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Deadline Near: Help Boaters Become Ready For Rescue


The Coast Guard is Semper Paratus, “always ready” in case of emergency, but needs the public’s help to ensure that boaters are ready too.

In a successful rescue mission, it can take hours to locate a person in the water – especially when they are separated from their watercraft. While the U.S. Coast Guard has tools and technology to help locate people, effective and affordable solutions to better equip boaters could make the process quicker and more efficient.

The U.S. Coast Guard Ready for Rescue Challenge is a $255,000 prize competition that seeks boater safety solutions that will help make it easier to find people in the water. The first phase of the competition, which is being completed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, is a call for concepts. Concepts could include a new or updated life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD), an attachment for a life jacket or PFD, or a new device for boaters. The best concepts will be effective, affordable and hold the potential for wide adoption by recreational boaters.

Deadline for submissions is 4:59 p.m. ET Oct. 15, 2018.

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