Lifeguard drone in Australia saves two boys from drowning

Written on 01/25/2018
AJ Torres

Could this be a new use case for drones? On its first day of use, the "little ripper" a purpose-built drone for lifeguards saved two swimmers by dropping a floatation device to the distressed victims off the coast of Lennox Head in Australia.  As the pilot pointed out, “I was able to launch it, fly it to the location, and drop the pod all in about one to two minutes...” lifeguard supervisor Jai Sheridan told reporters. This represents huge time savings, as it has been estimated that it would have taken a lifeguard 6 minutes to swim out to the victims in a traditional manner. While drones have been used in search and recuse before, this event is being coined as the first lifesaving water rescue by drone.