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Drone saves two Australian swimmers in world first
It’s no longer surprising to see drones flying in the sky to take photos or videos, or do surveillance. They provide real-time aerial views of places, events, or incidents conveniently and effortlessly. They can also carry items for delivery. You might have heard that online retailers or shipping companies are testing drones to deliver parcels to the doorstep.
But beyond such convenience, drones can be used to save people. For example, no matter how fast a lifeguard swims to reach a drowning person, it takes longer than flying. Since there are a lot of swimmers, divers, and surfers, as well as sharks, in New South Wales in Australia, the state government recently invested on a fleet of drones to spot sharks, deliver flotation pods and alarm people in the water. Sounds like a progressive move, but it turned out to be practical and useful. Just recently, while a lifeguard flying one of those rescue drones, he was notified two young swimmers were struggling in heavy surf about 700 meters offshore. Then he immediately flew the drone to the site, dropped a flotation pod to them only in a minute or two, which could have taken three times longer if a lifeguard had tried to reach there.
Enjoy reading the article and seeing the video of this real success story of a drone.
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