Titanic Lacked Rescue Sticks

Humor aside, it’s quite tough to aim a heavy Lifesaver tube, accurately to a drowning person. It would be much easier to throw him the Rescue Stick, which is a baton shaped contraption. Contraption it is, coz it’s strings undergo a chemical reaction when they hit the water; they dissolve to release a horse-shoe shaped float. So basically the baton reacts to the water and becomes a life-saving device. As a back-up plan, in case the reaction fails, the tube can be inflated manually.

Details:

The reason why Rescue Stick can provide rapid and accurate assistance in the emergency situation can be divided into two facts; the high effectiveness of the type of form factor and chemical reaction. It has a dimension of 270x65x70(mm) and weight of 0.9(lb). Chemical reaction-wise, Rescue Stick can be inflated by the dissolvable strings. The rate of inflation is fast, reaching about 10L in 3~4 seconds. There are other materials like sodium azide, that can achieve faster inflation rate of 0.05 seconds, but the cost of external casing that can reach up to $200, which is a trade off which is almost unacceptable. In contrast, an alternative that involves other chemical compound and water costs a mere $5, but takes 20 seconds to inflate, which makes this option also unacceptable. The material we use, compressed CO2 gas in aluminum can, can pull the cost down to $15 and takes only 3~4 seconds to inflate. This is why we think that our option is an optimal choice. The materials used can all be recycled and no waste is left in the water after use. Just by refilling the relatively low cost compressed CO2 gas can and dissolvable string and refolding the tube after deflation, Rescue Stick can be recycled without much hassle.

Designers: Sungjoon Kim, Jangwoon Kim, Sook-kyung Lee & Keunhwan Pack

Rescue Stick, Lifesaving Float by Sungjoon Kim, Jangwoon Kim, Sook-kyung Lee & Keunhwan Pack

Rescue Stick, Lifesaving Float by Sungjoon Kim, Jangwoon Kim, Sook-kyung Lee & Keunhwan Pack 2

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21 Comments

  • Sean, Choi says:

    Hi there,

    This product will help me get out of my long-long time anguish.
    I have not gotten any idea what if one of my family members drowning into the water since i was not a good swimmer never.

    Could you update me regarding this great rescue stick? I would like to know when it is going to be available in the market.

    Thanks in advance, Sean

  • ranjix says:

    while I salute every trial of making safer things, getting a more complex item instead of simpler ones (the simple rescue ring) will add to the risks, not reduce them. also, the novelty of the item won’t help a panicked drowning person which will cling desperately to anything flies/swims towards them.
    obviously, my 2 cents…

    • AlienzExist says:

      I agree. And what about throwing it to the victim, what if you hit them with this sharp plastic torpedo shaped thing? And when it fills up as in diagram #6 it looks like there is a sharp edge that is exposed. Form should follow function. It looks like they designed a cool object and then filled it with technology. But is this really the best shape for something like this? and shouldnt it have a soft casing that is also bouyant? Have you touched existing life-saving equipment? They are fail-safe, and universally usable. How do you mount this? There is only one no-ergonimc looking handle, no place to tie anything to it, no webbing or straps to grab. You’re supposed to just chuck it at someone drowning…

  • This is really an informative review.
    This gives ideas on how to save lives when drowning in the middle of the sea.

    Thanks for this great post!

  • Yep, great product idea. The product is already available – on the market for over three years and saving lives. Go to rescuestick.com The licensee is Mustang Survival.

    I’m the inventor, Michael Summers – patents US Pat. 7128629 – Filed Feb 27, 2006 – almost lost my son in a rip tide and developed the product. The product has won national innovation awards from the National Marine Manufacturers Assoc and the International Police Chiefs Assoc.

    Great minds think a like!

  • socalsurfer92122 says:

    i dont get how this is different from other life vests or rescue rings on the market today? also what is the point if you cannot strap it to you. what if the person becomes unconscious and cannot hold the tube anymore?

  • socalsurfer92122 says:

    i dont get how this is different from other life vests or rescue rings on the market today? also what is the point if you cannot strap it to you. what if the person becomes unconscious and cannot hold the tube anymore?

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