New York State Police in East Herkimer has a positive story involving a drone and the rescue of a Herkimer County woman in distress. It was a thermal image from a New York State Police drone that helped Troopers find the Town of Columbia safely.

On April 16th, just before midnight, Troopers Justin Guba and Jared Platt, of State Police in East Herkimer were dispatched to a call of a suicidal female in the town of Columbia, located in Herkimer County.

When Troopers arrived at the residence, they interviewed the subject’s estranged boyfriend who stated that his 47-year-old ex-girlfriend called him and told him she was going to kill herself by overdosing on medication. The male was able to locate her vehicle by using a cell phone app.

The vehicle was found at the Ilion Marina. The Ilion Police Department was sent to the marina and quickly located the woman’s vehicle, unoccupied. At the scene of the vehicle, they located empty prescription pill bottles. Troopers were able to “ping” the woman’s cell phone which also showed to be in the general area of the Ilion marina.

Several agencies assisted in the search and rescue. The Frankfort Town Police, Frankfort Village Police, Herkimer Police, Mohawk Police, and Ilion Police began to search the area of the Ilion Marina to no avail. The estranged boyfriend called the female’s phone and was able to speak with her. She stated that she was lying down and was incapacitated in a wooded area somewhere near Ilion. At this point, rescuers were unable to determine where the woman was located.

That's when the NYSP UAS (Drone) responded with thermal imaging to attempt to locate the woman. Sergeant/Station Commander David Olney, Troop D Drone Unit Coordinator responded to the Ilion Marina and utilizing thermal imaging, located the woman in approximately 20 minutes. She was lying in an extremely dense, swampy area dressed in shorts and a T-shirt. Sergeant Olney directed searching members to the location of the woman. The searchers waded through knee-deep swampy areas to reach the woman who was extricated to a waiting MOVAC ambulance.

The woman was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica for treatment and mental health evaluation.

Officials say, the quick thinking of the NYSP Troopers on the scene of the initial call, the assistance of the Mohawk Valley police agencies, and the use of the thermal camera on the UAS/Drone all led to a successful search and rescue of the victim.

KEEP READING: Check out these totally awesome '80s toys

25 True Crime Locations: What Do They Look Like Today?

Below, find out where 25 of the most infamous crimes in history took place — and what the locations are used for today. (If they've been left standing.)

Great Disney+ Movies You Might Have Missed

These excellent films are all waiting to be discovered on Disney+.

Mind-Boggling 2022 Moments That Felt Like Pranks

We pulled together a list of 11 inexplicable news stories that have already gone viral this year. They might seem like jokes, but we regret to inform you that they were all very much real. Check them out below.

More From WIBX 950