It turns out drones can be used for more than wedding videos,champagne delivery, and Martha Stewart’s amusement.
On Tuesday, a window washer in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, was 10 floors up the side of a skyscraper when his lift malfunctioned. As the English news blog 7 Days in Dubai reports, police were called to the scene and deployed a drone to help him.
According to one of the officials who came to his aid, the window washer attempted to leave the faulty platform he was working on and was holding onto a window in fear. After clearing out the area, police flew a drone owned by the Abu Dhabi Police (apparently this is a thing that police departments own now) up to where the man was stuck.
Officials used the drone’s microphone to first “calm down the cleaner.” Then, using a camera attached to the flying robot, they identified what exactly was wrong with the rig. After that, the emergency crew on site instructed the worker how to fix the platform. He made it to the ground safely.