Spain to tackle sunburnt sunbathers
Spanish resorts are piloting a scheme that will see drones alert sunbathers at risk of burning whilst patrolling their most popular sunspot beaches.
The unmanned aircraft which are equipped with sensors to monitor dangerously high skin temperature will alert the manned lifeguard station where the lifeguard will be dispatched to inform the unaware ray lover to cream-up or get out!!
The pioneering initiative has been designed to protect individuals who have failed to apply sufficient suntan lotion or have simply fallen asleep and risk sun burn and will save-pasty faced northern European holidaymakers from turning a nasty shade of lobster.
"We have also come up with a prototype drone that could emit a warning signal when it detects a sunbather at risk of burning before hovering low over the individual to emit a squirt of full factor suncream, " said Fernando Bufón, an engineer at Antilangosta Drone Technology which is running the pilot scheme in collaboration with Spain's Coastal Services Department.
The public health coordinator on the Costa Brava insisted such a measure could not only save the skin of hundreds of tourists to Spain each year but would also lower public healthcare costs.
The scheme will be tested on beaches across Spain, including those in Lloret de Mar, Benalmadena and Calpe starting on April 1st () before being pushed out globally.
Last summer lifeguard drones equipped with rubber floats were introduced at beaches saving vital minutes in the rescue of stricken bathers.