Rescue drone saves two boys from drowning on its first day in service


Imagine being in the ocean, trapped in a swell some 700 meters from shore. Suddenly a yellow package drops out of the sky as if sent by a god, hits the water next to you and expands into a flotation device.

That was the experience of two unlucky, then lucky teenage boys off the coast of Lennox Head in Australia last week. Someone spotted the boys in distress and called it in, but the nearest lifeguard station was a kilometer away. Just that morning, however, Lennox Head had brought their new lifesaving drone into service.

What a great story. I was caught in a small rip when I was in Australia last month and it was all kinds of terrifying.

  • One of the better uses for a drone I’ve seen yet. Thanks for posting this.

  • The Cappy

    “… and it was all kinds of terrifying.” Yeah, I’m with you on that.

  • Remember when these were called remote control helicopters? Devices like the Little Ripper used here are largely the same, it’s the thinking about how they’re used that has changed.

  • Wow, pats on the back all around. 🙂

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  • James Hughes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ”

    That’s great. What a perfect use case for a drone. Wow.

  • Mo