Drone delivery to watch over swimmers
Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club’s job of watching over swimmers has been made a little easier after it took delivery of a drone.
The rescue drone program is the nation’s first approach to surf rescue using innovative drone technology, giving surf lifesavers more eyes in the sky thanks to a partnership between Westpac and Surf Life Saving Australia.
The drone equips lifesavers with accurate aerial vision and surveillance technology and can be rapidly deployed to relay vision with pin- point accuracy to help spot
rips, marine creatures and distressed swimmers.
Westpac regional general manager Amy Davidson said Westpac was proud to support the evolution of search and rescue services at Secret Harbour.
“The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drone program is another way we’re helping local communities and supporting our surf lifesavers who work hard to keep our beaches safe during the busy patrol period,” she said.
“Families can now enjoy their time at the beach knowing this innovative technology will help to spot rips, distressed swimmers and potential hazards in the water.”
Westpac's Sue Carter with drone pilot Gordon McCabe.