The German Red Cross has announced that it will now be using drones equipped with Restube technology at its Mecklenburg-Vorpommern base.
The pilot project will see 15 drones equipped with the Restube buoyancy device. Restube says that the service already has 20 drone pilots in training, and is expecting other rescue organisations to follow.
The news comes soon after surflife, an Australia-based rescue service, announced that it had been able to rescue two teenage swimmers using the technology. A surflife team was training with its drones near Lennox Head, New South Wales (NSW), when it spotted two swimmers around 700m out to sea. A Restube device was quickly dropped to the 15 and 17-year-old boys. They were then able to swim to shore safely.
The Deputy Premiere of NSW spoke about the rescue, saying: “Never before has a drone fitted with a flotation device been used to rescue swimmers like this.”
Restube hopes that this kind of lifesaving technology will become part of everyday life.