Divers seek $250K police drone from Texas lake

(Thomas Costley/KXAN)

CONROE, Texas (AP) — Divers are searching a Houston-area lake for a $250,000 law enforcement drone that crashed into the water last week.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said the drone malfunctioned and dropped into Lake Conroe during a training exercise Friday, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.

“Divers did go down to look for it. They are still looking. It went down in deep water where there is a rocky bottom. Visibility is also a problem because of sediment at the bottom of the lake,” sheriff’s spokesman Brady Fitzgerald said.

The sheriff’s office uses the drone for emergency management, missing person recovery and other operations including filming above tactical officer activities, Fitzgerald said. The nearly 50-pound drone is equipped with a camera and an infrared scanning device, and was purchased in 2011 using a federal grant.

Lake Conroe is about 50 miles north of Houston.

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