Beaches in the Costa del Sol are using drone lifeguards to save swimmers in difficulty.

Estepona council is preparing to accept visitors again after the coronavirus pandemic, in the Spanish province of Malaga.

They have announced that the region’s lifeguard service will be reinforced with the use of drones.

Councillor Susana Aragon says the drones will be able to carry up to two life vests to swimmers spotted struggling in the water.

Meanwhile, the drone operators will be positioned on the beach and the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) should reach any struggling swimmers faster than normal.

After dropping a life vest to someone in danger, the flotation device will inflate automatically on contact with the water, according to reports.

Aragon said it is the first time such technology has been used on the beaches in Estepona and that they will only be called upon when necessary.

The drones will bolster the lifeguard service

She added that the drones are strong and stable and can even operate in high winds.

A video of a drone in action was shared on social media by the mayor, Jose Maria Garcia Urbano.

Carlos Poveda, CEO of Umiles Group, the company working alongside the city council on the project, said that the drones can reach a distance of 300 metres (984 feet) in between 30 and 50 seconds.

Councillor Susana Aragon says the drones will be able to carry up to two life vests to swimmers spotted struggling in the water

In 2018 a drone was used to rescue two teenagers from rough seas off the northern coast of New South Wales in Australia.

Lifeguards were piloting the new technology when they received a distress signal.

They deployed the drone to search for the struggling swimmers and footage relayed back to the lifeguards showed two youths in distress.

The drone released a flotation device and saved their lives.