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Rutgers Researchers Working With Lifeguards On Rescue Drone « CBS New York

Posted by | August 26, 2018 | Lifeguard Jobs, Lifeguards, Open Water Lifeguards

BELMAR, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New life-saving technology could be coming to a beach near you.  Lifeguards on the Jersey Shore are testing the waters on the use of rescue drones, CBS2’s Meg Baker reported Thursday.

High above Belmar’s beach soars a new tool. The high-tech device is an additional option during an emergency, providing flotation and communication.  “That could potentially buy lifeguards additional time, but it in no way removes the lifeguard from life-saving equation,” lifeguard Eric Kerecman said.  Belmar partnered with Rutgers University to test and tweak how the drone-assisted rescue operation would work.  “We found the drone can get out to a person about one minute faster than, say, if a lifeguard is having to battle a heavy surf,” said Hugh Roarty, the project manager at Rutgers’ Center for Ocean Observing Leadership.  READ MORE…

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