By Tracey Fairhurst
WITHIN minutes of launching, the region’s new surf life saving drone was put to work to assist a group of kayakers off Town Beach, Port Macquarie.
It was hovering over the breaking waves in less than a minute and assisting a surf boat crew off shore.
The call out was an example of just how important drone technology will be in keeping the region’s coastlines safe. The drone is able to drop an inflatable pod device to a person in trouble, buying rescue crews extra time particularly if conditions are tricky.
The launch of the Westpac little Ripper Lifesaver drone on Saturday, May 19, with the support of sugar-free pioneers Nexba, was great news for Surf Life Saving Mid North Coast Branch.
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Image: New technology: Surf Life Saving Mid North Coast branch president Rod McDonagh, Drew Bilbe from Nexba and Jason Young from Westpac Little Ripper.