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Posted: Monday 10th August 2009

Balcan Engineering has developed a new compact re-packable lifesaving throwline that can be used to reach those in trouble in water, ice or mud.

At 25 metres long it is incredibly easier to throw that length than any other line can achieve say the manufacturer.

Balcan’s latest model is based on the design of the company’s world renowned Balcan Emergency Life Line – BELL which was invented in 1973 and which uses 40 metres of similar line and remains the only line to have been allocated NATO Stock Numbers (NSNs) by the Royal Navy since 2000.

The plastic capsule in which the line is packed is bright yellow in colour so it can be easily seen on the surface of the water and remains distinctive from the orange coloured original longer version.

“The principle of the BELL throwline is simple, to increase the chances of a successful rescue by allowing faster and easier contact with victims before they are swept out of reach. It is ideal for use by boat owners and users and staff working in any environment around water during construction or inspection of sites or buildings and for helping businesses and industry meet their health and safety commitments,” said John Rinfret, Balcan’s managing director and

the BELL’s inventor.

Many thousands of the original BELL with the longer line have been sold to the police, fire brigades and others concerned with safety throughout the world since the BELL was invented in 1973. Priced at £29.90 inclusive of p & p and VAT it is available direct only from:

Balcan Engineering Limited, Banovallum Court, Boston Road Industrial Estate, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6JR. T:01507 528 500
F: 01507 528 528 Email: Website:

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