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New lifesaving drone rescues teenagers swept out to sea in Australia just hours after launch

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Two teenagers who had been swept out to sea in Australia were rescued after a drone spotted them and dropped a flotation device in what is believed to be a world-first use of the technology. The 17-year-old and 15-year-old boys were seen in distress after becoming caught in a rough swell of about ten-feet, half-a-mile offshore at Lennox Head, north of Sydney. A beachgoer notified life guards, who quickly deployed the drone. It spotted the pair within two minutes and dropped an inflatable flotation device. The boys clung to the device and swum to shore. The drones had only been unveiled at the beach hours earlier as part of a trial for use by life guards. "There is no other lifesaving operation or organisation worldwide that is doing what we're doing on the size and scale that we're doing it," Kelvin Morton, from Surf Life Saving NSW, told ABC News. Two teenage boys sucked out to sea by a rip tide were saved from drowning by a drone, in what may be a world first Credit:  Caters News Agency "These [unmanned aerial vehicles] 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." Authorities estimated it would have taken about six minutes for life guards to reach the pair, compared with just 70 seconds by the drone after it had located them. Jai Sheridan, a lifeguard supervisor who piloted the drone, said it was an “amazingly efficient piece of lifesaving equipment and a delight to fly”. The teenagers were spotted struggling in rough surf off Lennox Head, New South Wales Credit:  Caters News Agency "I was able to launch it, fly it to the location, and drop the pod all in about one to two minutes,” he told Fairfax Media. A trial of the drones is due to end in April. "It [the drone] gives them [life guards] eyes across the water at a height of 60 metres [200 feet] and they can move at 50 kilometres [31 miles] an hour," said Mr Morton. A drone with a safety flotation device attached underneath flying over Bilgola beach north of Sydney. Credit:  PETER PARKS/ AFP "They've never had that ability before. They can see things in the water that a jet-ski simply cannot." The trial comes as life guards across Australia have begun to use drones to spot sharks.  The drones have already led to several beaches being evacuated this summer.

Family 'shock' at Sydney backpacker death

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Local media say Amelia Blake, who was found dead in a flat in Sydney, was the victim of a murder-suicide.

Tags: Murder, Sydney
From: www.bbc.co.uk

Red Bull Holden ZB Commodore breaks cover

Added: 18.01.2018 23:56 | 1 views | 0 comments

The Triple Eight-run squad has incorporated significantly more white into the livery for the brand new ZB Commodore, with Holden and Red Bull continuing to share the primary sponsorship real estate on the side of the car.The launch took place on Sydney Harbour this morning, and also acts as the official unveiling of the Supercars-spec ZB, which has been developed by Triple Eight and ...

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Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt dies after Boxing Day car crash

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An actress who appeared in Home And Away has died after being involved in a crash that killed several members of her family. Jessica Falkholt, 29, played Hope Morrison in the long-running soap and was considered to be a rising star in her native Australia. Her life support was switched off last Friday and Falkholt died at 10.20am on Wednesday, a statement from St George's Hospital in Sydney said. A spokeswoman said: "Jessica passed away from serious injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on 26 December, 2017. "The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time." Channel Seven, the Australian broadcaster that produces the show, said the cast were "heartbroken" to learn of her death. "Jessica's shining talent was recognised and respected by all her cast mates and crew and her beautiful friendship treasured," a spokesman added. "We send our sincere condolences to her extended family and friends during this difficult time." Scene of the car crash on the Princes Highway at Mondayong, New South Wales Falkholt's parents Lars and Vivian were also killed in a head-on crash - while her sister Annabelle was critically injured and died three days later in hospital. Jackson Heywood was among the soap stars who sent their wishes to Falkholt after the crash. Writing on December 27, he said: "Can we please send all our support, love and prayers to Jess and her sister Annabelle, fighting for their lives after their crash on boxing day. "Much love darlin. I'm with ya." Emergency services were called to Princes Highway at Mondayong on 10.45am on December 26 with three people pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other car, Craig Whitall, also died.

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Tributes for UK backpacker found dead in Sydney

Added: 18.01.2018 19:05 | 1 views | 0 comments

Australian media say Amelia Blake, 22, was the victim of a suspected murder-suicide.

