Using a NOFI LIFEboom rescue system, two persons with only one boat can deploy a rescue boom with mini rafts for several hundred people in a few minutes. The NOFI LIFEboom has a normal capacity of 356 persons, and a length of up to 810 metres.
In case of accidents on water, such as an emergency passenger aircraft landing or a capsized ferry, many people will end up in the water at the same time. In such incidents, the demand for capacity and efficiency of the rescue operation is high. The NOFI LIFEboom rescue system offers high capacity and rapid response. The rescue system is deployed from land, towed to the incident scene, and the rescue boom is deployed around the casualties.
The rescue boom consists of a "chain" of mini rafts (floatation aids). The mini rafts are connected with a rope to a common (sinking) main line. Each mini raft has two separate floats with a buoyancy of 440 N, with a capacity of up to four adults. The sinking main line lies two metres under the water surface, so that rescue boats can safely manoeuvre between the mini rafts. The mini rafts can easily be disconnected from the main line, so that one individual raft can paddle to assist others or to get to safety. The mini rafts are fluorescent red coloured and fitted with reflective bands.
The NOFI LIFEboom can be stored at the quay area for immediate deployment or stored in a warehouse and transported by forklift to the deployment site, or stored on a trailer for direct deployment from the trailer. Mobilisation time is normally less than five minutes. Preparation, deployment of the bag to sea, and deployment of the rescue boom around casualties, only requires two persons, and almost any vessel may be used.