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Paraplegic’s saving lives from beach

Daniel Trollope - Wheelchair Lifesaver - Cabarita Surf Life Saving Club, Cabarita Beach, New South Wales, Australia, Saturday, September 24, 2016. Daniel Trollope flying drone, simulated rescue demonstration with Westpac Mini Ripper Lifesaver and deploying the Little Ripper Marine Rescue Pod. (Photo by John Pryke for Little Ripper Group)

(Photo by John Pryke for Little Ripper Group)

Gold Coast Bulletin, Saturday, September 24, 2016

By Jack Houghton

Daniel Trollope was paralysed by a diving accident but today he will fulfill a lifelong ddrean when he patrols the beach as a surf life saver.

But he won’t be heading into the waves to save any struggling swimmers, he’ll be piloting a drone from the sands of Cababita Beach to co-ordinate rescue operations.

“It will carry a payload of flotation devices to allow those floundering to stay afloat until other surf lifesavers can get to them,” he said.

The father  of three, 34 lost the use of his legs at the age of 18 after suffering the bends while diving, leaving him in a wheelchair for life.

“I always wanted to fly helicopters but without the use of my legs that was neer going to happen,” Mr. Trollope said.

“You have dark days, everyone does I guess, but to be honest the only thing I’ve ever wanted was to help people. “

“I never thought I’d be able to call myself a surf lifesaver, and I guess I’m still not in the traditional sense, but it feels great to be able to help out.”

Today Mr. Trollope will patrol for the first time at Cabarita Beach in the north of NSW as Surf Life Saving Australia begins the new patrolling season. #littleripper #littleripperlifesaver

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