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Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System: Shoot at Victims to Save Them


One of the finalists in the 2010 James Dyson Awards, the Longreach Buoyancy System by Samuel Adeloju makes being a lifeguard a hundred times cooler. It’s essentially a bazooka that shoots an expanding buoyancy device. Of course there’s also the life-saving aspect – using Longreach, a (skilled) user can launch a buoyancy device to a distance of almost 500 ft.

longreach buoyancy deployment concept by Samuel Adeloju

According to Sahara Reports, Adeloju won AU$16,000 (appx. $16,400 USD) for his concept. The article also stated that it is likely that the concept will be turned into an actual product. Here’s the life-saving weapon in action:

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You wouldn’t want to hit your target spot on with the Longreach though, or else you might do more harm than good.

[James Dyson Award via Instash]


Comments (4):

  1. Anonymous says:

    Just don’t hit the drowning victim and knock them out ;)

    • technabob says:

      Yeah, this thing just seems like an accident waiting to happen. On the other hand, I’ve never seen anyone knocked out by one of those t-shirt cannons at a ball game.

  2. Could be a good idea if the “shell” automatically sought heat sources and recognised shapes like human bodies

  3. markus says:

    this has been done on a tv show over a year ago…

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