(ORDO NEWS) — A drone helped save the life of a child struggling with the sea off the coast of Sagunto in Valencia, Spain.
The incident took place last Friday, July 1, when a 14-year-old boy was swimming in the sea. At that moment, swimming was allowed, but the weather conditions changed very quickly.
The local lifeguards sent a rapid response drone to the boy, which delivered him a life jacket, which likely saved the swimmer’s life.
In video provided by the lifeguards, the boy was seen struggling to pick up a life jacket that ended up keeping him afloat in rough waters.
Shortly thereafter, two rescuers on a jet ski arrived on the scene and with some difficulty managed to get the boy on board before bringing him back to shore.
The child was saved by one of the General Drones, which dropped a life jacket attached to a cord. The cord allows the drone to keep the lifejacket from being swept away by the current, and can also winch it up if needed to toss it closer to drowning swimmers.
However, judging by the video, the boy was about 15 meters from the shore, in a shallow place, and there were other people nearby.
And the jet ski, leaving one of the rescuers in the water, left with the second in an unknown direction. So, perhaps it was just a successful exercise to practice the actions of rescuers with a drone.
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