An interesting article via The Daily Mail reveals that the face of lifeguarding could be changing dramatically with the help of unmanned drones. The lifeguard drones are expected to dramatically reduce the speed in which rescues can be affected and will serve as a valuable eye in the sky when a water user becomes endangered at sea. As well as providing a birds eye view and being able to move at a much faster speed through the air than a lifeguard can cut through the sea, the drones also have the ability to be able to carry and drop three flotation devices.
Drones sometimes attract press for all the wrong reasons such as invading privacy and disrupting air traffic or even as tools of war but the new lifeguard drones being developed by a company called RTS could save dozens of lives a year. Adam Rigi is the owner of RTS and explains that during trials, the drones cut 70 seconds off of the rescue time compared to a lifeguard.
The video of the drones below shows them first in a simulation scenario and then goes on to show that working prototypes have been developed and demonstrates just how quick the drone can move and how easily it can deploy the essential flotation rings. There is no two ways about it, if I was in trouble at sea, I wouldn’t give a monkey where the help came from and if a Lifeguard drone appeared on the horizon, I would welcome it with open arms.
Currently RTS are developing solar powered docking stations and the current drones are fitted with thermal technology, cameras and lights. You can see the Lifeguard Drone video below and we would love to hear your thoughts on them. Do you think they have a place at your local beach and can you suggest any other modifications you would like to see?