Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
by Alex Czartoryski
Longreach Buoyancy Deployment Bazooka
The Longreach buoyancy bazooka designed by Samuel Adeloju shoots an emergency buoyancy
aid 500 feet out to sea, saving people from drowning. Once the aid hits water it
rapidly expands to help keep the victim afloat. Last year, the
Longreach system won the James Dyson Award, a competition aimed at encouraging
design engineers to be creative, inventive, and to challenge the norm.
The life buoy is shaped like a bullet allowing it to be launched from a bazooka-like
device. When the bullet hits water the buoy expands to forty times its original
size forming a ring-shaped life-preserver. This invention could reach drowning victims
far more quickly than a lifeguard and it also promises to aid those that fall overboard
and end up out of reach of a buoy thrown by hand.