A ‘flying’ life guard will now protect swimmers on Dubai beaches

A ‘flying’ life guard will now protect swimmers on Dubai beaches

The Dubai Municipality has adapted modern technology to adapt a safety measure that will go a long way in ensuring and boosting safety standards on the beaches of Dubai. Now, drones are being deployed that will detect swimmers who are in distress and will instantly drop lifebuoy rings for their rescue, thus accounting for a swifter and more effective rescue than a conventional lifeguard. A customized drone called the ‘Flying Rescuer’ was inducted into the Coastal Rescue and Safety (CRS) System of the Dubai Municipality.

The new measure was announced by Khalid Sharif Al Awadhi, CEO of Environment, Health and Safety Sector. The director of the municipality’s Environment department, Alia Al Harmoudi, said that the drone was capable enough to rescue eight drowning people simultaneously. Moreover, it also retains the capability to be used with a rescue raft that inflates the moment it touches the water’s surface thus saving several people together.

The drone comprises of two cameras that are instrumental in navigating precisely and transmitting footage up to 1 km from the scene and also enables the launch of buoys and rescue pipes to the targeted area. It can carry a load of up to 8 kgs and has four foldable arms. Moreover, its high speed ensures that it can cover 300 m in under 6 seconds thus making it a more feasible option than human lifeguards.