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Lifeguard drone flies to the rescue
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 24, 2018 12:01AM

Drones are proving quite useful in the lifeguarding business. Recently, a group of seven swimmers got caught in an undertow off a Spanish beach, and were being swept out to sea, reports ( They signaled the lifeguard for help, and an Auxdron Lifeguard Drone (, carrying two inflatable life jackets, was deployed.

One woman swimmer in particular was in serious trouble, so the drone operator, guided by the lifeguard and the drone’s video feed, dropped a life jacket to her, which inflated when it hit the water. A screen shot from the drone’s video, courtesy of General Drones S.L., is shown.

Lifeguards on Jet Skis then brought her back to shore, while the drone monitored the other swimmers and noted their location until they could be retrieved, as well. Thanks to the drone, hopefully, they all lived happily ever after.


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