At Jones Beach in Long Island, NY, lifeguards equipped with a drone keep swimmers safe from feeding Thresher sharks over Labor Day Weekend. Just as beachgoers were starting to enjoy the waves, the lifeguards called for everybody to exit the water.
Jones Beach lifeguards with drone keep swimmers safe from feeding sharks
Lifeguards equipped with a drone told swimmers to get out of the water after three five-foot-long Thresher sharks were spotted feeding of bunker fish of the shores of Jones Beach this Labor Day Weekend.
“We had three Thresher sharks feeding on bunker fish, they were about five feet in length” said George Gorman, regional director for the state parks department according to Pix11.
Lifeguards spotted the sharks around lunchtime. A new tool, a DJI Mavic Pro drone, that is now part of the lifeguards lifesaving arsenal provides them sight from above. It allows the guards to spot and follow the predators out to sea. Three to four miles of coastline can be covered with a drone in a matter of minutes. The DJI Mavic Pro was flown from the Central Mall to field six to the east and to field two to the west.
The swimmers were told to exit the water as a precaution. Thresher sharks typically do not go after people but since they were feeding, swimmers were instructed to stay out of the ocean for an hour.
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