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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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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.

Click "Continue Reading" to see video of Captain Merrill discussing how they plan to use their new Pro 4 ROV.

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Aug
26

AUGUST 27, 2015 - Earth Resource Group Recovers Lake Mead Drowning Victim with VideoRay Pro 4 ROV

AUGUST 27, 2015 - Earth Resource Group Recovers Lake Mead Drowning Victim with VideoRay Pro 4 ROV

Victim Pulled from 279 Ft of Water in Lake's Virgin Basin

Earth Resource Group (ERG) recently used a VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) during a drowning victim recovery in Lake Mead. The victim was pulled from the Virgin Basin on the second search day using a homemade snare assembly attached to the VideoRay ROV's manipulator arm.

The victim, James Schafer, was reported missing after his vessel was found unattended near Middle Point Island. The search team from ERG and the Lake Mead Interagency Communications Center was able to use a GPS unit onboard the boat to track its movements, which led them to the Virgin Basin.

ERG has used their VideoRay Pro 4 ROV and homemade snare assembly to recover multiple victims in the Nevada region, including one from 340 ft of water last August.

For more information on Earth Resource Group and their services, visit www.ergnevada.com

VideoRay extends our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of James Schafer.

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Aug
19

AUGUST 20, 2015 - VideoRay ROV Assists Pennington County Search & Rescue Team with Drowning Victim Recovery (VIDEO)

AUGUST 20, 2015 - VideoRay ROV Assists Pennington County Search & Rescue Team with Drowning Victim Recovery (VIDEO)

Body Recovered from 50 Feet of Water with ROV Borrowed from Burleigh County

A VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) recovered the body of Gabrielle Fisher from Pactola Reservoir in South Dakota on Monday. After a 4 hour search, the Pro 4 located her body in approximately 50 feet of water near the spot where Fisher was knocked into the water after a jet ski hit her boat on Friday night. 

Search crews from the Pennington County Search & Rescue (SAR) team searched for her body all weekend using divers and side scan sonar. However, the divers had little to no visibility due to the amount of silt in the water, often having less than 3 feet of visibility. After two days of unsuccessful searching, Pennington County SAR called Burleigh County Sheriff's Department in North Dakota to borrow their VideoRay Pro 4. Once the ROV arrived, they were able to locate the body after shortly before search efforts were to be called off on Monday night.

"[The ROV] saved divers a lot time," said Brian Meiers from the Pennington County SAR team. The ROV recovered Fisher's body from a search area that had not been covered by the divers. Another member of the team was quoted as saying "we absolutely could not have found her body without the ROV."

The Pennington SAR team was familiar with VideoRay ROVs, thanks to a recent demo conducted by Tom Crossmon. Burleigh County sent their ROV and three members of their Dive Rescue and Recovery team to Rapid City to conduct the search.

Click Continue Reading for more news coverage and video from the Fisher rescue.

VideoRay extends our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Gabrielle Fisher.

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Jul
16

Video Now Available: 6 Tips for Faster, Safer Drowning Victim Recoveries with ROVs

Video Now Available: 6 Tips for Faster, Safer Drowning Victim Recoveries with ROVs

Missed yesterday's SAR eWorkshop? Click here to view a full recording

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