12 Dec WESTPAC LITTLE RIPPER LENDS A HAND IN SEARCH FOR MISSING FISHERMAN
December 11, 2016 ABC NEWS TV – Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra
New South Wales surf lifesavers have used a drone for the first time in their second day of search for a fisherman swept from rocks in Sydney’s east. They hoped the technology will cover more ground and reduce the risk to rescuers in challenging conditions.
Ben Trollope, Operations Director for Westpac Little Ripper, says drones have been used in shark spot patrols and they can drop essential life-saving equipment like a 2m inflatable that expands when it hits the water.
Surf Lifesaving NSW’s John Restuccia says the agency eventually wanted these drones available at every branch, training its members in how to use them.