The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard are exploring new technology to aid their response to mass open water accidents.
“We look forward to working with the public to turn their innovative ideas into practical and usable designs,” said Captain Dane Keane, the commanding officer of the USCG research and development center. “If successful, the life-saving mass device will give the first responders additional skills and capacities to react quickly to a mass rescue situation.”
The government wants next-generation, single-use, life-saving solutions for situations where lifeboats are either “inoperable or impractical” on board.
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They should be able to be launched from the air or from a Coast Guard ship to save lives in large-scale rescue operations.