CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – The Horry County Police Department hopes two new drones will help with beach rescues this summer.
The department just bought two new drones to use for beach patrol, but officers can’t use them yet because of stalled paperwork that has to travel through the Federal Aviation Administration.
Officers hope the drones will act as their eyes in the sky, and Captain Jason Freer says these new tools have the potential to save lives.
“We often have officers that are called to the beach for debris or something, or an object out in the ocean that are asking officers to go check on it,” says Freer. “It might be a person or something to that effect.”
Currently, when officers are called to any type of beach rescue or assistance, they must