Air-sea Rescue Device Patents (Class 441/83)
  • Patent number: 8905803
    Abstract: A device (1) for use in recovering a person who may be exhausted, injured or unconscious from the sea. The device (1) comprises a plurality of rigid rods (2) enclosed within a sheath (7) made from flexible tubular webbing. The sheath (7) comprises at least one flange (3) extending radially outwards from the rod (2). The device (1) also comprises a plurality of linking webbing elements (4) made from a flexible material. The linking webbing elements (4) are attached to the flange (3) of the sheaths (7) encasing the rods (2) to form a network of rods (2) enclosed within tubular webbing sheaths and linking webbing elements (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Fibrelight Developments Limited
    Inventors: Anthony James Patrick Hobbs, David Allan Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140284420
    Abstract: An emergency pod configured for use with a rotary wing aircraft is provided including a rigid, generally hollow shell. The shell includes a movable portion configured to move between a closed position and an open position. An inflatable raft is arranged within an interior portion of the hollow shell. The life raft is coupled to an inflation mechanism. A first activation device and a second activation device are operably coupled to the inflation mechanism. The first activation device and the second activation device are configured to operate the inflation mechanism to initiation inflation of the life raft when a force is applied thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Barton J. Hainsworth
  • Publication number: 20140170914
    Abstract: When carrying out a water emergency rescue, to rescue, particularly from a helicopter, a plurality of victims in a wide area of water without any drowning occurring. [Solution] A water rescue device is formed from: a hollow tube-shaped air chamber which is stored in an evacuated state; a gas injection mechanism which injects a pressurized gas in the air chamber; a pressurized gas tank which retains the pressurized gas; and a case which houses the air chamber, the gas injection mechanism, and the pressurized gas tank. When the case is lowered upon a water surface from a helicopter, the pressurized gas in the pressurized gas tank is injected via the gas injection mechanism into the air chamber, and the air chamber is released from the case, expanded in a swirl shape, and deployed on the water surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: AERO FACILITY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Motomi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8376799
    Abstract: A rescue device for marooned victims consists of a pair of holding arms (10, 10?) for holding the victims and a pair of seating arms (11, 11?) for providing seating facility to the victim. A motor (20) mounted on top of holding arms (10, 10?) moves arms (10, 10?) and (11, 11?) in a direction opposite to each other. The two pair of arms (10, 10?) and (11, 11?) rotate co-axially around main holding bar (40) in directions opposite to each other whenever motor (20) is activated without destabilizing the suspension above, wherein the holding arms (10, 10?) are closed in for holding the victims body by the arc or V shaped structures (30, 30?) when the seating arms (11, 11?) are closed in for providing a seating facility (16) through electrical means (50) and lock (51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Jainendra Kumar Singh
  • Patent number: 7695334
    Abstract: A visual locating device comprises an elongate, inherently buoyant, flexible sheet for floating on the surface of a body of water that has a longitudinal axis. At least three buoyant support struts are secured to the sheet and disposed across the longitudinal axis of the sheet such that the sheet is divided into a plurality of sections defined between respective pairs of struts. A light source is disposed on the sheet to provide nighttime visibility to the sheet. A pouch, which receives the sheet when stowed, is configured to release the sheet when immersed in water. The sheet is at least z-folded inside the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventors: Robert N. Yonover, Kevin Dean Schnitzer, Richard James Elder
  • Patent number: 7306501
    Abstract: An inflatable rescue collar is disclosed. The collar is formed of an elongated inflatable cylindrical tube having appropriate ends and which is of a size to extend around the upper torso of an individual. The bladder is generally toroidal in cross-section and defines an open channel along the length thereof through which a web strap extends. The strap is constructed such that it may be cinched adjacent the free ends thereof so as not to bind on an individual, or clipped so as to be capable of applying a compressive force about the upper torso of an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventors: Kenney Joe Pierce, Jr., William David Pierce
  • Patent number: 7223142
    Abstract: A marine assembly which obviates the need for a rescuer to enter the water 500 to rescue an individual 400, and which includes a containment portion 14 which is generally semi-cylindrical in cross-section and which has a first firm portion 12 and a second substantially pliable netting portion 68, and which is selectively and pivotally articulable from a first closed position to a second open position, and a hoist assembly 100 which is operatively coupled to said containment portion 14, and a method of rescuing an individual 400 from a body of water 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Kevin McDonough
