Search-and-rescue mission under a watchful bird’s eye


A Menlo Park Fire Protection District drone on a search for a missing person in August 2018 near the marshes at the eastern end of the Dumbarton Bridge captured this image of a gull, sunlight on the Bay, and the fire district’s air boat from its water rescue program.

And what was the boat crew out to rescue? The drone used to take the photo was one of two in service by the fire district, the other having been knocked out of the sky earlier in the day, perhaps by a gull, said Battalion Chief Tom Calvert. The crew seen on the boat, it turns out, was looking for the downed drone.

“We were rather certain that a bird strike had knocked it out of the sky,” Calvert

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