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Pars prototype rescue drone is faster than a human lifeguard in testing

Although drones are mainly in the news these days for the militaristic aspects, they can also be used to save lives. RTS earlier this year showed off a flying drone, Pars, which is designed to help rescue drowning victims. The prototype of that flying rescue robot is now being tested at the Caspian Sea near Iran.
The drone is designed to be able to independently find drowning victims in the ocean and then drop floating rings to them. Testing of the prototype drone kicked into high gear after six students drowned in the Caspian Sea this past July.

The robot is capable of dropping floating rings to multiple drowning victims during a single “mission”. In its intended usage scenario, the drone would provide quick relief to a trouble swimmer by dropping flotation rings, thus allowing the human rescuer to swim to the scene to provide further assistance without being hindered [en route] by the rescue devices.
The flying drone can stay aloft for 10 minutes and has a maximum speed of 10 m/s. The design of the drone gives it a useful range of 4.5 km.
More importantly, the designers are touting their rescue drone as superior alternative to a human lifeguard. In recent testing, a person that was “simulating drowning” 75 meters from the coastline was rescued by a human lifeguard in 91 seconds. However, the Pars drone was able to accomplish the feat in 22 seconds.

Sources: RTS Ideas,

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By deltaend on 11/13/2013 1:44:31 PM , Rating: 2
I'm just imagining a 30lbs flotation ring falling from a height of 100ft onto my head while I was drowning. Of course, if the drone drops it too far away, I might not be able to get to it either.

Ideally, the drone could be designed to drop a flotation device from the air near the person, then drag it near the person. Once the person grabs on, the drone could tow the person to shore. If the drone needs more power, it could land on the water and convert to boat mode.

RE: Ouch!
By CubicleDilbert on 11/14/2013 9:23:57 AM , Rating: 2
The drone has not enough power to drag a person.
But it could drop the floating device which would be hooked up to a fishing line. By flying back to shore the line unwinds and the baywatch crew can simply use a fishing rod and pull the victim to shore.
That would be very feasible and Pam's new hair wouldn't even get wet. Hell, they even would have to leave their outlook platform. ;-D

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