Watch as new drone technology, piloted by a surf lifesaver, saves two swimmers struggling at Lennox Head, NSW in Australia.
The swimmers, 15 and 17, reportedly reached the shore worn out but unharmed.
The state's deputy premier John Barilaro, who was on the beach for the launch of the new drone, praised the quick-thinking lifeguards and their remote-controlled rescue.
Barilaro said the country invested $3,43,000 (Rs 2.1 crore) to develop the technology in December.
The rescue follows the local government's December 2017 announcement that it would invest the equivalent of about $340,000 United States dollars in drone technology for rescue purposes.
The rescue, which happened as lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service were preparing for a training session with the brand-new drone fleet, was lauded as groundbreaking.
One of the boys, Monty Greenslade, told Channel Seven it was "definitely a sigh of relief" when the drone reached them.
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The Little Ripper flew over the swimmers and dropped an inflatable pod to them. The two teens managed to grab hold of the floating podule, and made their way safely to shore using it.
"This was an extraordinary rescue with the very best possible outcome", Blair said.
"The Little Ripper UAV certainly proved itself today", Sheridan said.
A yellow flotation device dropped from a flying drone spread near two teenagers caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast.
The Surf Lifesaving website called it a "world first".
A government official confirmed that the entire rescue took just 70 seconds, while a human lifeguard would have needed an average of six minutes to reach the swimmers.
"These UAVs that we're using to drop these inflatable pods is innovative, and we know that most or all of the lifesaving organisations around the world are stepping back and waiting to see how this goes".