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Lifesaving drones to keep swimmers safe

Lifesaving drones to keep swimmers safe

We need to give our lifesavers the tools they need to keep swimmers safe.

This has been a horror summer for Victorian beaches with 21 recorded drowning deaths – the highest in over a decade. Every drowning is a tragedy.

That is why an elected Liberal Nationals Government led by Matthew Guy will purchase 15 state-of-the-art lifesaving drones.

Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin, made the announcement today at Mordialloc Lifesaving Club, joined by Liberal Candidate for Mordialloc Geoff Gledhill and local lifesavers.

Westpac Little Ripper Drones currently operate in NSW and QLD to save lives and give lifesavers eyes in the sky, providing a birds-eye view of rips and other hazards and dropping floatation aids to swimmers in distress.

Using cutting-edge computer software, these drones can automatically distinguish between swimmers, boats, sharks and even stingrays.

The Liberal Nationals will invest $400,000 over four years to purchase the drone units and provide operator training for up to 100 lifesavers.

Lifesaving Victoria would operate and deploy the drones from beaches around Victoria.


Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin:

“This is about keeping swimmers safe on our beaches and mitigating risks posed to volunteer lifesavers.

“Giving swimmers in trouble something to hold on to while they wait for help to arrive could be the difference between a successful rescue and another tragic statistic.

“Our hardworking volunteer lifesavers patrol our beaches and risk their own lives to save others.

“Unlike Daniel Andrews, the Liberal Nationals respect all our volunteers whether they be CFA, SES, Coast Guard or Lifesavers.

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