You never know what kind of skills can come in handy when dealing with an emergency.
East Bay cinematographer Douglas Thron happens to be a skilled, professional drone pilot with some pretty impressive credits. He’s done drone recording for National Geographic, and The Discovery Channel, among others. Last year, he traveled to the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian to help recue groups locate victims of the hurricane.
Now, he’s using his skill to help locate lost animals in all kinds of natural disasters. He uses the infrared sensors on his drone to locate animals from the air during disasters like hurricanes and wildfires. He finds the animals walking in the debris, and then directs rescuers to their locations. His resume includes finding Koalas during the wildfires in Australia, and finding animals in the wildfires of California and Oregon. He also played a big role in locating victims and animals in Louisiana after a devastating hurricane.
Just take a look at his drone shot of the hurricane devastation in the Bahamas:
Jack and Carolyn talked about this on the Morning Breeze. Listen here: