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This Tiny ‘Airbag for Swimmers’ Senses Danger and Lifts Potential Drowning Victim to the Surface

This Tiny ‘Airbag for Swimmers’ Senses Danger and Lifts Potential Drowning Victim to the Surface

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.



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.

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