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Tag: LifeSavingDrones

Lifeguard UAV Rescues Swimmer in Spain

Last week, a group of seven swimmers located about 70 m (230 ft) from the beach at Spain’s port of Sagunto found themselves caught in an undertow and being swept out to sea.

After they signalled one of the lifeguards, an onsite Auxdron Lifeguard Drone was flown out to perform a rescue.

Made by Spanish startup GeneralDrones, the Auxdron features eight props/motors located on the ends of four arms, along with a watertight carbon fiber body and a maximum flight time of 34 minutes – that goes down to 26 minutes when it’s carrying a payload of two inflatable life jackets.

Read More: UAV Vision

Medical Cargo Could Be The Gateway For Routine Drone Deliveries

One shred of solace that surfaced as hurricanes and tropical storms pummeled Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico last fall was the opportunity to see drones realize some of their life-saving potential.

During those disasters unmanned aircraft surveyed wrecked roads, bridges and rail lines. They spotted oil and gas leaks. They inspected damaged cell towers that had left thousands unable to call for help. “Drones became a literal lifeline,” former Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta told the agency’s drone advisory committee in November.

Read More: National Public Radio