I have always envisioned drones being used for search and rescue. In my mind, the drone or UAV would have a thermal camera and help find lost hikers, etc. I did not envision the type of rescue that actually happened recently in Australia.
Check out this story and video, Watch as drone helps rescue boys caught in 9-foot ocean swell. The uses of drones will only be confined by the ability of people to imagine new uses for the aerial platform.