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Sep
04

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

Howard County ROV Recovery with VideoRay

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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Mar
31

MARCH 31, 2016 - VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Locates Sunken Car During Training Exercise

MARCH 31, 2016 - VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Locates Sunken Car During Training Exercise

Mälardalen Fire & Rescue Recovered Car and Drowning Victim First Reported Missing in 2012 

A VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) training exercise proved to be even more productive than normal for the Mälardalen Fire & Rescue (Swedish: "Mälardalen Brand & Räddningsförbund") , when they discovered a sunken car last November. A Pro 4 ROV equipped with BlueView imaging sonar located the car laying on its roof at the bottom of Elbakajen Harbor in Västerås, Sweden during a training exercise led by BUVI Undervatteninspektion AB, VideoRay's Swedish representative. The VideoRay ROV was able to get close enough to the vehicle to read the registration number which was then cross-checked with the automobile registry to confirm that it was reported missing. The Fire & Rescue team then used the VideoRay ROV to guide divers down to the car, where they discovered the remains of the presumed driver, an elderly man who has been missing since 2012. After the police were notified, the Mälardalen Fire & Rescue team began salvage.

It remains unclear how long the car and victim had been underwater, and no names or identifying information has been released by local police.

Mälardalen is the first fire department in Sweden to use a VideoRay ROV for their search & rescue (SAR) operations. Because of poor visibility in the surrounding water, Lake Mälardalen, the Fire & Rescue team acquired their Pro 4 to assist with underwater SAR missions. They currently have two trained ROV pilots on every shift, but plan to complete training for all their staff by the end of summer 2016, according to head diver Bengt Jacobsen.

Click "Continue Reading" for images and news articles from the recovery in Västerås Harbor

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Jan
07

JANUARY 7, 2016 - (UPDATED) VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Assists With Under-Ice Drowning Victim Search in Saskatchewan

JANUARY 7, 2016 - (UPDATED) VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Assists With Under-Ice Drowning Victim Search in Saskatchewan
Pro 4 ROV and BlueView Sonar Search Otter Lake For Man Missing Since December 17th A VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is currently being used to search for a missing man from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) in northern Saskatchewan. Billy Taylor was last seen on December 17th, when he left Lac La Ronge on his snowmobile. Snowmobi...
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Nov
23

NOVEMBER 23, 2015 - Alaska State Police Acquires VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle System (VIDEO)

NOVEMBER 23, 2015 - Alaska State Police Acquires VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle System (VIDEO)

Pro 4 ROV Will Serve the Entire State of Alaska

The Alaska State Police recently purchased a VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle System to assist with search & recovery (SAR) operations across the entire state of Alaska. The Pro 4 Plus BASE ROV system also included a Teledyne BlueView V-130 imaging sonar and rotating manipulator arm, two essential accessories for SAR missions, especially in challenging environments like Alaska. 

The Alaska State Troopers decided to purchase the VideoRay Pro 4 ROV after the ROV's benefits were clearly demonstrated during an underwater drowning victim recovery near Bethel earlier this year. Immediately following the success of the Bethel recovery, the Kodiak Area Native Association began securing funds from government grants and voluntary donations to purchase a VideoRay ROV for the entire state. 

"[The Pro 4] ROV allows us to put a piece of equipment under the water that gives us a sonar picture as well as a video picture to locate quickly and recover those victims a lot faster. [The ROV] can be utilized in summer and wintertime, under the ice or without ice, and in a lot of different currents," said Captain Andrew Merrill, an Alaska State Trooper with the Village Public Safety Officer Program.

Merrill anticipates that the Pro 4 ROV will be used statewide for a wide range of underwater applications, especially drowning victim searches and recoveries. "We realized that having [the Pro 4 ROV] here would allow us to find and recover search and rescue victims a lot faster and help bring closure to families who had lost a loved one."

As of November 2015, nine people have been trained and certified to operate the VideoRay Pro 4. According to Merrill, those individuals will be responsible for both operating the equipment and training additional state troopers on the ROV.

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