  • Patent number: 6893308
    Abstract: A rescue device to be deployed from an airborne device or aerial location, that has an upper portion, with a substantially rigid frame portion, lateral and transverse net members, that are coupled to the frame portion, and a substantially planar sheet member, that is coupled to the frame portion, an intermediate portion, with side portions having vertical net members, that extend downward from the perimeter of the upper portion, and are coupled to the lateral and transverse net members of the upper portion, and also having horizontal net members, that are coupled to the vertical net members, and a bottom portion, with lateral and transverse net members that are coupled to the vertical net members of the intermediate portion. The rescue device may also have a flotation device, coupled to the rescue device, and has multiple lines coupling the rescue device to a rigging plate, and multiple lines coupling the rigging plate to the airborne device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: David H. Hayles
  • Patent number: 6598831
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device suspended from a carrier craft for the recovery of persons or items of equipment, of the type comprising a connection (21) joining the craft to a foldable and deployable pod (20) formed by a framework associated with a flexible support (23). The framework includes, fixed to the connection (21), a central mast (2, 3) connected to mobile means (4, 6) bearing the flexible support (23), to ensure the folding and deployment of the mobile means and of the flexible support around the central mast. Application to the rescue of persons in danger from a helicopter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Tardy
  • Patent number: 6321689
    Abstract: An animal rescue device 10 for suspension from the exterior periphery 102 of the side 101 of a swimming pool 100 wherein the device 10 includes a collapsible framework member 20 adapted to be attached to the swimming pool 100 and having a cross-piece element 21 attached to the upper end 31 of a sheet of netting 30; wherein, the lower end 32 of the sheet of netting 30 is provided with a negative buoyancy unit 13 which maintains the sheet of netting 30 in a vertical orientation relative to the side 101 of the pool 100 to allow an animal to climb out of the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Inventor: Philip E. Fulmer
  • Patent number: 6073287
    Abstract: The rescue device comprises a first sheet member and two second sheet members that are disposed on each side of the first sheet member. The second sheet members are angled relative to the first sheet member to define an angle alpha. The rescue device has a plurality of carrying means enabling the device to be carried. The first and second sheet members each has a stable first sheet and a resilient and thermally insulating second sheet that has closed pores and a third sheet that is disposed adjacent ot the second sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Investment AB Falneria
    Inventor: Hans Svensson
  • Patent number: 6050869
    Abstract: A floatable marine rescue snare is provided comprising one or more buoyant elongate rods axially connected by a tie line and formed in a loop, with a slippage device fixed to one end of the snare and slidably engaged with a portion of the snare between its two ends. The tie line connects to a rescue rope by which it may be thrown to a victim. Once looped around the upper torso of the victim, the snare can be tightened by pulling on the rescue rope to secure a rescue link while the buoyant body of the snare maintains the victim afloat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: K. Craige Kellett
  • Patent number: 5989087
    Abstract: A method is presented for detecting a body at sea. A lidar system provided nboard an aircraft transmits radiation at a wavelength in the blue/green region of the energy spectrum towards the surface of the sea. The lidar system is tuned to receive return reflections occurring over a specified wavelength range. A shaped area located near the body is designed to inhibit any return reflections that would be detectable by the lidar system. The shaped area defines a shape that is abnormal for the area of the sea being searched and defines a size that is larger than the body. The presence of the body is indicated by a null return corresponding to the shape and size of the shaped area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Brett W. Cordes, Jack M. Lloyd, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5797343
    Abstract: A system for establishing a towing connection between a marine casualty and a salvage vessel, characterized in that it comprises a loop-forming arrangement which is held distended in the horizontal plane and which is connected to a towline, the towline being releasably connected to a distending system by a device whereby the connection is released when the distending system loses its distending effect, the loop-forming arrangement defining an open and unobstructed space being adapted to be brought in, over and around a strong structural member on the casualty by a helicopter or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Bukser og Bjergning AS
