On Monday, June 11, 2018, the body of Joseph Bennett Fedick was found and recovered after he capsized in his canoe Saturday. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad, equipped with a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV, was called in to assist the Lake County Sheriff’s Office with the recovery. Fedick’s body was located with the rescues team’s Marine Sonic Side Scan and then inspected and recovered with the VideoRay ROV.
The event happened at the Perent Lake, located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). The St. Louis County Rescue Squad was flown in by the US Forest Service as sometimes there are no roads/difficult to access roads to get to such secluded areas. Below, you can see photos of the amphibious plane and VideoRay ROV flying in to assist. The portability and size of the Pro 4 made it the ideal tool for this recovery as it is easy to transport and it is compact enough to fit inside a small plane.
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