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Wearable inflatable SeeArch pops up for open-water rescues

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If you should become separated from your solo sailboat, kayak or other watercraft out on the open sea, staying afloat is just one challenge – you also have to be seen by your rescuers. That's where the wearable, inflatable SeeArch is designed to come in.

Created by Canadian entrepreneur Neil Darroch, the SeeArch is intended to be worn along with a third-party personal floatation device. When not deployed, it sits stuffed inside a fanny pack-like pouch that is worn around the user's waist.

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Should that person fall overboard and not be able to get back to their vessel, they reach down and yank a rip cord on the pouch. This causes an integrated CO2 cartridge to rapidly inflate the arch itself, which pops out of the pouch and floats at the surface – it remains attached to the pouch via a short tether.

The arch is deployed in eight seconds, forming a highly-visible 5-foot (1.5-m) yellow triangle that sticks up in the air above the user. It's made of tough 210 denier ballistic nylon, and incorporates retroreflective patches at the top for night-time searchlight visibility.

Once help arrives, the wearer puts their head and shoulders through the bottom of the arch, with their arms out over the sides. The rescuers are then able to grab the arch at the top, using it as a sling to pull the user up out of the water.


The SeeArch provides 30 lb (14 kg) of floatation, although it's not intended to replace a personal floatation device


Additionally, if the user needs periodic breaks from hanging mostly immersed in the cold water, they can push the arch over so it's sitting flat on the surface – they can then use it sort of like a swimming pool air mattress, so they're lying horizontally with their arms and legs over the sides. Of course, they'll have to get off when they see that an aircraft or boat is in the area, so the arch flips back upright.

After each use, the arch is deflated and stuffed back in the pouch, and the CO2 cartridge gets replaced.

There are two models of the SeeArch – the relatively light and sleek Sport, along with the heavier-duty Mariner. They're priced at CAD$199 and $219 respectively (about US$153 and $169), and can be ordered via the Source link below. Shipping is currently limited to Canadian addresses, although foreign customers can register to be notified when international shipping is available.

You can see the device in use, in the following video.

Source: SeeArch



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Could have used something like this 30 years ago when the a*hole driving our boat left 3 of us divers a few miles off the coast in the Red Sea. :mad_01:

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5 hours ago, Goetz1965 said:

Guess the chinese will sell that for only 99php soon.

Yeah but will it inflate or float or not dissolve in salt water??

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