Rio Beaches Deploying Life-Saver Drones

Rio Lifeguards Now Using Drones With Life Preservers To Prevent Drowning




” Rio de Janeiro firefighters are beginning to use drones equipped with cameras and with life preservers for quicker rescues and to prevent people from drowning at crowded beaches like Ipanema and Copacabana, authorities said Tuesday.

  The drone’s camera will be able to transmit the exact position of a person in danger, and its flotation device can be dropped so “the possible victim can stay on the surface of the water until lifeguards arrive,” the commander of the Copacabana Maritime Association, Lt. Col. Fernando Santos, said.

  The small, unmanned aircraft will allow paramedics working on the beach as lifeguards to spot possible victims beyond the breaking waves, Santos said in a statement released Tuesday by the government of Rio de Janeiro state.”


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