Thursday 17 October, 2019

WATCH: Lifeguard uses drone to save boys

Two teenage boys sucked out to sea by a rip tide have been saved from drowning by a drone, in a world first.

Monty Greenslade, 16 and Gabe Vidler, 17, were spotted struggling in rough surf off Lennox Head in Australia’s New South Wales on Thursday morning.

The pair had been pulled out by strong rips and were trapped behind high waves which were not easily accessible by boat.

But lifeguards were able to save the teenagers by using a drone to locate them and drop them an inflatable rescue device within 35 seconds of lift-off.

The pair then used the flotation device to swim back to shore and were unharmed from their ordeal.

Eddie Bennet, CEO of Westpac Little Ripper group which made the drones, said the technology had been in development for three years.

The rescue, he said, “clearly illustrates the benefit of this cutting edge technology in such a time-critical emergency situation”.

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