WATCH: New drone technology to assist surf lifesavers

A new advancement in drone technology is set to help surf lifesavers keep Gold Coast beaches safe.

Sea marker dye is the latest tool developed The Ripper Group for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drone program, and assists in identifying rip currents and search areas.

The Ripper Group CEO Ben Trollope told myGC the sea marker dye is dropped from the drone to show how the ocean water is moving.


“If someone does go missing, or has drowned, and we are looking for them, we can drop sea marker dye and see which way they have potentially moved, whether it is north or south,” he said.

Mr Trollope told myGC the new drone technology is expected to be rolled out by next summer.

“Drone technology is the way forward. Being able to give surf lifesavers and life guards the ability to have aerial perspective all the time is a critical move forward.”

See how sea marker dye can assist life savers during a rescue, and learn more about drone technology, in the video below:

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