If you live on the beach, have a waterfront home, or have a marine-related job either aboard or ashore, personal protective and life-saving equipment is critical to your safety, and should be easily seen if any emergency occurs.

Marine life-saving equipment can be roughly divided into two kinds. The first kind is the equipment placed on board, such as lifebuoys and life-saving boats, and the other kind is the equipment to be carried with the user. To better save a drowning victim’s life, inventors and researcher have developed equipment that helps extend the functionality of the current life-saving systems. The SOS Dan Buoy, for example, is a self-inflating rescue device in the size of a lady’s bag that can be easily deployed on boats. However, to use it not only requires the rescuer to arrive at the scene in time and to accurately throw it to the drowning victim, but also needs the victim to have enough physical strength to reach it and hold on to it until being saved. The same goes for the quickly deployed lifeboats and such.

Another type of rescue equipment can be carried around with the user and won’t be activated until a bad situation occurs. So, you might be interested in meeting the SeeArch, a wearable life-saving device that is ideal for fishers, water sports enthusiasts, tourists, and others to take with them when participating in outdoor water activities.

The SeeArch looks like a fanny pack with secure zipper closure, adjustable waist strap, and quick connect buckle. It is designed to be worn comfortably around your waist and allows you to freely enjoy any activities like surfing, sailing, or peddling. In the event of an emergency, you simply need to pull the cord, and the SeeArch quickly deploys a highly visible five-foot-high yellow arch within seconds. It also comes with 3M reflective piping for night visibility, as the most important thing is to help you be spotted by the rescuers at all times.

It is important to mention that the SeeArch is not a personal flotation device (PFD). It’s meant to work with a personal floating device, such as a lifebuoy, buoyancy jacket, or simply an inflatable airbag like the Kingii life-saving wristband we posted several years ago, and add extra buoyancy in case of emergencies.

The inflatable arch of the device also acts like a sling that allows rescuers to get you back on board with less effort, i.e. via a rope, stick, or a boathook. In this case, a victim using the SeeArch could have a better chance to survive compared to those who use only a lifebuoy or a buoyancy jacket, since the latter have less advantage in both visibility and physical strength.

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