Tourists heading to the golden beaches along the Veneto coast of northern Italy could glimpse a Baywatch-style exercise this summer, as rescue drones are deployed along the shoreline.

The Apollo 4 drone was shown on Levante beach last week in the first European trial of a scheme to deliver life-saving defibrillators to coastal spots more quickly.

“There are areas that are not covered by defibrillators, so there will be more places that can be reached as soon as possible with these machines,” said Mattia Quarta, a local paramedic.

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