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In what is being described as a “first,” lifeguards successfully deployed a drone to rescue two boys in trouble while swimming off the eastern coast of Australia Thursday.

It was all a bit of serendipity, too. Members of the Australian Lifeguard Service just happened to be training with the drone — which is being developed to spot sharks — when they got word that the swimmers were having difficulty nearby as they encountered a 9-foot swell in rough surf conditions, according to the surf lifesaving website in New South Wales. 

And the man piloting the drone at the time just happened to be Jai Sheridan, the 2017 New South Wales Lifeguard of the Year.

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The Westpac Little Ripper UAV and Rescue Pod at Bilgola Beach in New South Wales, Australia, used to drop the flotation device. (Westpac Little Ripper via AP)

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