BELMAR, N.J. (CBS) — Lifeguards in Belmar, New Jersey are testing out a drone to one day assist in lifesaving efforts.READ MORE: Cherry Hill School District Psychologist Francesca Aldrich Helping Inspire, Connect Students Through Virtual Black History Month Book Club
The town of Belmar has partnered with Rutgers University to tweak how drone-assisted rescues will work.
In the future, a lifeguard could send the drone out carrying an inflatable vest.READ MORE: Mr. Potato Head Drops 'Mister' From Brand Name To Be More Gender Neutral
“We found that the drone can get out to a person about one minute faster than say a lifeguard who is having to battle through a heavy surf,” Dr. Hugh Roarty of Rutgers University.
Once the drone reaches the swimmer, the vest is dropped.
The whole thing is designed to buy lifeguards more time.MORE NEWS: Radnor School District Moves To Phase 1 Of COVID Plan, Full School Days For Kindergarten-5th Graders Begin Monday
The drone will also be tested as a walkie-talkie, allowing rescuers on shore to communicate with swimmers in the water.