Apollo-era life rafts save sailors.
While NASA was working on its rescue raft designs, inventor Jim Givens was similarly at work, designing a canopied raft with a hemispheric ballast chamber capable of withstanding the strongest winds and waves.
Givens Marine Survival Co. Inc. now manufactures and markets the rescue rafts—under the name Givens Buoy Life Raft.
This space-age technology is credited with saving the lives of over 450 seamen.
In this photo: Apollo astronauts and a Navy frogman in biological isolation garments await pickup from a helicopter.