This is the Ploota, a tiny “airbag for swimmers” that has an inflatable collar that activates when it detects an emergency in the water. If a person is submerged in the water for over 30 seconds, the Ploota’s integrated floats inflate with CO2 and bring the potential drowning victim to the surface.
Comparable to passenger air-bags in cars during head-on collisions, the Ploota is worn like a necklace and inflates during emergencies. Its integrated floats come with a replaceable, fitted carbon dioxide cartridge. It comes in adult and kid sizes and can be used instead of “floaties” when learning to swim.
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The Ploota can also be worn by the elderly or those at risk of passing out and/or slipping underwater in the bath. This “airbag for swimmers” was created by German founder, Rainer Fakesch who came up with the life-saving concept after his family member underestimated the current and almost drowned.