Seaflex Ltd, a company based in Cowes, have developed a 16m long flotation device with more than 60 grab handles. Up to 100 people can hold on to it and it only takes about three minutes to inflate. Quite often unstable migrant boats capsize when the occupants catch sight of a rescue boat because the refugees tend to move to one side. Basically, Centifloats should give the people in the water something to hold on to.
Each one costs £1,500 to make and Ben Board, a site manager at Seaflex, is trying to raise funds to supply NGOs in the Mediterranean with these devices. You can donate here by clicking on the green button on the bottom right hand of the screen.