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Rescue Basket


An improved rescue basket to be used in search and rescue operations capable of safely holding two adults and drastically improving recovery time in an environment where every second counts.

Rescue baskets are a vital tool for recovering victims who are stranded on rooftops, ship decks, and most notably in large bodies of water. Traditionally helicopters will deploy the rescue basket via cable and hoist, followed by lifting the victim from the ground or water up to safety. Currently, the ability to respond to mass rescue incidents are somewhat limited as the rescue baskets can only safely hold one victim (maximum 300 pounds). Additionally, single passenger rescue basket operations can become complicated if the victim is tall, heavy, wounded, or wearing multiple layers that may hamper their ability to enter the rescue basket. These factors may drastically affect the speed and safety of rescue operations and cost lives.

This invention is for a welded, light-weight stainless steel rescue basket with an open end for smoothly loading victims who are wounded or too large for single-passenger recovery tools, a door that can partially close off the open end for safety during transportation, and the capacity to hold two adults. It also includes a flotations system that allows the basket to float even when loaded.

Technology Category Emergency Prevention & Response
Stage of Development Prototype

Spencer Smith
Riely Brande
Nolan Richerson
Benjamin Crutchfeld
Christian Breviario
Ronald Adrezin
Michael Plumley
Marion Lewandowski

US Patent number US16/368,013
Partnerships Sought License, Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA)
DHS Component U.S. Coast Guard
Contact Information T2C@hq.dhs.gov

For a more detailed description download the PDF below.

Attachment Ext. Size Date
Rescue Basket PDF 1.23 MB 08/22/2023
Last Updated: 09/05/2023
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