|Flood Rescue Hovercraft|
Floods occur on a more frequent basis and with greater severity due to climate change.
Rescue hovercraft compared to boats
Traditionally, boats are used to save victims from drowning, but submerged items like wire fencing, street furniture, and debris (floating rubbish, plastic bags etc) can immobilize a propeller leaving the rescue boat without power. This forces rescuers to wade through sewerage contaminated water risking health.
Hovercraft have no propellers to get snagged, plus have the added advantage of being suitable in shallow water, or areas where fast running water can adversely affect a rescue boat. Hovercraft ride on a cushion of air 8 inches above the surface of the water or land.
Hovercraft can reach victims stuck in mud or quicksand; they can quickly reach victims who may have fallen through the ice. Boats cannot travel over mud, quicksand or ice. Victims of hypothermia need quick rescue and medical treatment, and as they loose mobility, they cannot reach or hold onto life lines. Rescuers should not be exposed to life threatening dangers when attempting to rescue others.
Hovercraft compared to Helicopters
Hovercraft are far more affordable to purchase and operate than helicopters.
Helicopters generate 100 mph down draft winds so require a long winch cable, winch man and operator to reach victims. During floods, many people may need rescue. Flood victims may climb trees and pylons to escape rising waters - helicopters cannot operate by pylons, and cannot see underneath tree cover. During the Tewksbury flood of 2007, a victim died because the rescue helicopter could not locate him below tree cover. Helicopters have poor communications with those on the ground.
Flood waters are often contaminated with sewerage that can cause water-borne diseases, such as typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis and hepatitis A. Also Vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue and dengue haemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, and West Nile Fever.
Rescue hovercraft can be airlifted to where required, to deliver essential fresh drinking water, food and medicine.
Larger military hovercraft are usually too large to travel down small roads, situated in the wrong location, need specialist pilots and engineers, and are expensive to purchase and operate.
Rescue hovercraft are easy to operate, do not need specialist engineers, are affordable to purchase and operate.
For further information, please visit www.hovpod.com and www.rescue-hovercraft.com/