Drone helps rescue two Australian swimmers

Beachgoers onshore raised the alarm to the lifeguards who then alerted the drone pilot and the aerial lifesaver was deployed in moments

Beachgoers onshore raised the alarm to the lifeguards who then alerted the drone pilot and the aerial lifesaver was deployed in moments

Lifeguards used a drone to rescue two teenagers from rough seas off the northern coast of New South Wales in Australia today (Jan. 18).

Two northern NSW teenagers today became the first swimmers worldwide to be rescued from risky surf conditions by lifesaving drone technology.

The pod, which is created to inflate when it hits water and extends into a three-metre long tube-shaped flotation device, then carried the swimmers on the waves back to shore.

Sheridan launched a Little Ripper drone to perform the rescue.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said that investment had paid off when the technology was used in the dramatic rescue.

Barilaro said the country invested $3,43,000 (Rs 2.1 crore) to develop the technology in December. Several drones have been created for rescue services so that they can be used in emergency situations to get help to those in need as soon as possible before first responders arrive.

The New South Wales government invested A$430,000 ($340,000) previous year in a fleet of drones to patrol for sharks in the northern beaches of the state.

At the same time, lifeguards were having a training session to familiarise themselves with the drones. A large wave manages to knock one of the teens off the device, but they're able to swim back to it before heading inland.

Both men were worn out but had escaped injury. It just over one minute for the drone to reach the swimmers, whereas it would have taken the lifeguards around six minutes.

Within two minutes the new drone located the boys, ages 15 and 17, and dropped an inflatable flotation device to them.

Trials of the lifeguard and shark spotting drones are ongoing across many beaches in Australia, with some tests due to complete in spring 2018.

"I'm just so happy that it was a really good outcome and these two boys were able to make it to shore safely", he said.

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