The Australian entry, brainchild of industrial design student Samuel Adeloju, presents a portable system for drowning victim rescue via a rapidly deployed water-activated buoyancy device made out of hydrophobic, instantaneously expanding foam. The sytem allows victims to remain afloat until rescue personnel reaches them and pulls them to safety.
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The easy-to-operate device can be propelled nearly 500 feet and is equipped with a light attracting attention to the victim’s location.
Adeloju takes home a £10,000 grand prize matched by an equal sum awarded to his department at the University of New South Wales.
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