    Inventor: Gustav E. Piene
  • Patent number: 5779511
    Abstract: A man overboard rescue device comprises a sheet-like lifting harness having an effective shape as defined by a top, a first foot and a second foot with each of the top. Each of the first foot and the second foot including means for securing each foot to a stationary part of a vessel. The top of the lifting harness including means for connecting the lifting harness to a halyard for moving the lifting harness top relative to the first foot and the second foot. The lifting harness in an area associated with the top thereof being formed at least in part from a mesh-like material which is capable of passing substantially freely through water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: Robert M. Davidson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5713538
    Abstract: This apparatus is a tongs-like device for remotely scooping up cargo and personnel, comprising two identical elongated members pivoted at a selected distance from the device's top with a pivot pin. The lower portions are curved and vertical with cushions attached to their inner surfaces to enable the apparatus to hold either cargo or a person securely in place.Each inner lower surface has an inflatable pillow with a perforated spongy cushion attached to it and removable for replacement. The cushions' perforations enable a snatched person to breathe easily, thus avoiding any possibility of suffocation, while being hoisted upwards by hoist equipment. A sturdy net is fastened to the shoulders of the lower portions and draped for the person to sit on. In another technique a pliable plastic sheet, having pie-shaped triangular cuts, allows a person to pass through in one direction but not in the reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Edwin Z. Gabriel
  • Patent number: 5597335
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an air, sea, or land deployed rapid response, self-propelled, autonomous or semi-autonomous marine vehicle (AMV) possessing a pair of extendible hydraulic cylinders encased in a pneumatic inflation chute, with an ability to be directed toward, and to autonomously seek out and recover physically restricted persons in peril from an aqueous environment. The AMV uses video, thermal, and audio sensors to actively and autonomously detect persons floating in an aqueous environment, and can be directed to a person or persons in distress on the sea surface through an aircraft, ship, or shore mounted, GPS linked, laser targeting system. The present invention also possesses the ability to provide life support functions, propulsive mobility, and two way real-time radio frequency and satellite based voice, video and data telemetry with the rescue aircraft, ship, or shore based coordination center responsible for deploying, operating, or monitoring the AMV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Inventor: Richard L. K. Woodland
  • Patent number: 5502854
    Abstract: Floating stretcher designed, in particular, for the recovery of injured persons at sea, of the type including a metallic framework (1) capable of being winched by a helicopter, supporting a panel (2) of composite material ensuring the buoyancy of the whole, characterized in that the panel (2) and the framework (1) are hinged (27, 6) in their median portion, so that the whole can be folded back on itself lengthwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Inventor: Antar Daouk
  • Patent number: 5499416
    Abstract: Floating stretcher, designed, in particular, for recovering injured persons at sea, of the type including a metallic framework (1) capable of being winched by helicopter and supporting a panel of composite material (2) ensuring the buoyancy of the whole, characterized in that the panel of composite material (2) is pivotably fixed to the front of the metallic framework (1) and in that means (25, 34) are provided for maintaining the said panel (2) either in a position inclined at a given angle in relation to the plane of the framework (1) and above the latter, or in the plane of the framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Inventor: Antar Daouk
  • Patent number: 5421287
    Abstract: A signalling device for indicating, by day or night, the position of a person lost at sea (on land or in space) comprises an elongate brilliantly colored streamer made up of flat, flexible, inherently buoyant material with built-in support struts to keep the material at maximum outstretched surface area. The streamer can be coated with any one or more of the following in any combination: brilliant color, phosphorescent pigment, reflective material, or International Distress Signal indicia. The device may be attached to a life jacket and rolls up into a water-release container secured to the life jacket. Upon deployment, the container converts into a sun-protective, radar-visual reflective, and water catchment hat. The streamer is extended manually or automatically and can remain in an outstretched manner indefinitely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Inventor: Robert N. Yonover
  • Patent number: 5320566
