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A snow boarding accident that left student Ryan Flynn with a broken pelvis was the catalyst that led him to design and develop a lightweight rescue toboggan--with suspension. Flynn developed the ASL--Altitude Safety Link while studying Industrial Design at Swansea Institute of Higher Education. He recalled that his rescue from the snow covered mountains of the French Alps was as painful as his injuries.
"I was taken down on a sledge which was really basic and pretty uncomfortable which is why I incorporated an element of suspension in my design," he explained.
According to Flynn, rescue toboggans commonly used on ski slopes are less than affectionately known …