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Life Saver Rescue Pod short listed for prestigious award

Life Saver Rescue Pod short listed for prestigious award

e Little Ripper system of rescue is a world`s first and could change the face of search and rescue (SAR) worldwide.

The Little Ripper provides a safer environment for surfers, distressed swimmers and sailors that are lost at sea by providing observation and delivery of rescue packages called Rescue Pods (ULBs) via drones.

The Little Ripper Life Saver Rescue Pod was developed by Australian rescue specialists SOS Marine and comes as a complete package including the supply of tried and tested drones, approved pilot and observer training plus the supply of reusable rescue packages which include auto inflation platforms and a Shark Shield.

The system has been short-listed for this year`s 26th Design Award METS (DAME) which is held in conjunction with METSTRADE, the largest marine trade show in the world, in November.

The shortlist of 67 new marine products has been selected from 117 entries from 26 countries. The Little Ripper Life Saver has been short-listed in the lifesaving and safety equipment category and is the fifth safety product in 6 years from SOS Marine, to be accepted for the final judging.

The Rescue Pods, nicknamed ULB`s, (`you little beauty’, something you might say if you were in need of rescue and saw one), are ready-to-go for rapid deployment.

The Pods, on immersion, provide enough flotation to support 3-4 persons. They are fitted with an automatic SOLAS light for night rescue, SOLAS grade high visibility retro-reflective tape, large sea anchor and can include a Shark Shield. The lightweight Pods are reusable and designed to provide that little bit of help until rescue arrives. The system also provides rescuers with a GPS position, provided by the drone.

The design mission of the Little Ripper was to create a globally-leading search & rescue (SAR) service utilising unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to speed up the process of saving human lives.

The Little Ripper Life Saver Rescue Pod will be on display at the DAME Design Award Presentation in the Innovation LAB in Hall 6 at METSTRADE from 15 – 17 November, as well as at Australian Pavilion on SOS Marine`s stand 12.719.

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