Hitch Will Help Rescue Flash Flood Victims

Flash flooding seems to be happening everywhere these days – across America, Canada, and around the world.

As the temperature warms up and the climate changes, rainfalls become way more intense, and this is what causes flash flooding.

While flash floods can cause tremendous damage to homes and businesses, they also pose a huge threat to the general public.

However a young inventor has developed a very unique and innovative flash flood rescue device that could help save lives.

Michael Mucha, an industrial design student at Humber College in Toronto, Canada, has invented Hitch. The device provides for easier transportation to the flash flood scene and greatly aids a victim.

Hitch: An Innovative Rescue Device

Mucha has spent the last year or so developing Hitch. He has closely examined YouTube videos that captured flash flood scenes involving victims, thanks to brave citizen journalists.

“In so many flash floods around the world, victims become stranded on tops of cars or rocks, and there is no way for them to get to shore, even though it may be only a few meters away,” says Mucha.

“Onlookers can’t do anything to save the person because they’ll risk their own lives due to strong currents and lack of preparedness and equipment. After watching countless videos of flash flood scenarios, I’ve concluded that a victim needs these two elements to survive: tethering to the shore as well as flotation on the way there,” he adds.

So, when a person is stranded during a flash flood, a rescuer ties the rope canister to anything nearby that is solid, which could be a stop sign, bus sign, or even a tree. Then all the rescuer has to do is simply throw the device upstream and it will then float to the victim.

“As the capsule comes in contact with the water, a hydro-mechanical switch gets activated and inflates the folded raft that’s stored inside,” explains Mucha. “A 600 gram CO2 cartridge sends the compressed air into the tubing, and the inflation of the raft pushes 3 shell pieces apart, forcing the Velcro to release.”

In only takes a matter of seconds and a victim has an accessible 5x5 hexagonal landing pad to use on water.

Hitch Is Sustainable

If a victim is in the water, Hitch provides 11 areas of “grab-ability” which makes it easier to hop up on.

And normally a victim is able to float to shore on their own when utilizing Hitch. In the event the water is rough, a rescuer can utilize a mechanical pulley to bring the victime back to the shore line.

What makes this invention so unique?

First and foremost it is very sustainable compared to other similar rescue equipment on the market. Second, it is safe and easy to use and most of all it will help save lives during flash floods.

So, the next time you watch the news or YouTube and see flash flooding rescues, have a close look for Hitch.

It’s a new rescue device that will no doubt be widely utilized in the very near future.