ThrowRaft, the first U.S. Coast Guard-approved inflatable throwable personal flotation device, has proven valuable to the Texas Army National Guard, which, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, has ordered 500 units of ThrowRaft TD2401 to be used in disaster rescue and relief efforts.
ThrowRaft TD2401, as well as a Search and Rescue Yellow version, are nine times smaller than ring buoys and five times smaller than square cushions, currently the industry standard, according to a company statement. Its small size allows it to be thrown more than 40 feet in the packed position or fully inflated, and its light weight makes it possible to be carried and deployed by drones, the company states.
Troy Faletra, a fishing guide and yacht captain, said he founded ThrowRaft after his boat sank nearly 10 miles off the coast of Florida and he had to swim 16 hours to reach shore.
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