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09/01/2005 02:51 PM ID: 49933 Permalink   

Underwater Cameras Save Silent Drowning Victim


In the Bangor Swimming Pool, North Wales, UK they have a camera system setup to detect movement called the Poseidon. It compares the images it receives to the ones in its database of images of swimmers in trouble.

Once a match occurs the lifeguards are paged with the exact location of the swimmer. Recently, this system saved a 10 year old girl that had sunk to the bottom. Within 10 seconds the lifeguards were notified and the girl rescued.

The girl has made a full recovery, and probably owes her life to the Poseidon system. Since she had just jumped into the pool and sunk to the bottom without splashing or screaming for help, the lifeguards probably would have not noticed her.

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Maybe the Poseidon should be mandatory at all public pools around the world. Wouldn't it be great if it were available to the public as well?
  by: Paige5763   09/01/2005 02:58 PM     
Given it's nature I expect it is an extremely costly investment. Now granted, a human life is worth more but if lifeguards PAID ATTENTION then there wouldn't all that much of a need. When there are six lifeguards on duty for a small birthday party of 30 kids, not all of whom where in the water, how do you miss one kid sitting at the bottom???

Yes, it would be useful in a huge, crowded pool, but all it should take in a smaller pool is a few diligent lifeguards. I've met to many who don't care about there job and willingly admit they don't pay attention.
  by: rapscaLLion   09/01/2005 05:17 PM     
I've seen a lot of people do that kind of thing just because they want to, though. It can be hard for someone on the surface and not as close to the person as possible to know what's going on for sure. Within 10 seconds is pretty good.
  by: Fratley   09/01/2005 07:14 PM     
  re: Fratley  
Ya I understand. I didn't mean to devalue the system at all, it's just I have not at all been impressed with some of the lifeguards in my area and where I have worked. A system like that may be beneficial, but we need to have attentive lifeguards before we start installing that everywhere.
  by: rapscaLLion   09/01/2005 11:30 PM     
  I could still read your lips, Dave....  
Kinda creepy.

... and that 1st paragraph is really sorely missing a comma after 'movement'. It reads like Poseidon is a a dance-move, or something, and the camera detects this movement only.

Just being a nit-picky bastard.
  by: theironboard     09/02/2005 09:53 PM     
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