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Rockport High School
Rockport, Mass.
Pneumatic auto-deployment system for emergency
position-indicating radio beacons on fishing vessels


The Rockport High School InvenTeam is inventing an automatic deployment device for Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRBs) for medium to large commercial boats, which will weigh between 1½ to 2½ pounds. This invention will automatically deploy an EPIRB 40-60 feet away in the event of a sudden capsizing of the boat. This deployment distance will help prevent the EPIRB from being trapped beneath the overturned boat, or dragged under by loose gear or nets.

The InvenTeam received a 2009 Continuation Grant.