Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The New Eye in Our Skies Drones Give Glimpse into Future Rescues; Future Comes to Yamba with First Use of Rescue Drones

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The New Eye in Our Skies Drones Give Glimpse into Future Rescues; Future Comes to Yamba with First Use of Rescue Drones

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Byline: Clair Morton Clair.Morton@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE future of surf life saving has arrived in Yamba, with the first test run of Westpac's Little Ripper Rescue drones at Monday's Yamba Ocean Swims.

Two years from now they will be providing a new perspective for every surf life saving club in Australia.

That's according to Operations Director for Westpac Little Ripper Ben Trollope, who told The Daily Examiner he thought drones would soon be fully integrated into local operations, greatly assisting with shark surveillance and enhancing rescue capabilities at patrolled beaches.

"Essentially it means more eyes, more places, more often," he said.

To show the Clarence Valley exactly how these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) would be useful in a rescue operation, a public demonstration was held by surf lifesavers and drone operators at Main Beach this week.

Zooming out from the car park, the drone sped to the swimmer's location, where it dropped an inflatable for the 'patient' to latch onto. …

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