C-HERO innovates man overboard recovery products, designed by a tugboat captain, specifi cally for the tugboat industry. Its system allows for an underway one-person recovery of a helpless person from the water. The company’s president, Shane Smith, was born into the tugboat business and never left. He brings to the company 30 years’ captain experience, a wealth of on deck knowledge, a passion for the water and saving lives and a desire to make a difference in MOB recovery.
The company started with the bitt mount rescue davit and has grown to offer a full product line for all vessels, including land-based rescues. This year, C-Hero delivered the fi rst in industry HR-12 Rescue Pole + Body Sling which lifts the person in water (PIW) in a horizontally seated position, which avoids constricting the chest. This is accomplished with the company’s existing VR-12 Rescue Pole so current poles can be upgraded without having to purchase an entirely new system. Innovation never stops at C-Hero, and the fi rm is currently working on an alternate bitt mount rescue lifting davit that will be completed by the end of October