Designed with RNLI safety experts
When we set out to develop the Guardian we looked at the current tow floats and dry bags on the market. In order to gain feedback and improve the safety features we consulted the RNLI, the largest charity to save lives at sea and around the coast of the U.K and a worldwide authority in the prevention of drowning and safety on water.
An incident occurred involving a stand up paddle boarder in Wales who had been caught out by strong currents and was unable to get back to the shore. An alarm had been raised and a search was carried out by a helicopter and lifeboat with faded light and no sign of the casualty. After completing a search pattern and assessing the next strategy, an exhausted, hyperthermic paddleboarder washed alongside the lifeboat. Despite a Search and Rescue helicopter and lifeboat looking for them, they were unable to be seen.
The use of SOLAS reflective material would have made the casualty visible to the Search An Rescue