(PRWEB) March 4, 2009
Every year international headlines report cases of scuba divers who have been lost at sea. Some of these incidents end happily as in the case of the divers who were rescued from a remote Indonesian desert island in 2008. Sometimes, as in the case of Eileen and Tom Lonergan who were diving on the Great Barrier Reef the divers are 'lost presumed dead'.
In response to this the team at http://www.thediveflag.com have invented a new dive flag that will enable divers to quickly indicate their position to boats at distances up to 3 kilometres.
Manufacturers of the H.E.L.P. (Handheld Emergency Location Pinpointer) have taken advantage of the findings of various official studies into emergency diver signaling devices and come up with a safety device that can be seen up to 3 kilometers away.
Utilizing a yellow flag on top of a telescopic pole the H.E.L.P. is one of the most effective means of making divers visible to their dive-boat and other potential rescue vessels. Though it has the capability to extend to as much as 1.5 meters when required it can collapse down to a mere 20cm and fit into a buoyancy jacket pocket. The neat little device is equipped with a non-slip handle and weighs only 150g. Being so compact means that it can be taken on every dive as standard equipment yet is immediately available to use in an emergency situation.
In the past divers tended to rely upon 'safety sausages' to act as a signal of their position. The British Health and Safety Executive discovered that, though useful, safety sausages have a number of disadvantages in that they are not always easy to use and are nowhere near as visible as the yellow emergency flag. Divers on the surface in rough conditions, caught in a current or experiencing any kind of difficulty need to be collected by their boats quickly. The H.E.L.P. is one of the most effective means of being spotted fast and thus being picked up in the minimum amount of time.
The Egyptian Red Sea is a popular destination for European scuba divers yet it can have surprising surface currents and conditions that, at times, can present a real challenge to divers of all certification levels. Divers separated from their boat by such surface currents can quickly find that they are in a perilous situation where there only hope of rescue is gain the attention of any boat that they can see. Of course, it is easier for a diver to see a boat than it is for the boat crew to spot a diver in the water. That's where emergency dive flags really make a difference. A diver equipped with an extendable dive flag can be seen up to 3 kilometers away whereas a diver without a suitable emergency flag can only be see 200 - 700 meters away in ideal conditions.
This would have been the case when Vladislav Lukyanchenko went diving near Elphinstone Reef in the Red Sea. He was the only survivor of a group of divers who surfaced within sight of their boat but caught in a current, soon drifted out of sight. Their dive-boat knew that they were missing and called in other boats to look for them. Mr. Lukyanchenko told authorities that their group was able to see the boats searching for them but, without an emergency flag to signal with, they could not make their presence known. Mr. Lukyanchenko was the only survivor. The bodies of the other four divers in his group have never been found.
In order for a diver to be rescued he/she has first to be seen. The H.E.L.P. is the perfect safety companion for divers wishing to minimize their risk of being left at the mercy of the open sea. It has been developed by divers with over 20 years experience in the industry and is a real world solution to a problem that can have fatal consequences. Constructed from composite carbonfibre it is incredibly robust so will stand up to the repeated rigors that all scuba equipment is exposed to. Despite this it is surprisingly affordable retailing at just $49.95 and is available internationally direct from the manufacturers website at http://www.thediveflag.com.
For more information about the Handheld Emergency Location Pinpointer please contact Richard Trevithick on 0034 607 369 235