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Drones activities within the fields of Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Search & Rescue, Medicine.

Drone footage shows powerful rip tide dragging swimmers out to sea.

The beach was officially unpatrolled at 8am, but lifeguards had gathered there for an early morning training session, Port News reports.

A surfer had already reached the swimmers, keeping their heads above water as lifeguards rushed to help.

“I swam out, wrapped a rescue tube around one of them who was grabbing onto the man’s surfboard,” lifeguard Angus Knox said.

“Once the rescue board arrived we were able to paddle the two back around to the beach, into the wave zone and onto the sand bank.”

The video of the rescue shows just how quickly people can be dragged in a rip.

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Drones have saved 6 people from drowning off the coast of France.

Helper Drone has announced that it has saved a total of six people from drowning at locations off the coast of France, marking the first time in the world that swimmers were saved by a professional drone lifeguard.

The drone company was the product of an employee of Total, a French-based oil, gas and energy company who invented the drones because Total was interested in saving lives at sea when, for example, an employee falls off an offshore platform, but also because drones have other uses for the offshore industry such as performing tests or surveying.

Drone view of Bomb Disposal Unit in action at Merrionette Park in Chicago.

A bomb squad descended on a Merrionette Park strip mall Wednesday night after a person threw a “beeping” device inside a tobacco shop, police said. Authorities appeared to blow up whatever the device was later in the evening.

A Merrionette police detective told NBC 5 an “unknown male” threw “a device that was emitting a beeping sound” in Tobacco City about 5:33 p.m. near 115th Street and Kedzie Avenue.

The scene included a flashing drone that was scouting the storefronts of the strip mall and officers in thick, armored bomb-disposal suits.

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‘Predator’ Vision Drones Get Artificial Intelligence to Spot Poachers

Poachers illegally hunting elephants and rhinoceroses under cover of darkness may soon find themselves being tracked by “Predator” vision drones armed with artificial intelligence. The new AI system that enables surveillance drones to automatically detect both humans and animals could help conservation experts and rangers protect endangered wildlife starting in 2018.

A wildlife conservation group called Air Shepherd has already tested the AI system in a field demonstration and hopes to eventually expand such operations to various national parks in Africa.

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Drones reportedly used in Colorado manhunt for suspect who killed officer.

Drones are reportedly flying over a Colorado neighborhood to assist in the manhunt for suspects in the Wednesday night killing of an Adams County sheriff’s deputy, a report said.

The drone was spotted over a neighborhood near the shooting, a KDVR reporter at the scene tweeted. The drones were “extremely discreet,” the reporter’s tweet read.

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Within 10 minutes of launch, Missing collie in Clatsop County, Washington found by drone.

A border collie who went missing during a Christmas Day hike was rescued by a cadre of dog lovers in a dramatic rescue from a cliff north of Indian Beach in Clatsop County.

Felix’s owner, Sarah Stremming, searched for the collie for hours, to no avail before posting a message on her Facebook page, the Daily Astorian reports.

Those messages found their way to volunteer firefighter Matthew Verley, a licensed drone operator, used his drone to look in the area where Felix might be and within 10 minutes found the dog alive and well — but in a precarious position.

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Police Drone Enables Rescue Of Woman Trapped In Mine Shaft

Police say a rescued woman is lucky to be alive after she became stuck down an eight-metre deep mine shaft in New South Wales, Australia.

The accident happened in Lightning Ridge in the north-west of NSW.

The 26-year-old woman had disappeared on a late night walk on Friday, with a search underway when she didn’t return.

Police managed to locate the woman using a police drone yesterday morning after several days of looking for her.

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Los Angeles Fire Department using Drones to Monitor Southern California Wildfires.

Thursday, drones were launched for the first time “in an operational environment,” heading to an aerial location over the Skirball Fire.

The Skirball Fire has burned 422 acres and is 85 percent contained, according to an update Monday by the LAFD. Six structures were destroyed and 12 structures were damaged in the blaze, the update said.

The drones, which the post said flew for about 30 minutes, were not used to put out flames but rather helped firefighters get a better idea of the condition of the area.

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas reported that two flights took off that day.

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