EEL – The Emergency Escape Light
A Guiding Light in the Darkest Hour
24th September, 2019
The commercial mariners of Australia are a tough breed, working in rough seas, often at night, suffering long hours. Maritime regulations prescribe a workplace that is made as safe as possible, however, in the commercial fishing industry especially, the crew will often face incredible risk factors, including the very real danger of capsize.
The wounds are still raw for those coming to terms with the tragic trawler fatalities incurred in recent years in waters off Queensland, a prominent operational area for Australian Aquaculture. During a recent coronial inquest Senior Constable Hall of the Queensland Police Diving Unit made a simple yet poignant statement “Those wheelhouses are a steel coffin, there’s got to be some way of getting out.” He also strongly recommended commercial boats be fitted with emergency exit lighting. “Unless you have a point of reference ... if you’re in a blacked-out situation, it’s hard to know where you are.. you lose your bearings in a heartbeat.”
EEL is a low maintenance product, its 2 year battery life can be easily renewed with battery replacement at an approved service centre. The unit has a battery test mode, and an LED indication for low battery status.