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Prevention and water rescue with the help of drones at waters of the Lausitz region

Drowning is one of the most common causes of unintentional injury-related death worldwide. Around 85 percent of all victims in Germany drowned in inland waters in 2021, according to the German Lifesaving Society (DLRG). The alerting and location of emergencies in water pose special challenges for the rescue chain.

With the help of drones, people in distress can usually be spotted more quickly and rescue resources sent more rapidly than by helicopters, boats or lifeguards. Water rescue by means of drone support thus becomes a valuable component of the rescue chain.


a solution for drone-based water rescue


of rescue forces with the help of automated drones by providing mission control centers with precise data


of new procedures to safely integrate autonomous rescue flights into the airspace

Project duration

Project start: January 2022
Project end: December 2023

The goal

RescueFly intends to develop and deploy decentralized - in modern and technically advanced drone garages - stationed drones (so-called Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS), which are connected online with a rescue center and equipped with adequate sensor technology, to support water rescue in difficult to access and extensive areas. An exemplary area of application is the Lusatian lake landscape, in particular the lakes Geierswalder See and Partwitzer See, which are located in the federal states of Brandenburg and Saxony.

The implementation

RescueFly develops alerting and AI elements for image recognition and flight mission optimization. The mission is to be simulated in a virtual
environment in order to analyze location of drone garages and flight trajectories of the drone to the mission points for different scenarios and to optimize them in an automated way. The aim is to contribute to shortening the rescue time in water rescue by locating casualties on the water surface with the help of the autonomous drone and navigating rescue forces to the casualty with pinpoint accuracy.

Our contribution

Droniq ensures the safe and automated integration of the UAS into the airspace during autonomous rescue flights. For this purpose, it used the traffic management system for drones (UTM), which it distributes and which was developed by DFS and is also made available to the rescue control centers.

Project partner

Björn Steiger Foundation (BSS)

Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS)

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg

Droniq GmbH

Dresden University of Technology

Chemnitz University of Technology


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