Police say airborne thermal camera saved missing kids – but was a helicopter too much?

Thermal image of two children lost in Scottish forest with metadata around it
(Image credit: Police Scotland Air Unit Lanarkshire)

The Police Scotland Air Unit has released an image captured with a thermal camera, which was caught as part of its successful rescue of two children lost in a remote area of forestry roughly halfway between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Though the children do appear to be on a track, they were missing and a search was underway in the Shotts / Fauldhouse area. The aerial image above was caught from a police helicopter.

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