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Feb
13

February 13, 2019 - Seventh anniversary of Costa Concordia wreck

January 13 was the 7 th anniversary of the Costa Concordia wreck, in which VideoRay played a large part in the removal project that began in May 2012. VideoRay was brought on to the project through iRov , a Dealer and Authorized Service Center of VideoRay in Italy. The mission required eight  VideoRay Pro 4 ROV systems to provide eyes und...
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Feb
08

February 8, 2019 - Two more recoveries in Colorado with VideoRay Pro 4

​The Summit County Sheriff's Office was brought in to help the search and rescue team of Delta County of Colorado recover two victims that fell through the ice of a lake of on Grand Mesa. Summit County was also able to locate and recover the Snow-Cat they were riding when the accident happened. News Coverage: Fox Denver The Daily Sentinel...
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Jan
29

January 29, 2019 - Jet Fighter recovered from Hawaii's Oahu Coast

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On December 30, 2018, a Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter was located in about 245 feet of water by Steve Van Meter of Van Meter Consulting. Steve was contacted by Parker Marine Salvage due to his experience with difficult missions. An extensive Sidescan sonar mission, lasting several days, had identified 75 potential targets.Prior to deploying his VideoRa...
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Jan
17

January 17, 2019 – Search for bones in Danube waters of Budapest with Pro 4

Rescue organization ZAKA is using their VideoRay Pro 4 to search for and recover the bones of almost 15,000 Hungarian Jews that were thrown into the Danube waters during World War II. The first victims were located in 2011, and now, 75 years and multiple negotiations later, the ZAKA team is hoping to retrieve and finally bury the bones of the victi...
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Jan
15

January 15, 2019 - VideoRay user UW-Tech featured in Mercedes-Benz magazine

UW-Tech , a Swedish company specializing in underwater inspections of hydropower plants, was featured in Mercedes-Benz magazine for their use of the brand's V-class van as their main form of transportation and operation for their VideoRay ROV and underwater equipment. Read the full feature here .
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Jan
04

January 4, 2019 - Victims of snowmobile accident recovered with VideoRay ROV

Crossmon Consulting was called in to help search for two missing victims of a snowmobile accident in late November. Rescue teams had been searching for 6 weeks with no luck. Crossmon Consulting has a Pro 4 ROV with Sonar and Manipulator, a configuration recommended for such tasks. The victims were recovered from the Winnipeg River. Crossmon Consult...
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Dec
20

December 21, 2018 - VideoRay Closed December 24-25 for Christmas holiday

VideoRay will be closed December 24-25, 2018 in observance of the Christmas holiday. We will reopen on December 26, 2018 and resume normal hours. We wish you and your family a happy holiday!
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Dec
12

December 12, 2018 - VideoRay Supports Science in Galapagos

​In 2017, Salome Buglass , a marine biologist at the Charles Darwin Foundation  Research Station in the Galapagos Islands (CDRS is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation) contacted VideoRay about providing ROV support for a pilot study to explore uncharted seamounts in the central region of the volcanic Galapagos Archipelago.  Se...
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Dec
11

December 11, 2018 - Greensea partnership maximizes Defender’s EOD capabilities

​ Through weeks of side-by-side engagement with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians, Greensea has developed new open-architecture software suited to technicians' needs, OPENSEA-EOD , and this software now comes standard with VideoRay's Mission Specialist Series (MSS) Defender vehicles. This is the first time that an ROV has been built from the ...
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Nov
21

November 21, 2018 - VideoRay closed 11/22-11/23 for Thanksgiving holiday

Thank you for understanding. For those celebrating - enjoy your holiday!

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Nov
09

November 11, 2018 - VideoRay Introduces the Mission Specialist Series (MSS) Pro 5

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VideoRay is excited to announce the launch of the much-anticipated Pro 5. This Mission Specialist Series (MSS) configuration builds on the capabilities of the Pro 4 while adding the modularity, control, and power of VideoRay's new MSS technology. The MSS Pro 5 is a 3-thruster system with a forward speed of over 4.4 knots.

VideoRay is running an introductory offer on these systems until the end of the calendar year. Reach out to an Account Executive at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +1 (610) 458-3000 option 2 to hear about the benefits of the new Pro 5. 

