Project about public rescue equipment at LifeBoard

At LifeBoard, we work to increase water safety along the coastlines, in doing so we wish to examine the current rescue equipment available for public rescue.

The current public rescue equipment is focused on throwing a floatation device to the victim, but we wish to examine which rescue equipment that is most suitable for a swimming rescue. Public rescue is also of interest for the International Lifesaving Federation of Europe (ILSE) and they are conducting a project with the ‘Public Rescue Tube’ (PRT): shorturl.at/ekowQ

We would like to simulate a water rescue of a drowning victim – the test can either be done at a beach/lake or in a swimming pool depending on what is possible for the students and in which season the test will be conducted. The test persons should use 3 different kind of lifesaving equipment in the rescue: lifebuoy, rescue torpedo (PRT) and LifeBoard to perform a simulated rescue.

Lifebuoy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifebuoy#/media/File:Ring_buoy_with_light.jpg

Rescue Torpedo (PRT): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescue_buoy#/media/File:Gurtretter.jpg

LifeBoard: https://lifeboard.nu/en/lifeboard/

Depending on the beach/water conditions and the swimming capabilities of the participants, a possible rescue scenario should be set up and the participants has to complete this scenario as fast as possible with each of the rescue equipment’s. The test persons should/can be both male and female in different ages, preferably also with different swimming capabilities. The participants are timed and filmed when testing each of the equipment’s for comparison of the rescue equipment’s.

As an example, here is a short description on how the tests could be conducted in a swimming pool:

  • Participants: preferably around 10 with different swimming capabilities.
  • Equipment: lifebuoy, torpedo (PRT) and LifeBoard.
  • Distance: a drowning situation will normally occur 50-200 meters from the beach, so this distance must be completed as fast as possible with each rescue equipment (participants should have sufficient time to rest in between each test).
  • Measurements: besides video recording of the test (can be used for timing), we would also like to measure the heart rate of the subjects (to estimate their workload), also measure the oxygen saturation and lactate if possible.

We are very flexible in terms of the test protocol as well as the test setup, so this can be decided by the student – we can however also assist in making the exact protocol if desired. If the test is conducted in the ocean, it is preferred to involve the local surf lifeguards or as a minimum someone with surf lifesaving capabilities should be present during the tests.

We have offices in Denmark (Copenhagen and Aalborg) and we are also represented in Sweden (Stockholm), but we are flexible about conducting test other places in the world as we can ship the equipment to you.

Please reach out to us if the project might be of interest or if you have any questions.

Thank you!

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About LifeBoard

The LifeBoard is a special designed to assist civil beachgoers in stabilizing an accident safely in time. With a surfboard-looking design it is easier for civil beachgoers to use compared to the life-buoy ring. The ring is not designed to be used for swimming rescues, but to be thrown from harbors, piers and boats. The lifebuoy ring is considered inefficient on flat beaches, where it is rarely used successfully.

The LifeBoard ensures that a civil rescuer has the necessary device at hand. Accidents in the water needs to be stabilized as fast as possible, since a poor swimmer can drown in less than 60 sec. When accidents are stabilized fast, the risk of permanent injuries and hospitalization of near-drowning decreases.

Read more about LifeBoard here: https://lifeboard.nu/en/

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