09/07/2014 09:44 EDT | Updated 11/07/2014 05:59 EST

Drone helps RCMP find missing family in Dartmouth woods

RCMP in Nova Scotia used a drone to find a family missing in the woods in Dartmouth Saturday night.

On Saturday night a couple and their 17 year old left to go hiking around 4:30 p.m., off Highway 107.

They become disoriented and called police around 8:30 p.m.

Police say they sent up one of their unmanned aerial vehicles and it found the family in a heavily wooded area near Topsail Lake.

Officers and police dogs were able to walk the family out of the woods around 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Nova Scotia RCMP bought five drones earlier this summer. Each machine costs around $30,000.