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Terrifying Video of a Man Stuck in a Cave as it Fills With Water

I knew I was going to freak out when I clicked on this video of a man stuck in The Tube, a long thin passage in the Lost Johns' Cave—a large cave system on Leck Fell, Lancashire, as the water pours in and he panics. Fortunately, he escaped at the end. Read More >>

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This Firefighter is Writing Google Glass Apps to Help Save Lives

So far, he's built apps that route incoming emergency calls to Glass—providing details of where the incident is, along with maps, notes from the 911 call centre and the like—as well as a "find hydrant" app which, well, speaks for itself. There are others in the pipeline, too, which he's working on right now: one to provide building floor plans to firefighters so they understand where they're going before they set foot inside a property, and another to provide detailed schematics of vehicles so its easier to get people out of them after accidents. Read More >>

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This Drone Could Actually Save Your Life

Drones may sometimes get a bad press as killing machines, but here's one that could actually save your life. Put together by researchers in Iran, this autonomous flying machine is designed to help people who are drowning at sea. Read More >>

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This Tiny Mask Provides 5 Minutes of Filtered Air For Emergency Escapes

In primary school we were all taught to get as low to the ground as possible during a fire, to avoid excessive smoke inhalation. But a fire can also quickly create a dangerous mix of toxic gases hindering a safe escape. A fire fighter's mask and oxygen tank provides a constant supply of fresh air, and that's what the 5aver promises on a smaller scale giving someone five minutes to escape a burning building. Read More >>

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A Canadian Police Drone Saved a Car Crash Victim's Life

Normally drones aren't credited with saving lives. But the Saskatoon Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) reports that their personal drone helped them hunt down an injured car crash victim for rescuing, ultimately saving the poor guy's life. Read More >>

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These Badass Multifunction Scissors Could Save Your Life One Day

Instead of incorporating a useless pair of tiny scissors into a multi-tool, Leatherman has used a pair of industrial-looking snips as the base for its new Raptor tool. Read More >>

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The Emergency Multi-Tool That Could Literally Save Lives

What looks like an elaborate gardening implement is actually a student-designed multi-tool prototype that could serve as an entire toolbox of rescue equipment. One that can be used to free trapped survivors after a natural disaster. Read More >>

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Watch This Snowboarder Survive an Avalanche By Floating On an Airbag

Meesh Hytner was doing typical pro-snowboarder things, participating in an informal backcountry competition in Colorado, when suddenly she found herself in a class-3 avalanche. Lucky for her, she was wearing an emergency airbag system, and lucky for you, there's video. Read More >>

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The Next Time You're Drowning, You'd Better Hope One of These Is Nearby

Dragging a body any distance is tough enough on land, much less while swimming. And the faster you land that person, the more likely you are to resuscitate him. Unfortunately, most conventional life-saving equipment is either slow moving, like kick-boards, or slow launching, like wave-runners. Hence, the Asap Water Rescue Craft. Read More >>

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