Shoalhaven News

An eye in the sky protects beach goers from shark attack

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There is additional protection against shark attacks for another two Shoalhaven Beaches.

The Gerringong Surf Life Saving Club and Culburra Surf Life Saving Club have been included in the NSW Shark Drone program.

Surf Life Saving NSW, with the support of the Department of Primary Industries, will provide UAV coverage in every coastal LGA in the state.

Flights will commence this weekend to coincide with the start of surf patrols by lifesavers and lifeguards.

The extension of the program will see over 200 pilots employed along the NSW coastline.

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The cost-effective, drone technology has proven to be successful at keeping swimmers and surfers safe while minimising the impact on marine life.

Since the program commenced three years ago, the public response has been overwhelmingly positive, with people reporting greater confidence entering the water at locations where UAVs are operating.

Shellharbour, Kiama, and Mollymook beaches already have the Shark drone program.

The drones also are an additional tool to assist volunteer lifesavers and lifeguards identify other hazards such as rip currents, patrol outside flagged swimming areas, and assist search and rescue operations.

Images: NSW Government 

Tags: sharks, Gerringong, Kiama, Shellharbour, Surf Life Saving NSW, Mollymook Beach, Culburra Beach, drones