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Solar Chair Lets Disabled Greeks Swim in Sea - 09 Aug 2013
Images of disabled Greeks using the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, at a beach in Alepochori, west of Athens.

Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy.

In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network.
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August 09, 2013
Matoula Kastrioti, 46, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, enters the sea with a "Seatrac", a solar-powered...
ALEPOCHORI, Greece
Kastrioti, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, enters the sea with a "Seatrac" at a beach in Alepochori...
Matoula Kastrioti, 46, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, enters the sea with a "Seatrac", a solar-powered device that allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, at a beach in Alepochori, west of Athens July 12, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT HEALTH SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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August 09, 2013
Matoula Kastrioti, 46, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, sits on a "Seatrac", a solar-powered device...
ALEPOCHORI, Greece
Kastrioti, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, sits on a "seatrac" device at a beach in Alepochori
Matoula Kastrioti, 46, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, sits on a "Seatrac", a solar-powered device that allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, at a beach in Alepochori, west of Athens July 12, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT)
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August 09, 2013
The rails of the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter...
ALEPOCHORI, Greece
The rails of the "Seatrac" device are seen in the sea at a beach in Alepochori
The rails of the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, are seen in the sea at a beach in Alepochori, west of Athens July 12, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT)
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August 09, 2013
Lefteris Theofilou, 52, who suffers from paraplegia, holds a remote control that is used to operate the...
ALEPOCHORI, Greece
Theofilou, who suffers from paraplegia, holds a remote control that is used to operate the "Seatrac"...
Lefteris Theofilou, 52, who suffers from paraplegia, holds a remote control that is used to operate the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, at a beach in Alepochori, west of Athens July 12, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT)
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August 09, 2013
Lefteris Theofilou, 52, who suffers from paraplegia, sits on the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which...
ALEPOCHORI, Greece
Theofilou sits on the "Seatrac" device as his wife Eleni holds onto it to move out of the water, at a...
Lefteris Theofilou, 52, who suffers from paraplegia, sits on the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, as his wife Eleni, 37, who suffers from celebral palsy, holds onto it to move out of the water, at a beach in Alepochori, west of Athens July 12, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT)
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August 09, 2013
Lefteris Theofilou, 52, who suffers from paraplegia, enters the sea with the aid of the "Seatrac", a...
ALEPOCHORI, Greece
Theofilou, who suffers from paraplegia, enters the sea with the aid of the "Seatrac" device at a beach...
Lefteris Theofilou, 52, who suffers from paraplegia, enters the sea with the aid of the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, at a beach in Alepochori, west of Athens July 12, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT)
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August 09, 2013
Matoula Kastrioti, 46, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, enters the sea with the "Seatrac", a solar-powered...
ALEPOCHORI, Greece
Kastrioti, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, enters the sea with the "Seatrac" device at a beach in...
Matoula Kastrioti, 46, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, enters the sea with the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, at a beach in Alepochori,west of Athens July 12, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT)
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August 09, 2013
Lefteris Theofilou, 52, who suffers from paraplegia, swims in front of the "Seatrac", a solar-powered...
ALEPOCHORI, Greece
Theofilou, who suffers from paraplegia, swims in front of the "Seatrac" device at a beach in Alepochori...
Lefteris Theofilou, 52, who suffers from paraplegia, swims in front of the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, at a beach in Alepochori, west of Athens July 12, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT)
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August 09, 2013
Lefteris Theofilou, 52, who suffers from paraplegia, swims in front of the "Seatrac", a solar-powered...
ALEPOCHORI, Greece
Theofilou, who suffers from paraplegia, swims in front of the "Seatrac" device at a beach in Alepochori...
Lefteris Theofilou, 52, who suffers from paraplegia, swims in front of the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, at a beach in Alepochori, west of Athens July 29, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken July 29, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT)
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August 09, 2013
People are silhouetted as they swim near parts of the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows...
NEA MAKRI, Greece
People are silhouetted as they swim near parts of the "Seatrac" device lying on a beach in Nea Makri
People are silhouetted as they swim near parts of the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, lying on a beach in Nea Makri, east of Athens June 25, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT)
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August 09, 2013
Workers set up the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to...
NEA MAKRI, Greece
Workers set up the "Seatrac" device at a beach in Nea Makri
Workers set up the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, at a beach in Nea Makri, east of Athens June 25, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT)
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August 09, 2013
Eleni Theofilou, 37, who suffers from celebral palsy, helps her husband Lefteris Theofilou, 52, who suffers...
ALEPOCHORI, Greece
Eleni helps her husband Theofilou to move his wheelchair as they leave a beach where the "Seatrac device...
Eleni Theofilou, 37, who suffers from celebral palsy, helps her husband Lefteris Theofilou, 52, who suffers from paraplegia, to move his wheelchair as they leave a beach where the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, was placed at in Alepochori, west of Athens July 12, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT)
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August 09, 2013
Matoula Kastrioti, 46, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, sits on the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device...
ALEPOCHORI, Greece
Kastrioti, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, sits on the "Seatrac" device at a beach in Alepochori...
Matoula Kastrioti, 46, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, sits on the "Seatrac", a solar-powered device which allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, at a beach in Alepochori, west of Athens July 12, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
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August 09, 2013
A "Seatrac", a solar-powered device that allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out...
ALEPOCHORI, Greece
A "Seatrac" device is silhouetted during sunset at a beach in Alepochori
A "Seatrac", a solar-powered device that allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, is silhouetted during sunset at a beach in Alepochori, west of Athens July 29, 2013. Founded by a team of Greek scientists in 2008 and covered by European and U.S patent laws, the Seatrac device operates on a fixed-track mechanism which allows up to 30 wheelchairs to be moved in and out of the water a day - all powered by solar energy. In a country with one of the world's longest coastlines and thousands of islands, it has come as a welcome relief for many Greeks, boosting demand each year. Currently, 11 devices operate in Greece and there are plans to expand the network. Picture taken July 29, 2013. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT HEALTH SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT)
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