That is an incredible new use for drones — lifeguards.
As apparent a use because it sounds, that is the primary occasion we’ve seen of it to this point. In accordance to this report in Slate, a pilot undertaking in Chile is testing drones to help lifeguards in rescue. The drones are deployed from the lifeguard station with a life vest. They report that the drones attain victims inside a mean of 30 seconds, about “three minutes sooner than normal response from human lifeguards.”
The drones are additionally “outfitted with exterior audio system to give directions or reassurance to swimmers, they usually have video cameras so lifeguards on the shore can see what’s happening and the place to drop flotation gadgets. At night time, the drones’ LED fixtures can illuminate a sufferer within the water,” in accordance to Slate.
Watch the video of the way it works, courtesy of the AP: