The SPEED RESCUE is a rescue craft which is autonomous, self-inflating, motorised, remotely operated, with geolocation and communications equipment.
A SPEED RESCUE craft can easily fit into the range of equipment and services provided maritime search and rescue within the 300 metre offshore area, and also for rivers and lakes.
Launched from the beach, a large motorboat, the bank of a river or lake, it proves a rapid intervention at more than 20 knots in areas where access is difficult due to shallow water levels, at the foot of a cliff or in a creek for example. It can also be used among bathers as it has no propeller and has pneumatic fender protection.
The SPEED RESCUE has been designed with two types of craft:
The composite module:
includes a propulsion system, remote operating console and battery pack. With a flat base and very small draft, the craft can operate in very shallow water and can also be beached. The design of the hull provides good control of the drone when cutting through waves. Finally, the grill covering the water flow path to the turbine protects against drawing in any floating debris, such as seaweed and floating wood etc.; very small debris gets shredded.
The pneumatic module:
the choice of its design using Drop Stitch material and PVC is for three reasons:
Excellent resistance to abrasion, whether among rocks or sand and when launched from a boat.
The rigidity of the profile obtained is similar to a Stand-up Paddle Board and provides comfort and suppleness when an impact occurs, so it is perfectly adapted to the real conditions of a rescue intervention.
Once folded and packed it doesn't take up much room and can, therefore, be easily stored on a rescue craft or in an Emergency Support Vehicle. Once the inflating gas bottle is opened, the vessel becomes operational in less than three seconds.
TYPES OF INTERVENTION
- Lifeguard stations and first aid posts
- Search and rescue vessels
- Fire and Rescue Services
- Navy and Merchant Navy vessels (man overboard scenario)
A RESPONSE TO THE PROBLEMS FACED BY THE EMERGENCY SERVICES, INCLUDING :
Managing available personnel:
The SPEED RESCUE helps the emergency services to intervene using only two people, one of whom is the remote operator, who does not necessarily require the qualification of being a lifeguard.
Furthermore, in certain situations the services of a lifeguard are not even required.
A sizeable budget in terms of nautical resources:
For lifeguard stations, first aid posts and local councils which do not have the financial resources to acquire a jet-ski, plus maintenance and personnel training costs, the SPEED RESCUE is a valid alternative.
It also provides a solution to cope with peaks in seasonal requirements, by complementing existing nautical services in areas which attract high numbers of tourists.
The absence of maritime resources:
When used from any type of Emergency Support Vehicle, it provides a unique and innovative response with a compact and simple to use service for Fire and Rescue teams faced with a rescue operation on a river, lake or during flooding.
A noticeable increase in nautical leisure activities:
The SPEED RESCUE proposes a unique solution to local councils and to different emergency services to acquire reasonably priced equipment to help cope with the constant progression of participants in water sports leisure activities.
The SPEED RESCUE has been designed to respond to the large range of interventions the Emergency Services are faced with on a daily basis in France and in other countries.
Whether used during flooding, or from a beech during the summer season, it provides a pertinent alternative to classic rescue surfboards and Jet-Skis.