Jetcat set to revolutionise swift water rescues

STEVE Jandt's Jetcat rescue boat is set to revolutionise swift water rescue operations if it is able to navigate beyond the prototype phase.

Mr Jandt was at the VMR boat ramp in Cannonvale today to pitch his boat to State and Federal Governments.

The 6.9 metre dual hull jet propelled vessel is capable of turning on coin, is laid out to maximise deck space and is equipped with water level access to facilitate easy retrieval of unconscious victims.

The boat has been built at his Cannonvale workshop.

Mr Jandt has sought feedback from State Emergency Service personnel and Volunteer Marine Rescue crews, who are all in support of the boat's ability on the water.

"We have got such a good reaction to it from the guys in the field," he said.

"It's received 100% endorsement and the SES has even given me a letter of recommendation for the Jetcat."

The boat is still in the prototype phase of it development and will need the approval of State and Federal Government before it is able to augment existing craft operated by the SES and VMR.

Mr Jandt said the boat would not take the place of existing craft but was designed specifically for flood water rescue.

"It's stable, it can be deployed in floodwaters and it's extremely manoeuvrable so you can get it into really tight places."

Jetcat prototype launch at VMR boat ramp in Cannonvale.
Jetcat prototype launch at VMR boat ramp in Cannonvale. Peter Carruthers

"It can be used for a lot of different operational activities and I would like to see this out there saving people's lives."

Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, was at the prototype's launch yesterday, he said the Jetcat has his full support.

Mr Christensen said he had written to the State Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Bill Byrne to ask him to facilitate a demonstration of the Jetcat in Brisbane.

"I'm keen to encourage innovators like Steve Jandt who, when faced with a slowing of work for his custom-designed catamarans, took something he's had on the drawing board for a long time and turned it into a new opportunity," he said.

Mr Jandt has already allowed rescue crews in Whitsundays to trial his rescue cat. 


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