IMRF Awards About & News Nomination Form Terms & Conditions Categories Individual #WomenInSAR Team Innovation & Technology Lifetime Achievement People's Choice The Judges Sponsors Past Awards Awards 2019 Winners 2019 Finalists 2019 Isobel Tugwell Captain SONG Yin Captain HUANG Zhibin Daisy Gallardo Marine Rescue Port Macquarie Coastguard New Zealand & Other Teams Floating Rescue Stretcher Use of remotely controlled assets in Maritime SAR Clay Evans Arthur Allen Media Gallery 2019 News Articles 2019 Awards 2018 Winners Finalists Media Gallery 2018 Sponsors 2018 News Articles Awards 2017 Winners Finalists Media Gallery 2017 News Articles Awards 2016 Winners Finalists Media Gallery 2016 News Articles Floating Rescue Stretcher - NSRI, South Africa Finalist of the IMRF Awards 2019 Category: Innovation & Technology The National Sea Rescue Institute in South Africa conducts many rescues along difficult rocky shorelines, where any casualties have either to be carried to safety along the narrow coastal footpath, or have to be evacuated by sea. To help with these specialist rescues, the NSRI Plettenberg Bay volunteers have designed a new floating stretcher which can be used over rocks and through surf to extricate a patient who has been immobilised. The stretcher’s size and light weight mean that it is equally suitable for carrying over rough terrain, or for use in water rescues. It is solid enough to be suitable for performing CPR, but is also comfortable for the casualty and has a hood to deflect surf. It can even be paddled to carry two rescue crew, together with medical equipment in swift water and floods The floating rescue platform design incorporates ideas from existing equipment, as well as some completely new concepts. The finished product only weights 20kg and, having proved its worth locally in Plettenberg Bay, is now being rolled out nationally. Video Photo Gallery of the IMRF Awards 2019 Day Or view the full IMRF Awards 2019 album in Flickr.