a raft, often inflatable, for use in emergencies, as when a ship must be abandoned or when a plane is downed at sea.
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How to use life raft in a sentence
In its first-response role, the drone is built to carry and release self-inflating life rafts, allowing people in the water the opportunity to climb aboard and wait for slower rescuers without having to tread water.Flying, amphibious drones may help us fight wildfires in a warming world | Kelsey D. Atherton | December 10, 2021 | Popular-Science
Some people have survived by climbing aboard roofs and using them as makeshift life rafts.
At London’s Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition, Portugal- and UK-based drone company Tekever announced September 14 that its AR5 drone can now carry and deploy self-inflating life rafts to assist in water rescue.This drone knows precisely where to drop a life-saving raft | Kelsey D. Atherton | September 24, 2021 | Popular-Science
In June, for example, a helicopter out of Massachusetts grabbed three people off a life raft after their fishing boat sank near Montauk Point, New York.What it’s like to rescue someone at sea from a Coast Guard helicopter | Rob Verger | July 20, 2021 | Popular-Science
Mooney quickly inflated his life raft, sent out an SOS signal and drifted for fourteen days before he was rescued.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother | Justin Jones | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For now, Clinton is popular, a Democratic icon, and Obama is relying on him for a life raft in the current storm.The Dance of Bubba and Obama—and How It Helps Hillary | Eleanor Clift | November 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
His life raft was attacked by sharks and shot at by Japanese aircraft during 47 days adrift at sea.
Let these eight Wordbirds-for-the-Shutdown serve as a linguistic life raft to float you to safe harbor.
But as much as the hurricane has dominated the news, not everyone is in need of a life raft.Romney Stranded as Christie, Obama Team Up After Hurricane Sandy | Howard Kurtz | November 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Russ pointed to a long lifeboat covered with canvas which lay some distance from the life-raft.Six Little Bunkers at Mammy June's | Laura Lee Hope
He had been shot down over the Mediterranean Sea and had floated for several days in his life raft near the coast of Italy.The Biography of a Rabbit | Roy Benson
I'd have shared my life raft with any poor devil the same as I did with you.Dave Dawson at Truk | Robert Sydney Bowen
That shuttle pilot was found in a routine check, stowed away on the life raft.Badge of Infamy | Lester del Rey
The ejection of the life raft must have caused the thump he'd heard before he was cast adrift.Badge of Infamy | Lester del Rey
British Dictionary definitions for life raft
a raft for emergency use at sea
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