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Dramatic moment drone discovers man missing overnight on marshes

The moment Peter is spotted in a dense reed bed Credit: Norfolk Police

Dramatic pictures released by police show the moment a drone spotted a man who'd been missing on the Norfolk coast for nearly 24 hours.

Police say without the drone they might not have spotted him.

Peter Pugh, who's 75 and from Brancaster, had been walking with friends and family on Saturday 16 June when he became separated from them just after 5pm.

Police and coastguards searched all night, together with the Hunstanton and Wells Inshore Lifeboat and Norfolk Lowland and Search Service.

At approximately 2.35pm on Sunday the Norfolk Police drone, being piloted by Sergeant 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 taken by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn where he is being treated for hypothermia.

Fifty people were involved in the search for Peter Credit: Norfolk Police

“This is a great example of multi-agency working at its best and through our teamwork we were able to successfully locate Peter and return him back to his family on Father’s Day.

“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.

– Sergeant Alex Bucher

Fifty people were involved in the search.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said drones were a vital tool.

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.

– Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green