First Time Ever Lifeguard-Controlled Drone Rescues Struggling Swimmers

Helping validate the more than $430,000 investment in drone technology by the New South Wales government last December, the first reported drone rescue at sea took place just this week in Australia.

According to media reports, a bystander saw two male swimmers, aged 16 and 17 having trouble off the coast of Lennox Head, near Byron Bay in northern NSW and called the lifeguards for help. 2017 NSW Lifeguard of the Year, Jai Sheridan, made a quick decision to put a newly-implemented lifeguard drone into the air to initiate the rescue.

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