GOLD COAST BULLETIN – SEA MARKER DYE LAUNCH
Surf lifesavers use drones to tint water and track currents
GOLD Coast surf lifesavers are using drones to drop dye into the ocean to identify rips and hazards for beachgoers in an Australia-first trial.
Sea dye dropped from the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drone allows lifesavers to see the direction and speed of currents on the drone’s live video footage.
Westpac Rescue and Sydney drone developers The Little Ripper Group have partnered with Surf Life Saving Australia to conduct the trial.
Westpac Little Ripper a major drawcard for Fraser Coast Drones & Innovation Showcase
The Westpac Little Ripper team was a major drawcard at the Fraser Coast Drones & Innovation Showcase at Maryborough in Queensland this week. Their display at the exhibition centre on June 19, attracted a huge amount of attention, and the Westpac Little Ripper conducted a simulated rescue in the Mary River with Coast Guard.
SLSA benefits from 3 years of Research & Development by The Ripper Group.
Our sponsor Westpac partners with Surf Life Saving Australia to put more eyes in the sky over Aussie coastline this summer. This new program follows on from Westpac’s three year partnership of the Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drones in NSW and QLD, and 45 year partnership with Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Ser
Australia’s First Female Aboriginal Search and Rescue UAV Pilot
Meet Australia’s first female aboriginal search & rescue drone pilot – 23 year Rajarni Gibson of Fingal in New South Wales, Australia.
Rajarni was part of a team of 9 aboriginal pilots from the Coodjinburra Clan of the Bundjalung Tribe that were trained in August 2018 by The Ripper Group.
The World’s Oldest Living Culture Embraces Hi Tech Skills To Save Lives
The Juraki Surf Culture group from Fingal in New South Wales Australia newly trained indigenous UAV pilots trained by the Westpac Little Ripper team.
Australia leading the way for Drone use
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from Mooloolaba “Later this year, during the Southern Hemisphere summer, Westpac Little Ripper drones will be used to help rescue stranded swimmers and to spot sharks that might be getting a little too close for comfort.”
Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver for Port Macquarie
Naturally Sugar Free pioneer Nexba announced its support of the Port Macquarie region by donating a Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drone to the Surf Life Saving New South Wales Mid North Branch. Six volunteer surf life savers will be trained as remote pilots at the Ripper Aviation Academy.