Drones searching for migrants along Hastings coastline

Drones will be scouring the coast at Hastings for migrants attempting to cross The Channel, it has been revealed.

Friday, 6th December 2019, 1:03 pm
Updated Friday, 6th December 2019, 1:14 pm

Remotely-piloted aircraft will be flying in airspace stretching from Eastbourne to Maidstone in Kent.

The new scheme, said to be for ‘the purpose of national security and protecting human life’, was launched on December 2 and will continue until March 31, 2020.

Due to this exercise, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has put in a temporary Danger Area over the English Channel at the Home Office’s request.

Drones will be monitoring the Hastings coastline for migrant boats

This is because the drones will be operating beyond visual line of sight and have no detect and avoid capabilities – according to a report by the CAA.

The Home Office has been contacted for further information.

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A map ofwhere the drones will be flying, by the CAA SUS-190612-112752001