Category Archives: Drones At Work

Drones help to retrieve body of drowned swimmer at Fingal Head, New South Wales, Australia.

Even though emergency services had found the body in the water, dangerous surf conditions prevented them from retrieving the body. With the help of boats, jet skis, police divers, and drones, they were able to safely bring the body back to shore on Thursday morning.

“The drones give us another perspective on the water with a bird’s eye view,” Mr Samuels said. “Drones and helicopters can be very beneficial on a day like this.”

Australia has been deploying drones on a larger scale than anywhere else in the world for rescuing swimmers and keeping beachgoers safe in general. Recently two swimmers were safely brought back to shore with the help of the Little Ripper drone.

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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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Surveillance Drone catches trainer Brian Sylvia secretly medicating harness racing horse.

The disturbing video shows Sylvia rip the tube from the horse’s nasal passage, causing it to recoil as it hits its nose.

Despite being caught in the act, Sylvia lied and protested his innocence right up to the day of his HRV disciplinary hearing in September.

He was given a 15-month disqualification and fined $2000 after pleading guilty to five charges including giving false evidence and failing to produce the horse for drug testing.

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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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