Moment lifeguard drone drops vest into sea off Valencia beach where boy, 14, struggles against powerful waves
- A drone watched over swimmers off the coast of Valencia in eastern Spain.
- His handlers saw a 14-year-old boy struggling in the ocean amid stormy waves
- Using a drone, they dropped a life jacket and helped the boy swim to safety.
- Soon after, he was successfully picked up by lifeguards who used jet skis.
A pioneering drone lifeguard service launched on Spanish beaches this month saved the life of a 14-year-old boy as he struggled against a powerful wave off the coast of Valencia, its operators said.
The drone dropped a life jacket into the sea that kept the young man afloat as he sank beneath the waves, until a physical lifeguard team arrived moments later.
“When we got there, we saw that one child was in very bad shape, with almost no energy to float, so I sent a life vest,” Miguel Angel Pedrero, drone pilot at General Drones, Technology The supplying firm. , told Reuters.
‘It was a tricky maneuver due to the heavy waves, but we eventually managed to get him a life jacket and he was able to swim until lifeguards got to him by jet ski.’
The pioneering drone service is credited with saving the life of a 14-year-old boy on a beach in Valencia (pictured) and has been rolled out across Spain’s beaches.
Valencia-based General Drones began assisting Spanish lifeguard staff in 2017 in the town of Saganto, just north of Valencia.
Now, it has more than 30 pilots and their drones working with lifeguards on 22 beaches in Spain, quickly reacting to potential drownings in critical moments before lifeguards physically arrive on the scene. Provide process support.
“These extra seconds are critical in some cases and allow rescue teams to approach the person more calmly and carefully,” Pedrero added.
After being rescued, the 14-year-old, who has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital after being administered oxygen by ambulance personnel. He was discharged after 24 hours.
A total of 140 people have died from accidental drowning in Spain in the first six months of 2022.
According to the Royal Spanish Life Saving and Rescue Federation, this figure represents an increase of 55 percent compared to the same period in 2021.