Drone de­liv­ery to watch over swim­mers

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.”

Pic­ture: Trevor Col­lens

West­pac's Sue Carter with drone pilot Gor­don McCabe.

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