– If you get in the water in the boat, are driving on a reef or have a leak, you are safe.
Entrepreneur Geir Carlsen thinks so about his invention, and it’s his contribution to it boat safety.
– This is a system in which rescue balloons are placed in the boat. They are usually just small caps inside the side of the ship. But Carlsen says these automatically inflate when water flows into the boat.
According to him, it should keep the boat afloat.
Hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean
The founder himself knows many who lost the battle against the forces of the sea.
He has witnessed this too.
When he was 16 years old, he sailed as a sailor. in Bermuda Triangle The boat he had rallied out of the hurricane. This also hit an Israeli cargo boat.
– We managed to save 14 pieces but 13 people died. For me as a young boy, this was a groundbreaking experience, says Carlsen.
Freeze to death at sea
Karlsen has also run a country store for many years. Then transfer the goods to the cabin and permanent residents.
He experienced that the people he sat on the sidewalk and talked to one day were gone the next.
– Their boat sank and they froze to death at sea. a“People were lying in the sea and froze to death, that was the reason I came up with this,” he says.
He hopes to prevent this invention.
Last year, 75 people died in drowning accidents in Norway. 25 of them are in recreational boats.
Don’t see anything similar
This week, the salvage company received an introduction to the invention for Antisink AS.
– I haven’t encountered anything like this, but it is based on somewhat similar principles as an inflatable life jacket.
Says Ary Henrik Stefanossen, volunteer boat driver on the lifeboat in Kristiansand.
He thinks it’s a bit early to operate the balloon, but he’s positive about its future use.
– We have to test and try out products before we take them aboard our ships, not least on board to help others.
Accidents of drowning from a boat
Lots of boat sank
- In the first quarter of this year, 10 people drowned due to a dinghy. Six of the accidents involved recreational boats and four involved professional boats.
- No more drownings from either recreational or professional boats were recorded in the first quarter since the rescue company took over the stats in 2017.
25 died after sinking from a recreational boat
- Last year, 75 people died in drowning accidents in Norway. 25 of them are in recreational boats.
What do you do if you end up in cold water?
- Stay calm and fight the urge to splash out!
- Lie on your back and relax your back, arms and legs in the shape of a star.
- Gently move your arms and legs if you need to stay afloat.
- Move until the cold shock subsides, and you can control your breathing. It takes from 60 to 90 seconds.
- Plan the next step. Seek help, or otherwise inform them, or swim safely if realistic. If you are on a boat or reef it is best to stay there.
Source: Rescue Company
– Interesting project
Karlsen is convinced that this is the future of marine safety for recreational boats.
– The system takes care of you and the boat. You can ask for help from the boat. He says he will not drown.
Magnus Von Porat Fiane, spolice coordinator, positive for the invention.
– If that means we can save lives and prevent boats from falling off, that’s an exciting concept, he says.
In June, all police boat drivers in the area will meet with Antisink for a demonstration.
The product was launched a month ago. The entrepreneur has got investors who keep the project going until they find potential clients.
The insurance company gives a discount
The insurance industry is now sniffing southern invention.
To date, the company has signed two specific agreements.
Møretrygd supports up to NOK 15,000 for those fishermen who choose to mount the balloon on their workboat.
Gjensidige offers a discount to customers who install the system in the boat.
They think it looks like a very good solution.
The concept is very exciting. We chose to offer a discount because we see it as having an impact on customers who install it when the boat is in the water, says Gjensidige Communications Director Bjarne Aani Rysstad.