According to WHO (World Health Organization), about 327,000 people die from drowning every year. Included in that statistics are people who are strong swimmers but who still succumb due to various reasons including fatigue and strong currents. Kingii, a small flotation device that is worn on the wrist, could have easily saved many of those lives.
Invented by Tom Agapiades who lost a dear friend through drowning, the device is designed to be worn on the wrist and to be as unintrusive as possible for a wide range of water activities like swimming, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking or even fishing. Inside, is an inflatable bag that can be quickly inflated using a canister of compressed CO2. The buoyancy produced is strong enough to support an adult of up to 130 kg/285 lbs.
The compressed CO2 cannister is replaceable, therefore Kingii can be activated and reused over and over again. When activated, the wearer’s hand and face is instantly pulled up to the water surface. The brightly colored inflation bag helps to attract attention. In addition, an attached whistle can be used to attract further attention while a built-in compass lets you get your bearings.
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Kingii is not meant to be a replacement for a life jacket but as additional protection against drowning. Unfortunately, most drowning victims had access to a life jacket but chose not to wear one. By being light, comfortable and unobtrusive, the chances of someone wearing a Kingii while spending time in or around water is much higher. Kingii is designed to fit both adults and children.
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