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Learn about the story behind this fascinating photo:

Austin bought an NHS wheelchair for the project and spent months with her team perfecting its buoyancy. She initially designed flotation aids, but in the end found that simple swimming floats worked better. “If you just put a thruster under the chair all the thrust is below the centre of gravity so you rotate,” she said. “It was certainly much more acrobatic than I anticipated.” She modified the heel plates so that they formed fins at the backs of her heels and redrilled the rubber straps to attach her legs to the acrylic “wings” she needed to steer the vehicle.

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