Three Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Drones (WLRD) are ready for service in Victoria as part of Australia’s first national roll-out of lifesaving drones in a partnership between Westpac and Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA).
The drones are based at Life Saving Victoria’s (LSV) state centre and will be despatched around the state as needed to provide accurate aerial vision and surveillance along the Victorian coastline and inland in emergency situations.
“In Victoria, we have just witnessed the highest summer drowning toll on record. The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Drones are therefore a timely addition to our lifesaving equipment and will be beneficial to local lifesavers,” says LSV acting operations manager Kane Treloar.
This summer saw 513 rescues and 125,934 preventive actions undertaken by lifesavers and lifeguards, up to 28th March 2019, with patrols continuing to Easter Monday.
“There is no better time than now to welcome new technologies that can help us protect more Victorians,” says Kane. “We’re pleased to be able to continue our long relationship with Westpac beyond and extend our work beyond the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service to support local clubs and all Victorian communities.”
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drone program has seen 51 rescue drones rolled-out to Surf Life Saving clubs around the Australia over the summer patrol period.
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