On Thursday, two teenage boys got caught in a nearly 10-foot swell almost half a mile off the coast of New South Wales, along Australia’s southeastern edge. When the distress call came in Lifeguards were in the process of testing out a new piece of tech, a drone from Little Ripper Life Saver. They deployed the drone, which swiftly spotted the two swimmers. The drone then dropped a flotation device to the duo, who were able to swim and hang onto it. They were then able to swim successfully to shore themselves.
The entire operation took 70 seconds. Normally, such a rescue — with lifeguards swimming out to the stranded individuals — would take around six minutes. This was the first time this kind of technology has been used to save swimmers battling the waves.