone. Jónsson adds that searching beaches is much more productive using drones. Drones have been used for rescues in Mount Esja and for numerous rescue practices.