- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Albemarle County deputies will soon be using a drone to help with search-and-rescue efforts.

News outlets report that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve the donation of a drone to the county sheriff’s office.

The $1,500 small, unmanned aircraft was donated by David King, founder of King Family Vineyards and an auxiliary sheriff’s deputy.

Sheriff Chip Harding says authorities will be using the device only for search-and-rescue efforts and not for law enforcement purposes. It will be allowed to fly up to 400 feet above the ground to take photos and videos.

King says deputies practicing a search-and-rescue mission were able to found a “missing” child in two minutes in a wooded area by using the drone.


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