Prototype Water-Rescue System Receives Award

In October, the James Dyson Foundation awarded 23-year-old Australian student Sam Adeloju its annual international design award for a prototype lifesaving device called the Longreach Rescue System.

The Longreach comprises a portable bazooka-like launcher that propels a water-activated puncture-proof buoyancy device to a swimmer or boater in need of assistance. The rescue “projectile” can be launched 450 feet and uses expanding foam to provide buoyancy once it contacts the water. It also features a light for guiding rescuers. The Longreach launcher is also equipped with para-flares for nighttime illumination.

The Longreach system is designed to be simple to manufacture and easy to handle. Ideally used by emergency services personnel or a ships crew, Longreach has the potential to significantly reduce the number of drownings at sea, according to the Dyson Award judges. Longreach is not the ultimate solution to water rescue but rather a system that allows a rescuer an immediate action; something they can do to instantaneously to allow them for time to properly access an appropriate response, without the added stress of risking their own lives unnecessarily.

Longreach is currently in the prototyping and testing phase and is due to start field trials with Surf Life Saving New South Wales (Australia) in the coming months.

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