From: www.bbc.co.uk

New lifesaving drone rescues teenagers swept out to sea in Australia just hours after launch

Added: 18.01.2018 19:05 | 1 views | 0 comments


Two teenagers who had been swept out to sea in Australia were rescued after a drone spotted them and dropped a flotation device in what is believed to be a world-first use of the technology. The 17-year-old and 15-year-old boys were seen in distress after becoming caught in a rough swell of about ten-feet, half-a-mile offshore at Lennox Head, north of Sydney. A beachgoer notified life guards, who quickly deployed the drone. It spotted the pair within two minutes and dropped an inflatable flotation device. The boys clung to the device and swum to shore. The drones had only been unveiled at the beach hours earlier as part of a trial for use by life guards. "There is no other lifesaving operation or organisation worldwide that is doing what we're doing on the size and scale that we're doing it," Kelvin Morton, from Surf Life Saving NSW, told ABC News. Two teenage boys sucked out to sea by a rip tide were saved from drowning by a drone, in what may be a world first Credit:  Caters News Agency "These [unmanned aerial vehicles] 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." Authorities estimated it would have taken about six minutes for life guards to reach the pair, compared with just 70 seconds by the drone after it had located them. Jai Sheridan, a lifeguard supervisor who piloted the drone, said it was an “amazingly efficient piece of lifesaving equipment and a delight to fly”. The teenagers were spotted struggling in rough surf off Lennox Head, New South Wales Credit:  Caters News Agency "I was able to launch it, fly it to the location, and drop the pod all in about one to two minutes,” he told Fairfax Media. A trial of the drones is due to end in April. "It [the drone] gives them [life guards] eyes across the water at a height of 60 metres [200 feet] and they can move at 50 kilometres [31 miles] an hour," said Mr Morton. A drone with a safety flotation device attached underneath flying over Bilgola beach north of Sydney. Credit:  PETER PARKS/ AFP "They've never had that ability before. They can see things in the water that a jet-ski simply cannot." The trial comes as life guards across Australia have begun to use drones to spot sharks.  The drones have already led to several beaches being evacuated this summer.

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt dies after Boxing Day car crash

Added: 18.01.2018 1:06 | 0 views | 0 comments


An actress who appeared in Home And Away has died after being involved in a crash that killed several members of her family. Jessica Falkholt, 29, played Hope Morrison in the long-running soap and was considered to be a rising star in her native Australia. Her life support was switched off last Friday and Falkholt died at 10.20am on Wednesday, a statement from St George's Hospital in Sydney said. A spokeswoman said: "Jessica passed away from serious injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on 26 December, 2017. "The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time." Channel Seven, the Australian broadcaster that produces the show, said the cast were "heartbroken" to learn of her death. "Jessica's shining talent was recognised and respected by all her cast mates and crew and her beautiful friendship treasured," a spokesman added. "We send our sincere condolences to her extended family and friends during this difficult time." Scene of the car crash on the Princes Highway at Mondayong, New South Wales Falkholt's parents Lars and Vivian were also killed in a head-on crash - while her sister Annabelle was critically injured and died three days later in hospital. Jackson Heywood was among the soap stars who sent their wishes to Falkholt after the crash. Writing on December 27, he said: "Can we please send all our support, love and prayers to Jess and her sister Annabelle, fighting for their lives after their crash on boxing day. "Much love darlin. I'm with ya." Emergency services were called to Princes Highway at Mondayong on 10.45am on December 26 with three people pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other car, Craig Whitall, also died.

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Serbia snags 3 Australians in drug bust

Added: 17.01.2018 15:13 | 0 views | 0 comments

Serbian police have arrested three Australian men suspected of being part of an international drug-smuggling group that tried to bring more than a tonne of cocaine into Sydney last year.

From: www.news.com.au

M&L Hospitality Opens West Hotel Sydney in Australia

Added: 17.01.2018 14:09 | 1 views | 0 comments

West Hotel Sydney is the first Curio Collection by Hilton in Australia.

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World Briefs: $2.1m fund to save Great Barrier Reef

Added: 16.01.2018 21:29 | 0 views | 0 comments

January 17, 2018 5:00 AM
SYDNEY • Australia yesterday called on the world's top scientific minds to help save the Great Barrier Reef, offering A$2 million (S$2.1 million) to fund research into protecting the world's largest living structure.

From: www.straitstimes.com

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