    Abstract: A rescue system and method includes a net which is mounted on a bridge or overpass so that it generally hangs therefrom. Attachment ropes are secured to the upper edge portion of the net and to a suitable vehicle on the bridge or overpass. The net has lateral border straps which are preferably channeled so that a cable can movably pass therethrough. The lower edge portion of the net has a pair of hooks secured thereto to which a ballast weight is attached. The hooks have a quick release mechanism allowing the ballast to be released from the net when an imperiled person is in a rescue position adjacent the net. A pair of lifting ropes are connected to lower corners of the net which allow the bottom of the net to be pulled up and thereby enclose the individual therein and also allow the individual to be lifted out of the body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Inventor: Edward C. Low, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5283916
    Abstract: The invention concerns a new concept for the transportation of injured or stranded people and a new rescue capsule suitable for this purpose. The process involves the following stages. A capsule which can be closed on all sides, and which has an inflatable floor designed to form at least one bearing surface or litter for an injured person, and a roof and walls is first erected. One or more injured persons are placed in the capsule and installed in the litters. The injured person is secured in the capsule and then the capsule is carried away, together with the injured person, using a suspension fixture attached to the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Inventor: Jurgen Haro
  • Patent number: 5086998
    Abstract: The invention relatres to an Air/Sea Rescue Device to allow retrieval of persons or objects floating near the surface of water for use with a rescue helicopter. The device provides for the use of an upper frame which is attached to the skids of the helicopter and a lower net frame which is spaced from the upper frame by a plurality of support bars extending between the upper frame and the lower net frame. A scoop-like net is carried by the lower net frame, the net having an open front end and an open top to facilitate positioning of the retrieved persons or objects within the frame even without any cooperation from the persons or objects to be rescued, and the objects are in full view of pilot at all times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Inventor: Larry Pelas
  • Patent number: 5020742
    Abstract: This airborne rescue system includes a boom (25) with telescoping members (31) for extending a line (19) and collar (14) to a rescue victim (16). The boom extends beyond the tip of the helicopter rotor (18) so that the victim may avoid in the rotor downwash. The rescue line is payed out and reeled in by winch (23). The line is temporarily retained under boom (25). When the boom is extended, the rescue line passes through clips (28). When the victim dons the collar and the tension in the line reaches a predetermined level, the clips open and release the line from the boom. Then the rescue line can form a straight line between the victim and the winch, and the victim can be lifted to the helicopter. A translator (57) is utilized to push out or pull in the telescoping members. The translator comprises a tape (58) and a rope (59). Inside the telescoping members the tape is curled around the rope and the tape has a tube-like configuration. The tape and rope are provided from supply spools 81 and 82, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Leonard A. Haslim
  • Patent number: 4883301
    Abstract: Additional shock absorbing structure composed of separate fluid filled rubber tubes disposed on a base spreader ring of a personnel/cargo net for absorbing shock on landing to prevent injuries to passengers on the net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Assignee: Billy Pugh Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Billy G. Pugh
  • Patent number: 4799907
    Abstract: Survival apparatus for an aircraft or the like. The survival apparatus includes a survival canister 12 in which survival gear is stowed. The canister assembly is buoyant and water tight. It is stowed prior to use in a cylindrical member 16 which is closed at one end. A maintaining structure 74 is provided to normally maintain the canister assembly 12 within the cylindrical member 16. A handle assembly 90 is provided to provide for the manual withdrawal of the assembly 12 from the cylindrical member 16, the handle assembly also engaging the maintaining structure and causing it to release the canister assembly upon application of force in one direction. A condition responsive gas discharge apparatus 14 is disposed in the closed end of the cylindrical member 16 and, in the event of an accident, it can forceably eject the canister assembly from the cylindrical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: Conax Florida Corporation
    Inventors: Roman Jankowiak, John A. Lutocka, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4753620
