World first: Drone on rescue mission saves two young swimmers

In a first, Australian lifeguards used a drone fitted with a flotation device to save two teenage boys caught in dangerous waves off Far North Coast of New South Wales on Wednesday. A beachgoer saw the boys struggling in the waters and alerted lifeguards who were in the middle of a drone training session. Their chief Jai Sheridan piloted the drone called ‘Little Ripper’ toward the rescue site. Within 70 seconds, the drone was hovering over the boys and it dropped a self-inflating rescue pod into the water. The swimmers grabbed the floating tube and swam back ashore. John Barilaro, deputy premier of New South Wales, described the rescue as historic. According to Australia’s Royal Life Saving Society, the country has recorded 291 drowning deaths in the 12 months leading up to July 2017.