Police officers are aided by thermal imagers to rescue missing pensioner [Video]

Dramatic moment as police officers are aided by thermal imagers to rescue a missing retiree, 76, who feared for his life after becoming trapped in brambles in dense moor

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This is when police officers used thermal imaging to rescue a missing retiree who feared for his life after becoming trapped in brambles and unable to free himself.

Lynton Bradley, 76, was walking near Coleshill, Warwickshire, on Nov. 12, when he drifted off course and fell into a ditch, becoming entangled in dense undergrowth.

The footage, posted to the West Midlands Police’s Twitter account, shows the police’s specialist search unit rescuing the retiree from the forest using thermal images from a helicopter.

Lynton Bradley, 76, was walking near Coleshill, Warwickshire, on Nov. 12 when he drifted off course and fell into a ditch. It was located by thermal imaging

The video, posted to the West Midlands Police Twitter, shows the police's specialist search unit rescuing the pensioner after tracing his phone signal.

The video, posted to the West Midlands Police Twitter, shows the police’s specialist search unit rescuing the pensioner after tracing his phone signal.

After becoming trapped, Mr Bradley called his son Steve from Peterborough to say he was trapped in the ditch and unable to bend to free himself from the sharp brambles.

His son contacted West Midlands Police who were able to trace Mr Bradley’s telephone signal shortly before the battery ran out, indicating a wooded area near the M6 ​​and Collector Road, Warwickshire.

Officers used thermal imaging from a helicopter to detect a heat source in a levee, showing Mr Bradley curled up into a ball.

PCs Lee Parker and Adam Kendall found Mr. Bradley after he had been missing for about three hours.

He told the officers, “I was about to give up.”

As officers approach Mr Bradley, they are heard saying, ‘Are you sure you’re warm enough? I’m going to put this coat over you.’

The unit can be seen helping Mr. Bradley through the undergrowth and freeing his feet from the brambles.

One of the officers comforts him and says, ‘Are you okay? You’re okay. We got you. Do not worry.’

The agent adds: ‘Is your phone battery empty? It’s a godsend that you had it with you. That’s how we found you. We tracked your phone. So please, please keep your phone with you wherever you go.”

His son contacted West Midlands Police, who were able to trace Mr Bradley's phone signal shortly before the battery ran out, and officers posted the footage to show the importance of having a phone with you at all times. to have

His son contacted West Midlands Police, who were able to trace Mr Bradley’s phone signal shortly before the battery ran out, and officers posted the footage to show the importance of having a phone with you at all times. to have

You can watch the unit help Mr Bradley through the undergrowth and free his feet from the brambles before having him checked in an ambulance.

You can watch the unit help Mr Bradley through the undergrowth and free his feet from the brambles before having him checked in an ambulance.

Mr Bradley, who lost a shoe in the autumn, was checked by paramedics at the scene but was not seriously injured except for scratches and a sore foot.

His son Steve Bradley later praised the officers involved in the search.

He added: ‘Dad called me to say, ‘I’m in trouble, I went for a walk and I’m lost, I fell and I can’t get out’. I live in Peterborough and drove straight through it; When I got there I couldn’t believe how many police officers were helping with the search.

“It was great when I saw the torches and they appeared with him.

“Another hour on his own and it could have been a different story. I can’t thank the officers enough for what they did to save him.

“One of them said it was their year to find him alive and it really struck me how much they cared about him and desperately wanted to find him.”

Chief Superintendent Sarah Burton said: ‘It was a great team effort to find Lynton – this was a challenging area to search, a vast expanse of thick-edged fields, deep gullies, water and dense undergrowth.

‘Their combined professionalism, dedication and commitment undoubtedly saved his life. All the officers involved should be very proud of their actions.’

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