Night vision video released Thursday showed the rescue of an elderly woman who was stranded in a canal near Tampa.
The woman, identified as 71-year-old Lillian Morales, had been missing for seven hours during stormy weather. Aerial footage showed the moment deputies spotted the woman, using an infrared camera.
A glowing human heat source was located in a narrow canal near Morales’ home. The aerial search team directed deputies on the ground to the woman.She was found the 71-year-old sitting in knee-deep water.
Police said she was cold, confused and covered with insect bites. Morales was safely reunited with her family.
"I personally feel like they saved that woman's life," said the Sheriff's Pilot Stuart O'Shannon.