Reflex Marine Launches Revolutionary Rescue Device

A revolutionary new offshore rescue device, launched by global expert in marine personnel transfer Reflex Marine, could make the difference between life and death in a man overboard incident.

The Rob Reid Rescue Device can cut vital minutes off a rescue operation and is simple to deploy. Weighing just 71lbs (32kg) for the one/two man cage and 89lbs (39.5kg) for the two/three man version, the rescue device can be deployed in just 20 seconds. Once in the water, it floats with the aluminium diamond grill base 300mm below the surface, providing a safe haven with easy entry. The horizontal recovery position then reduces the risk of the casualty going into shock while being lifted back on board. The speed of deployment and recovery may eliminate the need to launch a rescue craft.

Open ended and compact for easy storage, the low maintenance device has been extensively tested in Peterhead Harbour and at Lowestoft Nautical College where the tests were witnessed by the Sea Fisheries Industries Authority (SFIA), the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Currently used in the fishing industry, as well as by ferry operators and lifeboats, the Rob Reid Rescue Device won a prestigious Safety at Sea award last year, and is being introduced to the offshore oil and gas industry by Reflex Marine.

The company, which has set the standard for moving people safely by crane offshore over the last 10 years, has identified considerable interest in the rescue device from support vessels and Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel operators.

Philip Strong, the managing director of Reflex Marine, said: "Man overboard incidents, due to such factors as over-side work, low rails, fatigue and vessel motion, are one of the main reasons for the loss of life at sea, and inadequate rescue means are a key factor.

"The Rob Reid Rescue Device is a breakthrough concept in this field. It allows for simple operation and rapid deployment, creates a secure environment for the man overboard, provides fast and effective recovery and avoids close in and potentially dangerous vessel manoeuvres.

"It has been deployed in a wide range of applications, including ferries, pilot vessels, trawlers and harbour tugs. We are confident that it will have a pivotal role to play in the oil and gas industry too."

Reflex Marine provides innovative and risk focused solutions for offshore operators, delivering value to its clients by setting the highest possible standards for sea access to offshore installations and vessels. Established in 1992, Reflex Marine's first target was to raise the standard for one of the most important, and yet often neglected, areas of offshore operations - the safe transfer of personnel. Reflex Marine places great emphasis on development and innovation. At present the company is continuing to focus on marine transfer devices, marine personnel access systems and marine safety devices. Over the past 12 months Reflex Marine has developed several new concept designs and already filed for two new patents. Reflex Marine is totally committed to providing the highest quality products, services, training and operational support.

Reflex Marine set out to produce an innovative product, which would address the safety issues concerned with transferring personnel in a marine environment, resulting in the Frog. Not only did the Frog address these issues; it raised the levels of personnel transfer safety to previously unobtainable levels. The Frog demonstrates Reflex's commitment to safety, quality and functional design. Reflex also provides levels of operational support and service levels unprecedented in this area.

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