Sounds pretty technical but the design is pretty simple. The bullet shot towards the victim in need is made of hydrophobic foam that expands into a life ring in about 15 seconds after it comes in contact with water. It also comes with a flashlight for attracting attention as well as flares for night-time rescue.
Designed to shoot over 150m, it’s intended to give quick flotation for the victim while emergency services implement a more comprehensive plan for rescue.
The LONREACH Buoyancy Deployment System won the James Dysen Award and was invented 24-year-old Samuel Adeloju. He was awarded £10,000 for himself, and another £10,000 for his engineering faculty at the University he graduated from in New South Wales.
More info: jamesdysonaward.org [Via Gizmodo]
New Lifesaving Device Will Make Even Bazooka Joe Happy [Rescue Gear]Thursday, 07 October 2010
While this will unlikely never become standard rescue gear for paddlers, The LONGREACH Buoyancy Deployment System is a bazooka type tool that enables a "rapid conveyance of temporary, water-activated buoyancy devices to a drowning victim’s location."
David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.