while lifeguards trained with a new drone, off the coast of lennox head, australia, a distress signal went out. 70 seconds later, the little ripper had located two teenagers treading-water and dropped them a floatation device, saving their lives (see footage taken from the drone’s camera above).

little ripper drone
all images courtesy of little ripper



the float carried the fatigued teens back to shore, who were uninjured apart from the exhaustion of treading water. the real hero of the day was a machine, packed with propellers, emergency kits, a 2 and a half long battery life,  GPS beacons, and a camera to search and record. the westpac little ripper drone was visiting lennox head, acquainting itself with lifeguards in order to test out the implementation of a new shark-spotting-strategy. in addition, two lives were saved on january 18, 2018.

little ripper drone
the westpac little ripper drone can carry inflatable and distribute inflatable rafts, GPS beacons, and more

  • This is 2018 the future is now

    Miracle Emmanuel says:
  • This is such an encouraging use of technology that could lead to a variety of similar applications. Thanks for sharing the story!

    lyt says:
  • Let us wish that such devices and technology can take lead role in disaster or crisis management in the near future.

    Dr UN Nandakumar says:

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