16 Dec DRONES PATROLLING BEACHES IN NORTHERN NSW FOR START OF HOLIDAYS – TIMES
Drones to help lifesavers spot sharks for start of School holidays in Northern NSW
Date – Saturday, December 17
Times – 9 am to 5 pm
Beaches – Lighthouse and Shelly Beaches, Ballina
Surf Life Saving NSW and the Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drones will be carrying out additional aerial surveillance as part of volunteer beach patrols this weekend in some of the shark hotspots in northern NSW.
The Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drones will be used to assist volunteers patrolling at Evans Head, Lighthouse Beach (Ballina) and Lennox Head this weekend in time for the start of the NSW school holidays. The drones will give lifesavers extra eyes in the sky, delivering live vision back to the beach and alerting lifesavers to any hazards such as sharks, people caught in rip currents or surfers in distress.
“We hope this will give beach goers some extra reassurance and peace of mind,” said Surf Life Saving NSW Operations Manager Andy Kent. “Along with lifesavers on the beach, having the drone in the air feeding vision back down to the beach means we can cover a greater area and alert people to any hazards we might be able to see,” said Andy Kent.
CEO of the Little Ripper Group, Eddie Bennet said, “We are here to help guard the safety of swimmers along Australian beaches this summer, thanks to Westpac, and were glad to step in at short notice to help Surf Life Saving NSW.”