Lifesaver Bazooka

The Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System is a gadget in development that fires a buoyant life preserver at people stranded in the water up to 150 meters away:

Longreach is also equipped with Para-Flares for night-time Illumination. Longreach is designed to be simple to manufacture and easy to handle. Ideally used by emergency services personnel or a ship’s crew, Longreach has the potential to significantly reduce the number of drownings at sea.

Video at the link. via GearFuse | Photos: Dyson Award

Kind of a cousin of the Lyle gun! We have one at the Ranger Station in the park where I work. It looks just like a miniature cannon. They were used by the US Life-Saving Service (later to become the Coast Guard) to shoot lines to swimmers and vessels in distress.
I tell children it is a gun to help people instead of hurt people.
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