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Buchanan man invents device to help limit drownings

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Buchanan man invents  device to help limit drownings

Leader PublicationsBy: Beau Brockett Jr.Published 8:55 am Friday, February 7, 2020 BUCHANAN — Buchanan resident Jerry Hinz watched someone nearly drown in his arms at a New Buffalo marina in October 2019. Now, he has developed a product in hopes of preventing such an event from occurring. Hinz, owner of Hinz Landscaping/Snow Busters in Buchanan and South Bend, created the Cleat-Mate and accompanying accessories. The ratchet system is meant to allow someone of any strength to reel in a person in distress or heavy objects in minutes. Its accompanying products are meant to make the Cleat-Mate adaptable for a plethora...

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Bob Stratton - Service 1 Marine, New Buffalo, MI/LaPorte, IN

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Bob was one of the first to have his boat launched in the chilly waters of Lake Michigan in April of 2019. While working on his boat, his dog slipped off the dock into the 30 degree water. All he had at his disposal was a line which he quickly fashioned into a loop. After some tense moments and quite a struggle, he and his girlfriend were able to get the loop around his 90 pound pup's neck and after what seemed like hours, was able to pull his dog to safety. After hearing Bob's story, Jerry Hinz introduced him...

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