By Alex Glenn • 22 July 2021 • 15:50
Fuengirola beach drones carry out over 900 missions in the first month Credit: Town Hall
Fuengirola beach drones carry out a stunning 900 plus missions during the first month in operation.
Each of Fuengirola’s four beaches have drones that operate between 11.00am and 8.00pm. They are able to assist the lifeguard service in the prevention of accidents and also offer vital life-saving assistance. When a swimmer is spotted in trouble the drones are able to deploy a float which can keep the person afloat until help arrives. The drones will remain active until September 15, when the summer season ends.
The councillor for Beaches, Javier Hidalgo, has commented on the stunning use of technology and said that the devices are able to give a vital advantage to saving swimmers who are in distress.
“The aerial surveillance service with drones offers extra security to our coastline and, in coordination with the Rescue and Lifeguard teams, Local Police and Beach Surveillance, make us one of the safest beaches nationwide.”
Fuengirola beaches have four drones which are distributed between the beaches of Castillo, Fuengirola, Los Boliches and Carvajal. Fuengirola is also the only municipality in Spain to have all of its beaches monitored from the air by drones.
Hidalgo said that: “In this first month of operation” the drones “have made 915 flight missions and most of them have been due to preventive actions, surveillance, training or maritime rescue.”
He also added that: “These are flights that are carried out at the request of the lifeguards, the police or the council’s own beach service. In general, they are carried out to control boats, bathers or surveillance in specific areas, by means of preventive and service messages that are sent through a loudspeaker.”
The drones can also help rescue people who are in distress in the water. Each drone carries two floats that can be launched as needed. When the floats come into contact with water they inflate in a matter of seconds.
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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