Drone footage shows dramatic moment missing man found stuck in Titchwell marshes
Drone footage showing the dramatic moment a missing man was found stuck in the marshes at Titchwell has been released by police.
Peter Pugh, 75, from Brancaster, had been walking with friends and family at about 5.10pm on Saturday (June 16) when he became separated from them.
Officers said the operation was a "great example" of multi-agency work which meant that they were able to reunite Peter with his family on Father's Day.
Sgt Alex Butcher, who helped co-ordinate the search operation, said: "There is no doubt that without the police drone we would not have been able to locate him in the time we did. The police drone allows us to search areas that are difficult to access and within close range where a helicopter may not be able to get.
"Approximately 50 people were directly involved with this search operation and it was through their dedication and hard work we were able to save this man’s life.”
Norfolk Police, assisted by HM Coastguard, Hunstanton and Wells Inshore Lifeboat and Norfolk Lowland and Search Service, began searches of the local area throughout the night and into Sunday.
At about 2.35pm the Norfolk Police drone, piloted by Sgt Danny Leach, spotted Peter stuck in very dense reed beds and marshland at Titchwell.
Sgt Leach was then able to guide a team from HM Coastguard and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service to him.
The team pulled Peter from a deep muddy creek before providing first aid until the Coastguard rescue helicopter arrived to winch him out.
Peter was then taken by air ambulance to Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he is being treated for hypothermia.
Norfolk's police and crime commissioner Lorne Green said: "What a fantastic example of what can be achieved when our agencies work together and our police have the right tools for the job.
"Having pledged to give our officers the 21st century tools, including drones, that they need to keep our county safe, it’s incidents like this that demonstrate just how relevant that pledge was and continues to be.
"Now, almost a year since Norfolk Police launched its initial drone trial, this is yet another remarkable achievement. Well done to all involved.”