Unpiloted aircraft to save Muscovites from drowning
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Unpiloted aircraft to save Muscovites from drowning

21 Jul, 03:43 PM

The Russian Emergencies Ministry has announced that it is developing a plan to use drones to patrol the Moscow rivers for swimmers in distress, Vedomosti newspaper reports. There has been a sharp increase in drowning incidents in Moscow this summer.

The 15 riverside beaches (out of 50) where swimming is officially permitted in Moscow are closely patrolled, and lifeguards have saved 139 people since the season began on June 1. Unfortunately, 28 people have drowned in the city in the same period. All of them were swimming in areas not designated for that activity. Alcohol was a factor in most of the incidents and many of them occurred in the evening hours. A total of 44 people have drowned in Moscow since the beginning of the year.

Beach usage in Moscow has almost doubled this year, as families cut back on entertainment expenses and spend more of their vacation time in the city. Other safety measures have been proposed, RBC writes, such as the mandatory use of flotation devices. But it is not possible for lifeguards to patrol all of the city’s beaches, especially after dark.

Moscow is traversed by the Moscow and the Yauza Rivers.

Tags: Moscow River, economic crisis

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