Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) has partnered with Westpac to introduce 12 new Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drones across the state.

Lifeguards and lifesavers will be equipped with drones which can relay vision with pinpoint accuracy, monitor marine life such as crocodiles and sharks, and have the potential in the future to drop buoyancy devices to assist swimmers in distress.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drone Program is providing 51 drones to Surf Life Saving Clubs nationally, including the fleet of 12 in Queensland which will monitor around 25 beaches.

The surveillance capabilities of the drones will enable lifeguards and lifesavers to closely monitor rips and spot swimmers in need of help. Our lifeguards and lifesavers perform a significant number of rescues along Queensland’s coastline and the new drones will enable SLSQ to help protect more people than ever before.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drones will be operated in the following locations:

Sunshine Coast – 4 drones
Gold Coast and North Stradbroke Island – 3 drones
Wide Bay Capricorn – Bundaberg and Rockhampton
North Barrier – Townsville and Mackay
North Queensland – Cairns