DRONES TO THE RESCUE ON THE HIGH SEAS
Drone can drop floats to drowning swimmers
Drone technology is being used to save lives off the coast of the UAE.
The remote-control drone, equipped with four ring buoys, cameras and thermal sensors to scan beaches has already saved two lives so far, during its trial period, said Colonel Nasser Rashid Al Zirri, Director of Media and Public Relations at Ajman Civil Defence.
The maritime rescue team confirmed that the drone will be officially deployed by the coastal unit next week, which has rescued 13 people from drowning so far this year. One person has drowned off the coast of Ajman in 2016.
Al Zirri said each life-ring will carry a camera, while the nose of the drone will also be equipped with a camera for a full view of the sea surface.
“The drone is designed to withstand high-winds and rains in addition to being virtually impenetrable to hackers due to secret codes,” Al Zirri said.
He added that the drone’s camera is able to detect incidents of drowning and enlarge images of the scene.
“It is also fitted with thermal sensors to scan the beaches for incidents of drowning or people in distress and dispatch a rescue boat to them,” he said.
Al Zirri said that if it is a success, the drone will be used across other emirates.