It’s a race against time for a lifeguard trying to rescue a swimmer in trouble—a race perhaps a life preserver-carrying drone can win.

During a demonstration Thursday, it took 22-seconds for a drone to get to a swimmer, but it didn’t drop the ring, it kept going, dropping the ring further away. Twenty seconds later the lifeguard arrived.

Fire Chief of Pompano Beach Fire, John Jurgle, explained to CBS4’s Ted Scouten that drones aren’t replacements for lifeguards, but may be used to assist them when attempting to save someone’s life.

“We will always use a lifeguard but we’re testing the feasibility of using a drone,” Chief Jurgle.

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