LONGREACH Lifesaver Bazooka Wins 2010 James Dyson Award
The Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System has just won the James Dyson Award. Its dull name rather obscures just how cool it is. The Longreach is a bazooka that fires life-belts up to 500-feet, targeting drowning-victims and saving their lives.
Using the Longreach, a rescuer can remain safely on ship or shore and deploy multiple life-belts at the press of a button. The “Rescue Packages” are made from expandable foam, and stay in fireable bullet shapes until they hit the water, whereupon they puff up into a circular buoyancy aid with a gap at one side. The resulting device also has lights so rescuers can find you in the dark.