With floods, tsunamis, and superstorms on the rise all around the world, search and rescue (SAR) teams began looking for a way to enhance efficiency and avert losses during natural disasters. The ‘Air Rope’ SAR device is an inflatable rescue tunnel that can be deployed during floods.
Conceptualized by Red Dot Award winning designers Lee Yong Ho, Lee Jee Won and Lee Juan, the Air Rope is safer than the rope pulley system currently used. Air is pumped into a doughnut-shaped fabric tube that expands into a round tunnel. Aluminium alloy, which is light and strong, is used for the metal components. The tube can easily be folded and packed into its storage container when the air is deflated.