    Abstract: Rescue apparatus for rescuing a person in water has a body with inflatable pontoons interconnected by an upwardly bowed upper connector and a downwardly bowed lower connector to provide an opening between the pontoons to receive the person. Thrusters cooperate with the lower connector below the surface, and receive power and control signals to control movement of the apparatus on the surface. A net enclosure encloses the pontoons and connectors and has an opening adjacent one end to receive the person. The upper portion of the apparatus is lighter than the lower portion, to provide a low center of gravity for self-righting if the apparatus becomes inadvertantly inverted. Self-righting can be assisted by providing inflatable flotation cooperating with the upper connector. The connectors are shaped to fit closely adjacent each other to reduce storage volume of the collapsed apparatus when the pontoons are deflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Inventor: Donald B. Arney
  • Patent number: 4690650
    Abstract: A sea rescue kit deployable from a helicopter includes a first self-inflating life raft, a second self-inflating life raft, a line connecting the first and second life rafts, and a device associated with the line to retard the line in the water relative to the life rafts to cause the life rafts and line to assume a substantially horseshoe-shaped configuration around a predetermined position in the sea after deployment from a helicopter upwind of the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Inventor: Larry Bell
  • Patent number: 4642061
    Abstract: Rescue apparatus for rescuing a person in water has a body with inflatable pontoons interconnected by upper and lower frames to provide an opening between the pontoons to receive the person. Thrusters cooperate with the lower frame below the surface, and receive power and control signals to control movement of the apparatus on the surface. A net enclosure encloses the pontoons and frames and has an opening adjacent one end to receive the person. The upper portion of the apparatus is lighter than the lower portion, preferably by having the upper frames inflatable, to provide a low center of gravity for self-righting if the apparatus becomes inadvertently inverted. The lower frame can include two generally U-shaped frame members which are shaped to fit one within the other to reduce storage volume of the collapsed apparatus when the pontoons are deflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1987
    Inventor: Donald B. Arney
  • Patent number: 4639229
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for airplane deployment over water of survival kit apparatus is provided. A pair of deflated, inflatable rafts are contained in a rigid container shell having a removable tail cone. A stabilizer drogue may be used to longitudinally stabilize the container prior to tail cone release and assist with the tail cone removal after release. The tail cone is mechanically released and removed from the container shell at a predetermined time after deployment from an aircraft, thereby pemitting the container shell contents to be removed. The life rafts are contained in the container shell so that one life raft having associated with it an aerodynamic brake is released after the tail cone has been removed, with the container and second life raft continuing their trajectory downwards. The rope joining the two life rafts is continuously payed out as the first left raft falls to the water and the container with the second life raft therein continues its trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1987
    Assignee: Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada
    Inventors: David A. Wright, David B. Webb
  • Patent number: 4627821
    Abstract: A rescue device for use with a helicopter comprises a floatation ring large enough to surround several standing persons and a rigid, non-buoyant open decking capable of supporting those persons. A collapsable netting surrounds the deck and connects the floatation ring thereto. The floatation ring has sufficient buoyancy to support the whole device when in the water with the deck suspended below the water level and with several persons standing on the deck and who are partially submerged. Supporting cables for use with a helicopter hoist are fixed both to the ring and to the deck so that when the device is lifted the ring is held a predetermined distance above the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1986
    Assignee: Empra Systems Corp.
    Inventors: James Bradley, George E. Evans, Donald Mackenzie, Michael Marcuson
  • Patent number: 4566659
    Abstract: A pivotable support mechanism for an aircraft rescue hoist or the like. The pright position provides sufficient structural strength to support objects to be lifted by the hoist. The swing-away position provides clearance for access to other equipment without requiring removal of the hoist from the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: John C. Luckachina
  • Patent number: 4564161
    Abstract: A rescue basket structure to be suspended from a helicopter winch cable comprises a cruciform-like suspension frame and a collapsible rectangular basket-like container suspended by cables from the frame. The suspension frame has tail fins to stabilize the structure when it is airborne and the cable configuration is designed to impart a scooping action to the container when it is lowered into water to facilitate access thereto by a person being rescued or an object being recovered. The basket-like container may also be partially covered over its base and may trail a sea anchor to enhance the scooping action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1986
    Inventor: Sally Z. Frye