Robomedic? This Drone Might've Just Saved A Life

Randolph Lopez
January 19, 2018

The rescue comes as Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair announced in December an additional $430,000 of funding for the drone initiative as part of a trial to expand patrols into the state's far north.

An unmanned drone was used to rescue two Australian swimmers Thursday while lifeguards on the beach trained with the device on the first day they had it. "Never before has a drone fitted with a flotation device been used to rescue swimmers like this", he said.

"It's quite incredible to see that the NSW Government's investment in this technology has already resulted in two people having their lives saved", he said.

The call for help just so happened to have sounded as a group of nearby lifeguards were undergoing training in the use of drones.

The lifeguards about a kilometer away deployed the drone after being alerted by the teens' friends.

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Image caption New South Wales has invested in drones to help spot sharks and rescue swimmers or surfers in trouble (file picture) Image copyright NSW government Image caption After grabbing the rescue pod the boys were able to swim back to shore - exhausted but otherwise unharmed.

The swimmers were able to cling onto it and make their own way to shore where they were met by Lennox Head lifeguards.

Lifeguards in Australia made history by using a drone to rescue two swimmers caught in a riptide.

Westpac Little Ripper CEO, Eddie Bennet, said the drone technology has been three years in development to enable the world first drone rescue.

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