EU drones could drop life rafts to migrants in the Mediterranean Sea

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Raft-dropping drones are soon to assist with rescues at sea. The European Maritime Safety Agency has granted a contract worth 30 million for uncrewed aircraft that will patrol European waters. Remotely piloted aircraft will launch a rescue raft that can carry eight people. Although it could be used for rescue of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea, critics fear that the drones could also be used to discourage marine migration.

The four-year contract was announced by EMSA on 14 October, in conjunction with the REACT consortium.