Lifeguards in Palanga, Lithuania's Baltic Sea resort, will be using drones to police holidaymakers on the resort's busy beaches this summer.

The unmanned aerial vehicles will be able to broadcast sound messages about dangers at sea and discipline unruly holidaymakers.

Palanga lifeguards first tested drones last summer.

"These devices helped us a lot. For example, finding a lost children in a crowded beach is difficult. We flew a drone, the mother was looking at the monitor - and we found the boy by the bridge," Palanga lifeguard service chief Jonas Pirožnikas has told 15min.lt.

Drones were also used to track intoxicated holidaymakers who were trying to escape lifeguards' attention.

Illegal sellers in beaches can also be tracked and disciplined using drones.

The service is now negotiating a purchase of several drones equipped with a sound system.

"The price is high, because we want quality equipment," Pirožnikas explains.

Lifeguards from Klaipėda and Neringa are also interested in making use of drones, he said.

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