Having a place of safety and allowing time for survivors to recover before being rescued at sea is behind the newly designed SEAPODTM inflatable survival platform. The device combines the latest technology, with proven research to solve the age old problems of surviving critical hours before rescue comes; problems of quick deployment, hypothermia, visibility of survivors and staying safely out of the water.
UK Company, Salvare Worldwide, has developed the ingenious SEAPODTM as a solution. A lightweight, easily deployed, fully interlocking inflatable life saving platform based on the *Carley Liferaft concept. But unlike the Carley Liferaft, the SEAPODTM is light, (it weighs less than 4kg and is packed in a water activated case) and offers good protection from the onset of Hypothermia, increasing the chances of survival. Because of its compactness the SEAPODTM can be stowed on large ships, coastal vessels, small boats, helicopters and aircraft alike. So reliance upon lifejackets alone is a thing of the past.
Salvare states the SEAPODTM is a unique development, “We recognised the market need for a truly safe survival platform early on. Through intensive research, we found that while there are Liferafts with Freeboards, these often failed to launch or are difficult to board, leaving survivors still in the water at greater danger of hypothermia, with nothing but a Lifejacket to rely on. The SEAPODTM offers a much higher chance of survival and is such a big step forward in safety of life at sea.”
The SEAPODTM has two separate auto inflatable chambers activated as soon as it hits the water and capable of retaining a steady position. Even if one chamber is punctured the SEAPODTM’s unique design enables the other chamber to be manually further inflated to maintain optimum buoyancy.
A small freeboard allows water to flow freely over the platform, cutting down on the amount of water retained on-board. Getting onto the platform has been made simple by reducing the overall thickness of each platform. The SEAPODTM is only a few centimetres thick and has strategically placed hand and foot holds to ensure survivors board easily. Once there, they stay in position, without being immersed in freezing water, a critical factor delaying the onset of Hypothermia.
Salvare produces several versions of the SEAPODTM in various shapes and sizes designed to carry one or multiple survivors. All are equipped with Solas approved LED lighting as standard. Bright orange in colour and can be manufactured to clip together to make a much larger survival surface. The top of the range version is installed with a MOB location beacon to alert ships and aircraft to its exact location. Being on the surface of the water survivors are also more visible on a SEAPODTM than if wearing a lifejacket alone.
SEAPODTM applications are variable and suitable for Rescue Services worldwide (Land, Sea and Air), ship and boat owners, along with dock and harbour-side marinas and authorities. The product range is available worldwide, through Salvare’s network of distributors.
Salvare are currently working on several other ground breaking developments at the moment, so please visit, www.salvare.co.uk for more information and to keep up to date with developments.