Over 20 new generation drones will patrol 11 city beaches this summer. The small quadrocopters are capable of flying over the water basins in several minutes and transmitting images to the tablets of on duty rescuers. Drones will help them to promptly find the drowning, unattended children and those who start fires in forbidden locations.
“This is the first time we are using drones to monitor swimming places on such a large scale. The first drone was tested in Moscow over the Moskva River in 2017. The experiment was a success. Today, drones help us assess fire risks in forests in the summer, find mushroom pickers who get lost and do many other things,” said an Emergencies Ministry spokesperson at the Main Directorate for Moscow.
Rescuers are also going to involve at least 10 volunteer canine handlers with specially trained dogs in the patrolling of beaches. The dogs of the following brands will be on duty: Newfoundland, Labrador Retriever, Leon Berger and Golden Retriever. The dogs have undergone special training and have a cytological rescuer card. They have a lot of stamina and are easygoing.
Dogs will wear orange vests equipped with a special handle. They can easily bring a drowning person to the riverbank when he/she holds onto this handle. Rescuers plan to use dogs on the weekends when many more people will relax on river banks. For the most part, the dogs will be on duty on the beaches of Stroginskaya Poima and the Levoberezhnaya search-and-rescue station.
Places monitored by drones:
Northern Administrative Area:
— Large Garden (Sadovy) Pond (38a Bolshaya Akademicheskaya Ulitsa)
— Levoberezhny Beach (5-7 Pribrezhny Proyezd)
Eastern Administrative Area:
— Lake Beloye (2-6 Zaozyornaya Street)
Southwestern Administrative Area:
— Troparyovo recreation area (12 Akademika Vinogradova Street)
Western Administrative Area:
— Meshcherskoye (5-31 Voskresenskaya Street)
Northwestern Administrative Area:
— Serebryany Bor (Silver Forest)--2 (44 Tamanskaya Street)
—Serebryany Bor--3 (15 4th line of Khoroshevsky Serebryany Bor)
— Stroginskaya Poima (Tallinskaya Street, Strogino Armlet of the Moskva River)
Zelenograd Administrative Area:
— Large City Pond (Tsentralny Prospekt, Zelenograd)
— Lake Chernoye ( 6th residential neighbourhood, Zelenograd)
— Lake Shkolnoye ( 10th residential neighbourhood, Zelenograd)
From 1 June to 1 September, 118 recreation areas will be open in Moscow near the water: 11 swimming places, 45 non-swimming places and 62 recreation areas by the water. These areas will be open every day from 9 am to 9 pm. Visitors will have access to children’s and sports grounds, as well as mini-football fields, rent-a-boat, catamaran and bike stations.