Oeiras beach becomes first in country to boast a life-saving drone

in World · 23-08-2018 11:02:00 · 1 Comments

Santo Amaro beach in Oeiras became, from Monday, the first beach in the country to be equipped with a life-saving drone.

The state-of-the-art apparatus is fitted with a buoy and can help save up to four people at a time.
It will be in permanent service on the beach, in an initiative spearheaded by the Paço de Arcos Voluntary Fire Brigade and backed by Oeiras Council.
During an official presentation of the drone to the press on Monday, Oeiras Mayor Isaltino Morais explained that the drone helps in the “speed of response” in providing help to victims.

“From what we have been shown, I believe it is possible to place a buoy next to the victim in just 40 seconds. It is a worthwhile investment,” said the mayor.
According to the commander of the Paço de Arcos fire department, “the drone can reach speeds of around 55 kilometres per hour and can withstand winds of up to 30 kilometres per hour, capable of transporting objects up to seven kilograms. The inflatable buoy, which will help in rescues, fills automatically when it touches the water”.
The device will be used simultaneously with lifeguards and all other entities involved in rescue operations on beaches.



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