Drone rescues teens stranded in ocean

Drone rescues teens stranded in ocean

A drone came to two Australian teenage boys' rescue on Thursday when they were caught in risky waves - the world's first rescue by the unmanned aircraft that was caught on camera.

An unmanned drone was used to rescue two Australian swimmers Thursday while lifeguards on the beach trained with the device on the first day they had it.

Coincidentally, lifeguards on the beach were undergoing a training session with the drone at the time and once the boys were spotted, lifeguard Jai Sheridan chose to put his training into action. Both swimmers, aged between 15 and 17, used the flotation device to return to shore through 2,300 feet of strong waves, according to the BBC.

New South Wales announced its use of the drones in December, saying in a statement that the government spent more than $340,000 on the new technology. The duo were exhausted but didn't suffer any injuries as a result of their ordeal.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the rescue proved the trial had paid off. The clip then shows the drone drop the bright-yellow rescue device, which self-inflates when it hits the water.

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Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Service chair Tim Jago said they had been testing drones for two summers, but had not used the technology for rescues. Ben Franklin, parliamentary secretary for Northern New South Wales, said the whole process only took 70 seconds, compared to the six minutes it usually takes a lifeguard to rescue swimmers.

"I'm just so happy that it was a really good outcome and these two boys were able to make it to shore safely", he said.

Westpac Little Ripper is calling it "the world-first drone rescue".

Artificial intelligence is being developed using thousands of images captured by a drone camera to build an algorithm that can identify different ocean objects.

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