Los Angeles, CA—Let me offer this lifesaving idea for the thousands of watercraft both large and small sailing the seas.
Drones are perfect as a backup to radar for observing watercraft in the area. Drones won’t be affected by watercraft power failures.
Additionally the drones can be sent up with special flashing emergency lights. Unlike sending up a flare drones can stay in the sky for extended periods of time.
The only real issue is educating boaters about recognizing the drone distress signal indicating a boating emergency.