The part is called U Safe and is the modern, technical adaptation of the good old lifebuoy. It is now designed in the shape of a horseshoe and is watered when a MOB case occurs and is noticed. Throwing becomes difficult - U Safe weighs a whopping 13 kilograms, so it also needs a special bracket attached to the pushpit if possible. Activated and watered, the crew remotely controls U Safe to the MOB, so visual contact is still essential. Arrived at the MOB, the person holds on to the horseshoe and is brought to the boat.
Winner over everything and in the safety category
The two independently operating jet drives sit in the ends of the horseshoe and are powered by batteries. The batteries are charged inductively in the holder of the device. According to the manufacturer, U Safe reaches a speed of a good eight knots, can be operated for 30 minutes and maintains contact until the end of the field of vision. The device is 100 by 80 by 20 centimeters in size.
The aqua robot has won the Dame Award, the most important equipment award given every year on the occasion of the Mets professional trade fair. The decision is made by a jury chaired by the Hamburg designer Birgit Schnaase. The part also won in the Lifesaving and Safety Equipment category.
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The rescue drone in motion