Westpac Little Ripper offer a suite of sophisticated single and multi rotor UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Drones) tailored for search, rescue and lifesaving operations. Little Ripper UAV’s (drones) have been developed specifically to execute multiple strategies including deploying rescue devices and communicating with those requiring assistance. This way Westpac Little Ripper Rapid Response teams can react quickly and efficiently to save lives.
Westpac has sponsored the Little Ripper Lifesaver since 28th February 2016, complementing their 42 year commitment to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Services that we have all come to know and love. Westpac believes the The Westpac Little Ripper project represents the next evolution in beach safety, with the ability to rapidly identify and respond to incidents with specialised unmanned aircraft.
The Westpac Little Ripper performed the world’s first drone surf rescue in stormy seas off the coast of Lennox Head, NSW, Australia on 18 January 2018.
This technology allows for faster reaction times to potential threats at beaches and water ways. Crocspotter has been developed by The Ripper Group in partnership with UTS, Amazon Web Services and Queensland Surf Life Saving.
The Little Ripper Marine Rescue Pod contains a platform that provides enough floatation to support 3-4 persons. The pod automatically inflates when dropped into water and is re-usable and re-packable with a simple install of a new CO2 canister. They are fitted with an automatic SOLAS light for night rescue, SOLAS grade high visibility retro-reflective tape, and can include a large sea anchor and a Shark Shield. The lightweight Pods are designed to provide help until rescue arrives.
The Little Ripper developed and designed Land Pod© contains: a miniature automatic external defibrillator (AED); EPIRB personal location beacon; thermal blanket; radio; V sheet for rescue; and basic first-aid kit.
The Little Ripper developed and designed Snow Pod© contains: An EPIRB personal location beacon, thermal blanket, radio/phone, skin warmers, energy bars, basic first-aid kit.
Become A Westpac Little Ripper Pilot at our specialist UAV training centre, The Ripper Aviation Training Academy, located in Gold Coast and Sydney, we offer a wide range of RPAS CASA approved courses, from beginner through to Commercial Licensing.