A team of Cork Institute of Technology’s new marine safety device has been shortlisted in the top 20 global finalists for a prestigious engineering award.
The CIT students were inspired to invent their HydroFLOcean (H-FLO) device following the deaths of workmen TJ O’Herlihy and Bryan Whelan in Limerick, who drowned in August 2015 after their work platform collapsed whilst they were carrying out maintenance works on Thomond Bridge over the River Shannon.
The H-FLO device is designed to separate the user from the platform when it is submerged in water.
It won the Irish leg of the the 2016 International James Dyson award earlier this month, and has now made it into the shortlist for the international award competing for the €35,000 global James Dyson award.
The projects will be reviewed by James Dyson, who will pick the international winner next month.
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