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World’s-first drone rescue saves two teen swimmers off beach in Australia

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“It took only 70 seconds from when the Little Ripper drone was launched to when it dropped the pod into the ocean for the rescue, a task that would usually take a lifeguard up to six minutes to complete,” said Ben Franklin, the Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, in an article posted by The Sydney Morning Herald.

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The drone was originally built to spot sharks, but its flotation device proved just how useful these types of UAVs can be for lifeguards. When We Talk UAV first covered the Little Ripper drone in 2016, the military-grade UAV was estimated to cost around $180,000. Regardless of its cost now, the lives it just saved makes the drone priceless.

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