Capturing, securing and rescuing – The 3 in 1 system is the first fully integrated Man overboard for a sailing yacht.
- Capturing of people under the shrimping boats principle
- Securing at sea
- Recovering at horizontal position
- Easy handling with little effort
- Useful as rescue ladder
- Excellent design
- Engineered and Made in Germany
- Easy practicing and testing of the application
- Many possibilities to tailor individually
GRM Safety Systems, a German based company, is presenting the ‚Pelikan catch and lift‘ system, a Man overboard safeguard at the Boot 2016, being the first fully integrated system. The trendsetting Man overboard system allows the rescue of people no matter of their weight and size even by unexperienced crew members.
Catch & Lift System
With the help of the Catch & Lift system a 5 sqm polymer net catches and pulls in the distressed person while the boat is still moving. The victim is pulled into the boat by the net while the helmsman may continue to steer on course. Ultimately he has time to steer the boat in peace with caution. Compared to other systems there is no need for a continuous lifeline connection.
The distressed person needs not to act in anyway; Furthermore - in many man overboard cases it is no longer possible due to fainting or hypothermia. An important advantage is that recovering at horizontal position becomes easy; helping to reduce the risk of a sudden death due vertical salvage.
“Being a passionate sailor I know the chances of survival in the case of Man Over Board on the North Sea are relatively low. As a product developer and designer I saw a great challenge to remedy this situation” says Dipl.-Des. Matthias Gölitz Inventor and designer of the system.
My wife and I love sailing on our own in the North Sea. Typically it is two people on board. In case one falls overboard undercooling is life-threatening and survival becomes a game of chance. Imagine a situation where the helmsman has to focus: continue steering, installing safeguard systems, fixing the person to be rescued, watching the drifting lifeline etc.’
This is hard to manage all at the same time’ Gölitz considers.
On top of that there is a huge risk when safeguarding undercooled people in vertical positions. Rescuing in vertical position can cause sudden death. To better understand medical aspects Gölitz interviewed physicians. Their experiences became part of the development for the new rescue system.
The system will be assembled on both sides of the ship.
In case of emergency the red-colored safety belt will be pulled once and the system is ready for rescuing.
Depending on the emergency situation the user has two options:
At Active Boarding the victim is fully conscious and strong enough to use the integrated rescue ladder. The Pelican net provides additional protection against an accident. So the victim may climb the deck safely and self-sufficiently.
At Passive Boarding the victim is unconscious and must be rescued. In this case the savior will catch the spi-fall and attach the carabiner to the rescue system. Now he can start the rescue with the physical support of a winch.
Excellent training equipment
Despite ease use, the handling of any rescue system should be practiced. Skipper, spouse or even children can practice with their Pelikan often as they desire - without subsequent costly maintenance. The system needs no CO2-capsule or any pyrotechnics. It works purely mechanically. Easy to roll up - pack and go.
Stainless Steel, V4A, and high-tech textiles create a modern design corresponding to modern and classical sailing yacht. Specially coated the glossy texture is available in British-green, navy-blue, black, white and grey.
All key components are manufactured and assembled as batch production in Germany.