Dutch Design Award for Rescue Tip Board!
A revolutionary new inflatable life-raft design that enables rescue workers to reach a drowning person faster and offer help more effectively.
The Yard 9 designers introduced many innovations to the overall rescue process, such as a coupled compressed air tank that inflates the raft rapidly and a collapsible design that can fold down to fit in a conveniently small carry bag.
The biggest changes, however, are to the shape of the life raft itself and the tilting mechanism that gives this product its name. In a conventional inflatable rescue craft, emergency workers must balance extremely carefully when pulling a person on board, otherwise they could be put in jeopardy by falling out themselves or capsizing. So the designers altered the raft’s profile, creating a front section that rises up out of the water, functioning as a counter-balance for the additional weight of the emergency victim. Once the victim has been firmly grasped, the rescuer can lean back and use this momentum to easily slide them safely onboard.
The Rescue Tip-Board won in the product category at this year’s Dutch Design Awards, whose jury commended the product’s co-development with all the stakeholders “thereby making it a special cooperation instead of a standard commissioning situation”.
Commissioned by Haaglanden Safety Region