Homeland Security, Coast Guard Solicit New Technology For Large-Scale Rescues At Sea

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The Department of Homeland Security and the US Coast Guard are researching new technologies to help them respond to mass casualties in open water.

“We look forward to working with the public to help develop their innovative ideas into a practical and usable design,” said Captain Dane Keane, commander of the USCG Research and Development Center. “If successful, the Mass Rescue Device will give first responders additional capability and capability to respond quickly to a mass rescue situation. “

The government wants next-generation single-use life saving solutions for situations where lifeboats on board are “unusable or impractical”.

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They should be able to be launched from the air or from a Coast Guard vessel to save lives in large-scale rescue operations.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flies over boats searching for the area where a boat capsized just off the coast of San Diego on Sunday, May 2, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo / Denis Poroy)

“If a large ferry or cruise ship is stranded or unexpectedly sinks, the ship’s personnel may not be able to deploy the lifeboats,” the USCG said in a statement. “Coast Guard planes or ships could step in and deploy mass rescue devices to the scene to better hold passengers until all can be rescued.”

White paper proposals on “Solutions for a High Capacity Floating Device to Keep Survivors Out of the Water During Mass Rescue Operations” from inventors, laboratories, academics and industry are expected August 5 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

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“The purpose of a large capacity floating device is to keep only survivors out of the water during a mass rescue operation,” said Angela Blair, program manager of the Science and Technology Directorate. of DHS. “The commercial market already has large flotation devices, but these are too heavy to be deployed from a US Coast Guard helicopter or easily lifted over a ship’s bulwarks for deployment.”

The solicitation comes after reports of numerous offshore rescue operations, including several Cuban ships attempting to reach the United States in “dangerous” conditions.


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