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Surveillance improved by drone

0 Comments 25 November 2015

Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club enters the drone zone 

Drone surf life saving Karekare“Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club is trialing the use of a surveillance drone to improve rescue response times and help keep people safe in the water.

The drone will be used to fly over areas that need to be searched to establish what other resources are needed for potential rescue operations. It will also help surf lifesavers keep an eye on swimmers and alert them when people swim outside patrolled areas.

Information from the drone trial will add to research being carried out in Australia, where drones have been used to great success by surf lifesavers.

Another pair of eyes

Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club’s patrol captain, Matt Wade, says the club is delighted with the drone.

“It won’t take away the need for rescue craft and lifeguards but it will give us another pair of excellent eyes where it really counts,” he says.”

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