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World’s first drone rescue happens in Australia
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on January 19, 2018 12:01AM

An innovative rescue is being touted as the world’s first of its kind: A drone operated by a lifeguard at Lennox Head, Australia, not only saved two swimmers who were in trouble by dropping an inflatable pod to them — which they were able to use to get safely back to shore — it filmed the entire event, the BBC reports (

Better yet, the drone was able to reach the swimmers in 70 seconds; it would have taken a lifeguard at least six minutes. Screen shots of the rescue are courtesy of

“The Little Ripper UAV certainly proved itself today,” Jai Sheridan, who piloted the device, told the Sydney Morning Herald, “it is an amazingly efficient piece of lifesaving equipment, and a delight to fly.”


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