Drone Aids in Rescue of Elderly Texas Man

When an elderly man found himself lost in a field in Brownsville, Texas, the police and fire department was able to locate him using drone technology.

by Mark Reagan, The Monitor / January 9, 2019
Rescuers use a drone to locate an lost elderly man in Brownsville, Texas. Courtesy Still Brownsville.TV

(TNS) — The Brownsville police and fire departments joined forces Monday night to find and rescue an 88-year-old man who became lost in a field where the grass was more than four feet tall.

Brownsville Police Department Spokeswoman Melissa Gonzalez said Luis Reyna Zuniga's family told police the last time they saw the elderly man was about 5:30 p.m.

The police department responded to the 500 block of E. St. Francis to investigate the welfare concern at around 8:38 p.m. to investigate the man's disappearance.

(CLICK HERE to watch drone video of the rescue.)

During the course of the investigation, Gonzalez said police requested the Brownsville Fire Department join the search and deploy a drone in the effort to locate Zuniga, who suffers from unspecified medical conditions.

At 11:11 p.m., Brownsville Fire Department drone operator Desi Tristan spotted Zuniga sitting in tall grass in a field by the levee in the vicinity of W. 5th Street and Ramireno Lane.

As of Tuesday morning, Zungia was still in the hospital, but is in stable condition, Gonzalez said.

"This was a collaborative effort working together for a great success story," Sheldon said.

Deputy Fire Chief Cesar Pedraza said he felt that the use of the drone saved Zuniga's life.

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