Drones Tested for Beach Rescue
From AP. Drones have been fitted to carry a float, camera, microphone, and a speaker by a Chilean company that is hoping to use the technology to save lives at the beach. According to AP, the drones are being tested on the beaches of Algarrobo, Chile to assist lifeguards in rescuing people who get into difficulties in the ocean.
The program is being run by Green Solution and X-Cam. The drones can arrive at the swimmer’s location faster and then drop a flotation device so the person can hold on and float until the lifeguard or help arrives.
AETecno reported the the drones have GPS for an alternative form of navigation and can fly about 1,200 meters (approx. 0.75 miles) and they have speakers to give instructions to the swimmers. Thus far the pilot program has been able to reach swimmers in an average of 30 seconds, that is 3 minutes faster than the average time for a human lifeguard responder.
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