- Retired Fire Fighter Designs Life-Saving System
- Unusual Numbers of Orcas Spotted in the Arctic
- A Man-Made Tsunami of Epic Proportions
Though retired from his position as a Fire and Rescue officer in the UK, Duncan Winsbury has no intention of putting his life-saving skills and knowledge to rest. He’s designed a system that will help emergency rescue workers locate and retrieve deep-water drowning victims more efficiently, using a boat equipped with advanced sonar and a robot with a long grabbing arm that can be quickly deployed at the site of an accident. Winsbury stated that the system could be on the scene anywhere within an hour’s drive of its base, increasing chances of survival according to medical evidence that has shown recovery can occur up to 90 minutes after a person drowns. Emergency service providers from all over Britain will be attending a demonstration of Winsbury’s system, dubbed SARbot (search and rescue bot), later this week.
Two aerial surveys conducted by unrelated parties have noted large pods of orcas, or killer whales, in the waters of the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s coastlines. The first sighting was during a federally-sponsored bowhead whale survey, where a pod of 13 orcas was observed; 5 days later, a team conducting research for oil companies spotted a pod of 25-30 orcas not far from where the first group was sighted. Several biologists have noted that while orcas were by no means unprecedented in the fringes of the Arctic, it was unusual for them to be as high as they were, and in such large numbers. Chasing prey, namely gray whales, further north is one theory for their presence, while some feel it is yet another indication of climate change and ecosystems shifting — a compelling argument for marine protection in the region, rather than oil development.
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