Claudio Rivaroli has designed a collective lifebelt that can be used in open sea rescue operations for migrants: is a unique device of its kind
To create a device capable of saving lives. This is the ambitious goal of Genoese inventor Claudio Rivaroli. In collaboration with the nautical company Propaganda Alcione, Rivaroli has designed and built a simple and extremely fast “collective lifebelt”. The idea came from watching TV images of the tragedies of recent years in the Mediterranean Sea. Migrants often lose their lives because they fall into the water and are unable to stay afloat until rescuers arrive. The collective lifebelt is designed to be used in just such situations. Once launched into the water, the device inflates in 10 seconds and can support up to eight people simultaneously. When closed, the lifebelt is the size of a normal backpack and can easily be taken on board any boat, from Navy vessels to fishing boats.
The collective lifebelt designed to save migrants
The device is made with the materials and technology commonly used to produce lifejackets. Compared to the latter, only the size and shape change. As well as being much larger, Rivaroli’s lifejacket is fitted with transverse stabilisers that make it easier for the victims to cling on and stay afloat. The device is awaiting CE certification but has already received RINA certification, one of the highest authorities in the field of aquatic and floating equipment. The body has certified that the collective lifebelt achieves the functionality objectives for which it was designed. At the moment, there is no similar product and the inventor’s hope is that the collective lifebelt will soon be on the market to save lives.
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