Drone rescues two swimmers in Australia

ANI | Updated: Jan 19, 2018 04:14 IST

Canberra [Australia], Jan 19 (ANI): Two teenage boys have been rescued by a brand new lifesaving drone off the coast of New South Wales in Australia.

The drone spotted two teenagers in trouble around a half-a-mile out from shore, and then dropped a flotation device it carries, the local media reported.

This drone which was engaged in a pilot project to test its viability, actually was not supposed to be saving anyone just yet.

This training exercise was designed to get lifeguard staff familiar with the so-called "Little Ripper" drone, which is part of the NSW government's $16 million plan to help mitigate the risk of shark attacks.

"The Little Ripper UAV certainly proved itself today, it is an amazingly efficient piece of lifesaving equipment and a delight to fly," Lifeguard supervisor Jai Sheridan said.

According to the reports, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro stated, "It's quite incredible to see that the NSW Government's investment in this technology has already resulted in two people having their lives saved."

The drone's camera also recorded the whole rescue.(ANI)