Drones trial to raise beach security for Cartagena


CARTAGENA has been selected as one of the four cities in Spain to pilot a programme of drone surveillance on its beaches.
The Security Board met with Mayor José Lopez, the Councillor for Public Safety Francisco Aznar and police officials as well as representatives of the Fire Department and Civil Protection office on Friday June 26 to discuss security precautions for the summer.
It was confirmed by Police Chief Manuel Asensio that some 200 extra police officers have been put in place over the height of the summer season, with additional cover provided whenever a greater police presence is deemed appropriate, such as during the Mar de Musica Festival scheduled from July 17 – 26 and also on Friday and Saturday evenings.
A total of 22 aid stations will be manned by 80 members of the Civil Protection unit, 54 of whom are volunteers, some continuing to work until October, along the beaches of Cartagena.
With respect to lifesaving, drones operated by trained personnel will monitor the beaches and water and can throw a lifeline to swimmers in trouble.
Finally there will be 82 Guardia Civil agents in place, of which 62 will be assigned to the Mar Menor.

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