Drones used in beaches often act as assistants to lifeguards. With these flying machines buzzing all over the place, it is very easy to spot any danger. These dangers include someone drowning, an incoming storm, or even the presence of sharks. In the event of danger, the drone can alert people in the area via its built-in speakers. It could even bring a drowning person a life vest while waiting for responders to arrive.
For the most part, that is the jobs these drones have. They act as intermediaries; first to arrive on the scene and survey the area for the responders. They gather data so that the human responders to the scene would be better equipped for the task. If someone is drowning, drones spot them and drop supplies and nothing more. That is, until the arrival of this next drone.
India’s Saif Seas Drone
In the coastal regions of India, a drone not only acts as a spotter for drowning swimmers. The Saif Seas drone is a large drone capable of rescuing victims in the water. It actually swims to the victim and tries to help them swim to shore. Yes, this aquatic drone acts like a small motorboat, where a person can simply hold onto it while it does all the lifting. The Saif Seas is a great tool to have since it can carry up to 300 kilograms of cargo. It means that the lifeguard drone can carry up to three adults in one go. This is a very precious tool to have, especially in shipwreck cases, or events with multiple people injured in the water.
The lifeguard drone has a horseshoe-shaped design. In function, the person drowning can grab onto the middle part of the drone. For multiple victims, they can each cling onto the u-shape to stay afloat.