INNOVATIVE: Marine safety has been made easier with the Life Cell.
INNOVATIVE: Marine safety has been made easier with the Life Cell. Rachel Vercoe

Corindi company makes boating safer

MARINE safety has taken a welcome leap forward with the innovative creation of the Life Cell.

Life Cell Marine Safety, based in Corindi, has developed a buoyancy device storing all the essential marine safety equipment in one place and designed to float free from its bracket in the event of a sinking vessel.

Created by Scott Smiles and Rick Matthews, the men were inspired to create the safety device after being involved in a life and death boating accident.

 

Kevin Hogan has announced a grant to assist Corindi Beach-based Life Cell Marine Safety.
Kevin Hogan has announced a grant to assist Corindi Beach-based Life Cell Marine Safety. Rachel Vercoe

The men were on a boat with their 11-year-old sons when it sank 10km off the Sydney coast.

All they had time to grab was an emergency position indicating radio beacon, which made the men realise the placement of marine safety equipment on board needed more focus.

"I would have clean swapped my house for a Life Cell in that situation," Mr Smiles said.

"It will make a difference and it will save lives."

 

Live Cell puts all the marine safety equipment in one easy-to-grab place.
Live Cell puts all the marine safety equipment in one easy-to-grab place. Rachel Vercoe

The business is set to expand further after receiving a $370,000 grant from the Coalition government through the Entrepreneurs program to help commercialise the product.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the grant would help expand the innovative product into overseas markets to improve marine safety globally.



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