Water rescue using the MOJE M1


Rescues at sea are different to and more difficult than rescues in inland waterways. The dangerous currents found here are often compounded by wind, and at times by severe storms, in combination with heavy seas. At sea, the time window available for a successful rescue is narrowed further by low water temperatures, very frequently of lower than 16° Celsius.

Where all of these factors converge, only approx. 30 minutes can make the difference between life and death.

Even after stopping their engines, ships travelling at speeds of 18 to 20 knots can very quickly find themselves at a great distance from the site of an accident. It can take hours before the captain has returned to the position of the accident. Thanks to the flashers with which the MOJE M1 is equipped, a person is likelier to be found, even in the dark. If the individual who has fallen over board reaches the MOJE M1 on his or her own, there is no hurdle to clear of the kind typically found on an inflatable life raft. Swimming onto the MOJE M1 between the two outer floating chambers and triggering the centre chamber with a pull to the blinking hand-operated release lifts the person out of the water.

Protection against hypothermia

To protect oneself from waves and spray, the MOJE M1 closes up like a cocoon by means of easy-to-operate closure mechanisms. Its flotation chambers float on the water's surface, insulating the person lying on the MOJE M1 from the cold waters.
The time window for hypothermia that closes in just a few minutes' time for a person immersed in the water thus widens to several hours.

Simple rescue of unconscious individuals

ere we should not neglect to mention that the rescue steps mentioned above always only apply to individuals who are still conscious and who manage to reach the Water Rescue Lift. Unconscious persons, on the other hand, must be pulled into the MOJE M1. This is not always possible with the aid of the inflated centre flotation chamber alone. Individuals with a deployed life vest can be pulled into the MOJE M1 without considerable physical effort. There is room on the MOJE M 1 for both the rescuer and the person rescued.

With the aid of a crane (David) aboard the ship or a helicopter, the MOJE M1 can be lifted to the ship in a horizontal position.

Secure rescuing without danger of injury

The inflated MOJE M1 offers protection against falling and against collision with the side of the ship during recovery manoeuvres. The person in the MOJE M1 is strapped into a nearly immobilised position. This helps ensure safe rescue and positioning of individuals who have already been injured as a result of their fall into the water.

The integrated rescue harness permits horizontal retrieval. Once back on board, the MOJE M1 offers an insulating platform on which to administer first aid.

Rescue from seas, rivers, canals and harbour basins

Here, too, the time factor plays the greatest role. In these cases, there are certain special circumstances that make a rescue enormously more difficult. An individual who has fallen over board on rapid-flowing rivers is captured by the current and swept away. Here it is not possible to halt the engines on inland vessels, or even to turn. That is why an immediate response is required, with the MOJE M1 thrown into the water at once.

In this case, the MOJE M1 performs several tasks at the same time. It marks the position at which the device was thrown in, as the inflated flotation chambers make it visible from a greater distance, and from the air.

It is swept along at the same speed, with minimal lateral drift, in the same direction as the individual to be rescued. This is a very important aspect for relocating the person in the water.

On the banks, or on the ship's deck, the MOJE M1 insulates the rescued individual from the cold surface of the ground or deck.