MCA using drones to improve coastal monitoring

Drones are going to be used to carry out time critical, reactive search and rescue, and international counter pollution obligations across the country’s waters.

“This ground-breaking project could mean that our fantastic search and rescue teams, who save lives 24 hours a day, seven days a week, can cover a wider search area, pick up more incidents and tend to these quickly and safely, ” explained Transport Minister Rachael Maclean MP explained, “Going beyond search and rescue, the project will also help teams to quickly spot and tackle pollution, protecting our valuable marine environment.”

The Maritime and Coastal Agency’s Drone Demonstration and Development Pathfinder will trial the safe use of drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight. It’s managed by the Connected Places Catapult.


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