Interested in a quote? Click here to be redirected to our quotation request form. An Account Executive will be in contact with you regarding your interest and company needs.

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Oct
31

October 31, 2018 – 11-year-old drowning victim recovered with VideoRay ROV

Armed with a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV with a BlueView sonar and standard manipulator, Crossmon Consulting responded to a call about an 11-year-old drowning victim in the St. Lawrence River. The New York and Ontario Police Departments had already been searching for 5 weeks and were coming up unsuccessful. They utilized a side scan sonar to eliminate areas of the river and a K9 to help with locating the victim. Due to the constant heavy current in the river (up to 6 knots some days) and strong winds, the recovery took longer than expected. Finally, after two weeks, the sonar picked up an image of the victim.

With the currents moving heavily west, the recovery was difficult. Crossmon Consulting was live boating at the time of the recovery due to the 6-knot surface current and 3-4 knot bottom current. The victim was located in 218 feet of water by the ROV on October 19 and recovered by a diver on October 20. On the Facebook page dedicated to the search, the family wrote “Thank you to Crossmon Consulting for their assistance and determination.”

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Sep
19

September 19, 2018 - Two-sonar Mission Specialist ROV delivered to Norwegian Company

Dagfin Skaar of Norway spent 3 days at VideoRay’s headquarters completing factory acceptance testing (FAT) on their new custom Mission Specialist Series (MSS) Defender. The system is outfitted with two sonars, a Tritech Gemini imaging and a Micron DST scanning – a first for VideoRay’s engineering team. The custom MSS Defender was accepted by Oyvind Skaar, Chief Executive Officer, of Dagfin Skaar. This latest customization goes to show that the sky’s the limit with the MSS Defender and future MSS configurations.

Interested in talking about a custom solution for your team? Contact our Account Executives at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1 (610) 458-3000 option 2.

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Sep
04

September 8, 2018 - Successful recovery by Howard County with VideoRay ROV

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Howard County completed their third recovery with their VideoRay Pro 4 ROV.

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Photo submitted by Andrew Froom of Howard County Fire and Rescue

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Aug
08

August 8, 2018 – Dacosmo uses VideoRay ROV to assist with victim recovery in Beijing, China

On July 27, 2018, at 8:00pm,after heavy rains and flooding of the Chaohe River, Dacosmo received a call from the Blue Sky Rescue Team, under the Civil Affairs Department of Beijing City Government, requesting assistance after reporting 3 missing persons. Dacosmo, a certified VideoRay dealer with 9 fully-trained and certified ROV pilots, was called because of their commitment to assist in emergency situations with their VideoRay ROV. Dacosmo recognized that this would be a difficult mission given the low visibility in water, strong current, and muddy ground, but had faith that their system would be successful in this critical situation.

The following day, Dacosmo reported to the Blue Sky Rescue Team and deployed their Pro 4 ROV system equipped with a BlueView Sonar. Within one hour of deployment, the first victim was located via sonar. Divers were dispatched to search within a 3-meter radius of the suspected area and the victim was recovered 40 minutes later.  The second and third victims were found in the following hour. It took less than 3 hours to find and recover all 3 victims. This was the first time Blue Sky Rescue Team completed a recovery with the assistance of a ROV, and both the Blue Sky Rescue Team and Fire Services agreed that the VideoRay ROV is extremely remarkable.

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Jul
23

July 23, 2018 – Baltimore Police Department purchases a VideoRay ROV

After using a VideoRay for a successful recovery in April 2018, the Baltimore Police Department purchased a VideoRay Pro 4 last week to enhance their search and recovery team and improve their efficiency. The system will be used specifically for rescue and recovery efforts in the Inner Harbor, where the previous mission was completed.

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Jul
20

July 20, 2018 – VideoRay ROV helps monitor walleye spawning in Ontario

​With new walleye fish spawning beds being built in waters too risky for divers, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) had to find a solution to inspect and monitor the area’s walleye population. After replacing their hydroelectric station in 2014, the beds were moved and a lack of walleye sightings caused concerns regarding the success of the new spawning beds. Using a VideoRay Pro 4 to navigate the rocks and current, walleyes were found in the area, proving the beds are successful as the new fish habitat.

