A SURVEILLANCE drone is set to be stationed in Yamba this summer to help spot sharks and identify rips to keep swimmers safe.
Last weekend was the first time the drone was used and while it’s based at Yamba Main Beach it will also patrol Turners, Convent and Pippi beaches.
Deployed by the Department of Primary Industries and Australian Lifeguard Services, the drone will be in action on weekends until the end of April next year, as well as weekdays during the peak period.
The drone will be primarily used for shark surveillance, however it will also be used to identify issues in the water.
Qualified pilots will be easily identified in their uniform at the beach and there will be appropriate signage on site.
A Surf Life Saving NSW spokesperson said the drone was one of two deployed in region two, with the unmanned aerial vehicle program funded through the $16 million NSW Government