Showing off an arsenal of life-saving capabilities, drones have been tending to rural patients at a shocking rate. Treatment lies in the form of deliveries, mostly medical tools and blood packets. In any event, the machinery itself hasn’t yet made any direct rescues — until making its way to New South Wales. On account of his search drone, lifeguard Jai Sheridan managed to save two drowning boys.
“I was able to launch it, fly it to the location, and drop the pod all in about one to two minutes,” Sheridan said.
The drone, meant to scout for sharks, ejects a detachable floatation device. The boys, about half a mile into the water, safely paddled to shore on the floater. Sheridan’s “miracle” drone isn’t like any other in that you won’t be able to score it at your local Apple store.
It was a sophisticated UAV called “Little Ripper” described by its corporate sponsor, Westpac, as having a carbon fibre air frame and aircraft grade aluminum components.
Drones are tricky things — but their new and improved counterparts are surely making up for past slip-ups.
If our future is in the hands of Generation Z, I’ll be honest — I’m pretty hopeful. At the end of the day, they’re raising money for deaf children and even delivering babies. If you aren’t won over yet, a young hero from Wales rescued five people from dangerous coastlines. To top it off, he’s only 8-years-old!
Brave Steffan Williams was out kayaking when he spotted three tourists – an elderly woman and two teenagers – huddled on a rock. He quickly fetched his rubber dinghy and then towed the terrified trio back to the shore. And just two days later he spotted two teenage boys stuck on the same rock, frantically whistling and waving to catch his attention.
Williams, who was only 6 when he began kayaking and sailing, has since raised £100 for his father’s lifesaving crew. When I was that age, I don’t think I was off training wheels.
“I want to be a life boat person when I get the chance. They are taking away the New Quay lifeboat to replace it with a little one. I’m very sad about that. I want to be on the big lifeboat. You can join at 17.”
If it’s in this child’s nature to help others, I can imagine that most of our younger ones are doing pretty well.