A new surf boat was gifted to the Philips Search and Rescue Trust by Device Technologies, whose Czech national employee Ladislav Svarc, 29, drowned in a kayaking accident earlier this year.

Until now, rescue helicopter crews have trained for water rescues with IRBs offered by surf lifesaving clubs when available.

Philips crew trainer Simon Barton said the implications of the donation by Device Technologies were far reaching.

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