Sunday, August 11, 2013

Rescue Flotation devices for PPG/SAR - REVIEW


Throws like a baseball and automatically inflates is under five seconds.
Provides over 17lbs of buoyancy when fully inflated,
Inflates to 23" outside diameter.
Ring has three reflective panels per side. 
Breakaway, Velcro-sided storage pouch.
Two webbing straps on the ring for towing. 
Inexpensive rearm kits – Three for $35.59 
This device takes up very little space.  It is just about exactly the size of a paperback book (of about the 500-page range), and very light at 369gr. (13oz)  The dimensions are 6" X 3.5" X 2" It will fit in one of the side pockets of my Nirvana Rodeo harness.
It comes in an orange, polyester, Velcro-sided storage pouch.  The "breakaway" sides allow the inflating device to pop open when immersed in water.  The case has elastic loop, that allowed me to add a nylon belt, (not included) I can wear it around my waist, or with the belt looped over my neck.  
It could also be rigged to be permanently attached to the comfort bars of a paramoter
NOTE: It is not US Coast guard approved because of its limited buoyancy. 
On the plus side, the thing is light, compact, and better than nothing.
$139.00 from Stearns
$50-$89 bucks on eBay.  (I e-stalked them on eBay and managed to pick one up for $39)

Incredibly easy to use, the Rescue Stick™ provides rapid flotation assistance to a person at risk of drowning. Simply remove the baton shaped Rescue Stick™ from its waterproof bag and throw near the person. Once contact is made with the water it inflates in seconds to a large horseshoe shape keeping the victim afloat and their head above the water until help arrives.
Measuring only 14" in length and weighing 15.5oz, the Rescue Stick™ is the most versatile rescue flotation device available. Easily stowed in a boat, vehicle, backpack or by the pool it will be accessible when and where you need it.
The Rescue Stick™ is an invaluable tool for police officers arriving first on scene to provide emergency flotation when no water rescue gear is available. During a swift water rescue, fire departments can throw the Rescue Stick™ to the victim to keep them afloat while a rescue plan is put into action. Lifeguards can easily throw the Rescue Stick™ to someone in trouble to keep their head above water until rescued. Recreational boaters can throw the Rescue Stick™ to a man overboard while maneuvering to get them out of the water.
                Can be thrown accurately 100 feet or further
                Automatically inflates in seconds when immersed in water providing rapid emergency flotation
                Offers 35lb of buoyancy - twice the flotation of a typical life jacket
Easy to repack and reuse - insert a new bobbin and screw in the replacement handle containing

$149 on Amazon
$120-$149 eBay. I've never seen one drop much below that.
Rearm kits run between $45 and $55

If you or your organization is serious about SAR, I'd go with the Rescue Stick.  It's bulkier, and more expensive, (and also more expensive to rearm) but the additional buoyancy could make a significant difference.  The Stearns unit is tiny and compact, however, and quite a bit cheaper in price, and would be easier to keep more or less permanently attached to your motor.   And as I said, it's better than nothing.
If you fly around water and beaches long enough, it seems to me that sooner or later a throwable flotation devi

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