Clare beach lifeguards take to the skies with drones

Software firm teams up with Clare council to trial drone patrols at Spanish Point beach

An Irish software start-up has teamed up with Clare County Council to trial the use of drone technology for automated beach patrols for the first time in Ireland.

The partnership will see DroneSAR – developers of a new drone search and rescue app – allow lifeguards to quickly deploy drones as their first response to monitor those in distress.

DroneSAR’s flight-planning software allows drones to scan large areas from above, reduce risk to search and rescue personnel, shorten search times, and ultimately save lives.

The new partnership will see lifeguards in Spanish Point beach equipped with drones and the DroneSAR software.


DroneSAR will provide the drones and Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) drone instructors to supervise the drone flights in the early stages. Drones will be flown within the bounds of the IAA drone regulations.