Surfer ‘saved from shark attack’ after warning from ‘search and rescue’ drone

A surfer has cheated death from a possible shark attack thanks to a speaker warning from a drone flying above the ocean.

Christopher Joye, an amateur drone operator, was patrolling at Werri Beach in New South Wales on Sunday when he spotted a shark in the water heading towards a nearby surfer.

He switched his drone to a 'search-and-rescue' mode and sent a warning message to the surfer through the speaker on his drone.

The surfer quickly turned around their board and headed for the shore; and the shark swam back out to the sea.

"I think it is probably the first time any drone pilot anywhere in the world has stopped a shark attack by warning the swimmers or surfers via a live communications channel," Christopher said.

Christopher, a hedge fund manager by day, spends much of his spare time patrolling the seas for sharks using his £3,300 Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drone.

"I do it because I have seen so many sharks from the drone that someone has to try and keep our surfers and swimmers safe," he said.

"That's why I bought the search and rescue drone with the ability to send alerts and communicate with people whose lives are at risk."

Recalling the incident which happened on Sunday, he said he sent out the alert message with 'Shark! Shark! Shark! Evacuate the water immediately!'

He said the surfer looked up when they heard the message and quickly jerked the board towards the beach.



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