Jet­cat to rev­o­lu­tionise res­cues

In­no­va­tor launches pro­to­type in C’vale

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

STEVE Jandt’s Jet­cat res­cue boat is set to rev­o­lu­tionise swift wa­ter res­cue oper­a­tions if it is able to nav­i­gate be­yond the pro­to­type phase.

Mr Jandt was at the VMR boat ramp in Cannonvale yes­ter­day to pitch his boat to State and Federal Gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The 6.9m dual-hull, jet-pro­pelled ves­sel is ca­pa­ble of turn­ing on coin, is laid out to max­imise deck space, and is equipped with wa­ter level ac­cess to fa­cil­i­tate easy re­trieval of un­con­scious vic­tims.

Mr Jandt built the boat at his Cannonvale work­shop.

He has sought feed­back from State Emer­gency Ser­vices per­son­nel and Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue crews and he said they were im­pressed with the boat’s abil­ity on the wa­ter.

“We have got such a good re­ac­tion to it from the guys in the field,” he said.

“It’s re­ceived 100% en­dorse­ment and the SES has even given me a let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion for the Jet­cat.”

The boat is still in the pro­to­type phase of its devel­op­ment and will need the ap­proval of State and Federal govern­ments be­fore it is able to aug­ment ex­ist­ing craft op­er­ated by the SES and VMR.

Mr Jandt said the boat would not take the place of ex- ist­ing craft but was de­signed specif­i­cally for flood­wa­ter res­cue.

“It’s sta­ble, it can be de­ployed in flood­wa­ters and it’s ex­tremely ma­noeu­vrable so you can get it into re­ally tight places,” he said.

“It can be used for a lot of dif­fer­ent op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and I would like to see this out there sav­ing lives.”

Federal Mem­ber for Daw­son Ge­orge Chris­tensen was at the pro­to­type’s launch yes­ter­day and said the Jet­cat had his full sup­port.

Mr Chris­tensen said he had writ­ten to Bill Byrne, State Min­is­ter for Po­lice, Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices, to ask him to fa­cil­i­tate a demon­stra­tion of the Jet­cat in Bris­bane.

“I’m keen to en­cour­age in­no­va­tors like Steve Jandt who, when faced with a slow­ing of work for his cus­tom-de­signed cata­ma­rans, took some­thing he’s had on the draw­ing board for a long time and turned it into a new op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

Mr Jandt has al­ready al­lowed res­cue crews from the Whit­sun­days to trial his res­cue cat.

READY TO LAUNCH: Jet­cat pro­to­type launch at VMR boat ramp in Cannonvale by de­signer Steve Jandt.

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