Drones May Make the Perfect Lifeguard, Help Safe Lives

The aerial vehicles could prove increasingly useful in search and rescue tasks.
2:44 | 05/20/15

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Back now at 7:41 with drones to the rescue. Fire departments and first responders are increasingly using these high-flying devices to save life. We'll show you something cool in a moment. First, Paula Faris is in spring lake, New Jersey, with a look at how droens are making the difference between life and death. Good morning, Paula. Reporter: Good morning, Lara. Drones are going many times where humans can't go. They're getting there faster and safer. They could be coming to a beach near you. There are over 70,000 rescues on coasts here in the U.S. ? from dropping lifelines in rushing flood waters to giving firefighters a critical view of massive wild fires, even locating lost hirks in the densest forests. You're going to hear a buzzen noise like a bunch of bees. I hear that. And it's back to my right. Reporter: Drones, now increasingly playing a vital role in the most dangerous situationsings helping to safe lives. They're the future of search and rescue. Reporter: This past weekend, a drone enabling rescue teams to drop a rescue line to this stranded couple caught in a rising flash flood. You could see things with this technology that cow can't see with the human eye from the ground. Reporter: And now this summer, you could see drones flying to the rescue of beachgoers caught in rip currents and water emergencies. Float-carrying drones are now being deployed in water rescue exercises, able to trave times faster than Michael Phelps, they'll be able to reach swim nrs distress a fraction of the time. While laws are still catching up, the FAA tells and allowances for unmanned aircraft serving in rescue operations are in place. They may start oferring over more and more shores across the country. The next wave is being tested right now in Connecticut. Project rip tide hoping to use droens to drop life rings to swimmers. Which, I think, will greatly increase survival rates for people. I definitely see droens being able to aid life guard IFS a way we never thought possible. Reporter: All right. So we're going to show you how this works. Right now, we have a distressed swimmer in the water about 100 yards out. We'll put this drone to the test against jack, a seasoned life guard. Whoever can reach the swimmer first wins. Are you ready? Is everybody ready to see this? All right, on your mark, get set, go. Okay. So, right now, jack seems to be tied with the drone. Once he hits the water, the drone appears to be reaching the distressed swimmer who is Joe, another life guard, and, he was there in roughly five seconds, you guys. You can see that jack, who has saved thousands of lives. He's a seasoned vet. He's a seasoned life guard and he's not halfway there yet. You can see how lifesaving a dren could be in this kind of situation. That's remarkable. What are the challenges of getting this out of prototype phase into the operational phase? Well, jack, another seasoned life guard, swimming to Joe, the life guards spoke to the designers and makers of the drone. They say this has a lot of potential. Today is a beautiful day. This is not a typical rescue operation. When they're rescuing swim nrs distress, it's under duress. Sand, rain, wind. The droens need to become more resilient to a real-life rescue operation. Thank you, Paula. Coming up next in our speed

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