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Jul
18

VideoRay Featured User: Summit County Sheriff's Office

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The Summit County Sheriff’s Office, located in Summit County, Colorado, first used their new Pro 4 with BlueView sonar, manipulator arm, and a recovery and retrieval kit in May of 2018. The Summit County Rescue Team also received onsite training to get certified in properly flying and maintaining their new system, and their diligence paid off in only a few weeks. VideoRay previously covered the story about Summit County’s first successful victim recovery in a neighboring county in Colorado.

Summit County began looking into updated technology and methods for recovery after a tragic accident in 2008 that involved a resident from Frisco. After a 3-day search, the victim was recovered, thanks to a side scan sonar. The victim’s family created a memorial fund to help raise money to buy a side scan sonar for Summit County. With the use of the side scan sonar, the Summit County Water Rescue Team and Sheriff’s Office had located eight other missing drowning victims, but they were always concerned that they may not be able to recover the victim as the reservoir was hazardous for divers at an attitude of 10,000 feet and 300 feet deep at its deepest point. After a victim was located, would they be able to fully complete a recovery mission? Without specialized equipment and highly trained divers, the dive team’s operational depth was limited to 80 feet. With that in mind, the Team began researching ROV’s to complement the side scan sonar in 2010 and selected the VideoRay Pro 4 in 2016. In 2017, through a Grant from the Dillon Reservoir Board, Summit Foundation (Breck Gives,) and several private donors, Summit County purchased their VideoRay in2018.

“Diving at altitude is dangerous, we can’t stay down for more than 15 – 20 minutes at a time. By having a tool like this available, we can quickly zero in on a body and spend more time on the recovery and less time searching” - Drew Fontana, Summit County Water Rescue Team President.

In addition to the victim recovery in June, Summit County has used their system to find vehicle keys that fell from a boat ranger’s pocket into 13 feet of water, and a 4 hp outboard engine that fell off the transom of a sailboat into 45 feet of water. They were able to use the ROV’s manipulator to grab the engine while they lifted it up to the surface with the tether. Summit County has also assisted marinas in locating several dock anchors that had been missing for several years.

Sgt. Mark Watson of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office shared his thoughts on the value of a VideoRay ROV, “If you have any substantial water in your area you should really have a tool like the VideoRay Pro 4. A human life is priceless. All Water Rescue/Dive teams need to look at how they can mitigate safety.  The integration of a VideoRay Pro 4 into your team’s tools can really help with your planning on most dives. In many cases you may not even need to risk the safety of your diver on a recovery as the VideoRay will be able to recover the victim.”

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Jul
17

July 17, 2018 - National Geographic uses Pro 4 to search for Nautilus eggs

National Geographic has brought a VideoRay Pro 4 onboard for their expedition in Fiji to search for Nautilus eggs. They will be posting about their findings here, and VideoRay will also post significant updates as data is collected. Keep an eye out for news posts around this mission to help protect the Nautilus.

We are excited to be a part of this scientific exploration and wish National Geographic the best of luck with their search!

Here is a photo of a Nautilus for reference:

Photo: National Geographic

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Jun
21

June 21, 2018 - Summit County recovers drowning victim with VideoRay ROV

Just a few weeks after adding a VideoRay ROV to their search and recovery team, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office successfully recovered David Bass from Steamboat Lake in Colorado. Colorado State Parks called Summit County Sheriff’s Office to ask for assistance in the recovery of Bass, who was on a camping trip. Summit County arrived with their new VideoRay Pro 4 ROV and search dog, Recco, just before midnight to locate and recover the victim.

Recco was able to signal a few alert spots and, in conjunction with the “last seen” location, Summit County determined their search area.  They immediately and rapidly deployed the VideoRay to locate the victim in about 10 feet of water within an hour of Summit County’s arrival. The victim was located with the video-like image provided by the Pro 4 system’s BlueView sonar, and secured with the manipulator arm. The body was recovered completely via ROV – the manipulator grabbed hold of the victim’s shirt and Summit County operators used the tether to pull the body to the surface, without requiring human diving.

Sergeant Mark Watson of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office had this to say about the technology, “we have been working for 10 years to improve the recovery process. To have a device that is quick to deploy and doesn’t risk divers has already had a significant impact.”

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Craig Daily Press

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