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Needed reliable tracking for their state of the art drifter system
Industries: Search & Rescue
Location: Greymouth, New Zealand
Kotuku Surf Life Saving operate out of Greymouth, on the rugged West Coast of New Zealand's South Island.
As a New Zealand town with beaches, strong ocean currents that can pull people out to see are no surprise.
Kotuku Surf Life Saving Club are one of 74 clubs across New Zealand that prevent these ocean currents and tides from claiming lives. Their trained lifeguards are prepared to bring people back if they find themselves caught in a rip, or unable to swim to shore due to accident and injury.
Without clubs like Kotuku, many more people would be lost to the seas around New Zealand.
TracPlus constantly helps us to put search and rescue assets in the right place and increase the probability of finding someone alive.
How Kotuku Surf Life Saving uses TracPlus
The club uses TracPlus to track their innovative Drifter devices with live GPS tracking - to identify the probable location of a person missing in the water.
Their Drifter system works by recording real-time drift patterns and the speed of currents in the water, predicting where a person could end up if swept out to sea. The Drifters can be set either at the water surface for a missing person with a lifejacket or below the surface for a missing person without a lifejacket.
"TracPlus constantly helps us to put search and rescue assets in the right place and increase the probability of finding someone alive. At the scene of an incident, the Emily B drifters will be deployed as soon as possible at the splash point so we can track the missing person or persons and recover them as soon as possible."