Search and rescue officials in British Columbia, Canada recently used a drone to locate lost skiers near the Sun Peaks Ski Resort. The skiers were lost for nine hours before the drone team from the nearby city of Kamloops could arrived and find them.
The drone was equipped with a infrared FLIR camera which made it possible to located the skiers using their thermal signature. FLIR infrared cameras are now small enough and cheap enough to use on a quadcopters and can help in everything from search and rescue operations to firefighting.
This is another example of the positive impact drones can have, which sort of makes up for the actions of really stupid and inexperienced drone pilots.
A recent example being the drone pilot who flew over the skijoring race (where a horse pulls a person on skis) in Silverton, Colorado. The drone flew too close to a horse and spooked it. The horse then subsequently ran into a group of people, injuring three and sending two to the hospital. Local police said they would ticket the drone pilot, but the pilot was not identified.