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.