Drone rescues swimmers off surfing beach in Australia

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Drones used to spot sharks on Australian beaches

John Barilaro, the state's deputy premier, praised the rescue as historic.

The rescue with the drone took only 70 seconds, whereas a lifeguard rescue would have taken about six minutes, according to Northern NSW Parliamentary Secretary Ben Franklin, Fox News reported.

Two northern NSW teenagers today became the first swimmers worldwide to be rescued from unsafe surf conditions by lifesaving drone technology. Australian officials say that never before has a drone rescued swimmers by dropping a life preserver down to them.

"This is a world first rescue", he told reporters.

"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", he said.




Twitter users were wowed by the drone technology.

Using the drone called "Little Ripper", Sheridan was able to not only identify the location of the swimmers, but also remotely drop a rescue pod into the water.

A bystander alerted lifeguards to the two teens, who were swimming in powerful surf about a kilometre north of the flags at Lennox Head's Main Beach.

Image caption New South Wales has invested in drones to help spot sharks and rescue swimmers or surfers in trouble (file picture) Image copyright NSW government Image caption After grabbing the rescue pod the boys were able to swim back to shore - exhausted but otherwise unharmed.

The pair were uninjured during the ordeal. Within two minutes of being launched the drone had found the teenagers and dropped a life-saving flotation pod to them.

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