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This Lifesaving Drone Deploys Rescue Devices and Uses AI to Detect Sharks, Crocodiles in the Water

This Lifesaving Drone Deploys Rescue Devices and Uses AI to Detect Sharks, Crocodiles in the Water

The Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver is a fleet of single and multi-rotor drones, otherwise known as UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Drones) custom-made for search, rescue and lifesaving operations. They deploy rescue devices and communicate with victims in need of help. They also use AI to detect a variety of marine threats in oceans and waterways, such as sharks and crocodiles ​with high accuracy, in real-time.

The Little Ripper is equipped with a Marine Rescue Pod, a floatation device that can support 3-4 people. It automatically inflates when dropped into water and is re-usable and re-packable by installing a new CO2 canister. For night rescues, the pod is illuminated with lights and reflective tape and can include a large sea anchor and a Shark Shield.



On January 18, 2018, the Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver reportedly performed the world’s first recorded drone surf rescue in stormy seas off the coast of Lennox Head, NSW, Australia.

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