The ‘Little Ripper’ was launched from Lennox Head near Brisbane earlier today (Thursday 18 January) as lifeguards were readying for a training session in the use of such drones in rescue scenarios.
When two teenagers were caught in a swell outside the safety flags, the drone flew out to the swimmers and dropped an inflatable ‘rescue pod’ and were pulled back to shore in just over a minute.
The rescue was a first for the remote-piloted mini aircraft that’s more commonly used to spot sharks off Brisbane’s popular beaches.
Drones have also been hailed as a potential revolution for coastal rescues in Ireland, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.
Drone used in rescue of teens sucked out to sea in Australia. pic.twitter.com/1BVpoQI0TA— RTÉ News (@rtenews) January 18, 2018