SHENZHEN, China (BRAIN) — Amidst the often negative news about consumer drones — ranging from Peeping Tom incidents to aircraft interference — drone maker DJI announced Tuesday that its devices have saved at least 59 people from life threatening conditions.
DJI said the 59 people were connected to 18 separate incidents around the globe.
More than a third of the incidents involved drones operated by civilian bystanders and volunteers helping professional rescue personnel. Increasingly public safety agencies are making use of drones as well, DJI said.
DJI's report is based on a survey of media reports. It includes rescues made on land, on water and in flooded areas.
"DJI is at the forefront in efforts to develop best practices and optimal standards for firefighters, rescue services and other first responders to integrate drones into their command protocols," the company said. "As these efforts continue, we expect the number of lives saved by drones to continue to grow."