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Every year, thousands of people lose their life in fatal drowning accidents. According to the International Life Saving Federation, perhaps 1.2 million people around the world die by drowning every year.

A Saudi researcher, however, has designed a system that promises to dramatically reduce such accidents and King Saud University’s Riyadh Technology Incubation Center (RTIC) is supporting its development, not only for the benefit of Saudis, but mankind.

RTIC Director Mezyad Alterkawi, announced this week that a contract has been signed with inventor Saad bin Hussein Al-Mashawi to advance the safety and security system for operational use at public and private beaches.

Dr. Al-Mashawi, at the signing, underlined the humanitarian dimensions of his invention, which is also in line with the Kingdom’s nascent knowledge economy. His innovation provides safer conditions of beaches to dramatically reduce drowning accidents through the manipulation of water depth. It can be remotely controlled from several locations, allowing swimmers in difficulty to survive in various ways.

Dr. Alterkawi expressed his enthusiasm for RTIC’s role in nurturing the design into a marketable product that will serve the whole of humanity, and he lauded the support of KSU Rector Abdullah Al-Othman, and Vice Rector for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research Ali Al-Ghamdi, who have spared no efforts to place KSU at the forefront of research benefitting the well-being of society.