Wilmington Drone Program to Appear on Good Morning America

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Wilmington police prepare to deploy a drone to search the Brandywine for a 20-year-old man who went missing Monday night. (Photo: Damian Giletto/The News Journal) Buy Photo

Wilmington will be featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday morning with a live broadcast of a simulated drone-assisted water rescue conducted by police and fire personnel.

Buy Photo Members of the Wilmington Crime scene unit fly a drone during a rescheduled Fourth of July fireworks celebration in tandem with its Back to School festival Saturday. (Photo: Saquan Stimpson, SAQUAN STIMPSON/SPECIAL TO THE NEWS JOURNAL)

The segment will appear between 7:30-8 a.m. It will be broadcast live locally on WPVI-TV Channel 6.

The Wilmington Police Department’s Drone Program will coordinate with the Wilmington Fire Department and other first responders on the simulated rescue of a Good Morning America employee from the Brandywine River.

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Fire and police response vehicles and other emergency-related activities will be present on a portion of the river at that time, and residents need not be alarmed, the city said in a news release.

“Any water-related operation, whether simulated or real, is extremely dangerous, which is why our police and fire officials and staff from the television show have planned and practiced this segment in advance of tomorrow’s live presentation,” Mayor Purzycki said in a news release.

The staged rescue is being conducted on private property and will not be available for public viewing.

Contact Adam Duvernay at aduvernay@delawareonline.com or (302) 324-2785.

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