- Wash out a 3 litre milk container and allow it to dry properly.
- Use an oil based red paint (spray paint is good) and paint the inside of the bottle generously. Swish the paint around so that the entire inside surface is covered and allow it to dry.
- Put a handful of sand in the bottle to give it some weight so that it can be thrown and then glue the lid on with a silicone glue.
- Tie a 10 metre rope to the bottle handle and coil it neatly. Use an old shoelace – or any other piece of rope / string and tie it in a loop. This will hold the coiled rope and secure it to the top of the pole.
- Cut a groove in the top of the pole ( slip the shoelace through this).
- Drill a hole about 10 cm from the top of the pole to thread the rope through. Tie a simple overhand knot to keep the rope attached to the pole.
- Make a label with “ EMERGENCY NUMBER 10177” plastic sandwich it ( or put it in a plastic sleeve) and use a drawing pin to put it on the pole. You can download our label from the sea rescue website – type ‘Rescue Buoy’ in the search field to find it.
- Paint the pole a bright colour if you have any paint over and put it up, with the permission of the land owner, at the dam or river where children play.
You can download the Rescue Buoy label here.