Experimental Rescue Drone Successfully Drops Flotation Device To Two Stranded Swimmers

January 19, 2018

This is the onboard video from a Little Ripper UAV that's currently being tested as a lifesaving device on Australian beaches. In the video, the drone successfully drops a floatation device to two swimmers who got stranded in the rough surf at Lennox Head in New South Wales, Australia. In lifeguard supervisor Jai Sheridan's own words while I beat my roommate with a pool noodle while he tries to shower before a date:

The Little Ripper UAV certainly proved itself today, it is an amazingly efficient piece of lifesaving equipment and a delight to fly. I was able to launch it, fly it to the location, and drop the pod all in about one to two minutes. On a normal day that would have taken our lifeguards a few minutes longer to reach the members of the public.

Hey, whatever saves lives. Although I was going to suggest instead of a flotation device it drops a bucket full of fish guts to chum the water and attract sharks, but I suppose this works too. It's just not as good as my idea, which was brilliant and would have made a fortune from all the sharks on Shark Tank. "You do realize they're not ACTUAL sharks, right?" Haha, what?

Keep going for the whole video.

Thanks again to Lucinda, who, for two tips in a row on a Friday afternoon, is cordially invited to happy hour. "I'm so honored." I thought you might be. Now can you give them a credit card to start a tab?

  • roseann

    I really need to find out the story behind that gif. LOL

  • brettw

    I thought that looked like Tim, but I didn't want to admit to myself that I knew what Tim looked like in a speedo.

  • PhillipM

    This is much more useful than my "Thoughts and Prayers" drone.

  • ethan

    Sorry, a drone in a swimsuit running down the beach in slow motion just doesn't do it for me.

  • Jenness

    I wonder how long it took for them to realize it wasn't some douchebag drone pilot wanting to capture their deaths for YouTube and something meant to save them?

  • faruq

    Sorry, a drone in a swimsuit running down the beach in slow motion just doesn't do it for me.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    This is much more useful than my "Thoughts and Prayers" drone.

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  • pukoh

    Survival of the fittest. You can’t swim, don’t go to the beach

  • The_Wretched

    Being a good swimmer will not save you from a riptide.

  • Bling Nye

    Sorry, a drone in a swimsuit running down the beach in slow motion just doesn't do it for me.

  • Jenness

    I really need to find out the story behind that gif. LOL

  • Jenness

    OMG is that the clip??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH You are the Empress of Google Search!! *bows*

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    I thought that looked like Tim, but I didn't want to admit to myself that I knew what Tim looked like in a speedo.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Backstory : Water came, effeminate guy was having none of it.

    My pleasure.

  • Jenness

    Well that was concise.

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