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August 24, 2016 – VideoRay Pro 4 Explores Rare 18th Century Sloop Washington Discovered in Lake Ontario

​A rare 18th century built sloop, Washington (also known as Lady Washington), has been discovered in Lake Ontario off the shores of Oswego, New York by a team of shipwreck explorers. Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski, and Roland Stevens. The team used a VideoRay Pro 4 to explore the shipwreck.

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Shipwreck World

Fox News: [article]   [interview]

Newsday (video)

Washington Times

Wall Street Journal

CNN (video)\

CBC (video)

Sloop Washington - bow to mid-ship Roger Pawlowski

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August 17, 2016 – United States Coast Guard Nears Completion of Major Underwater Vehicle Upgrade

VideoRay Equipment – Standard for 14 Years – Now More Capable for Observation, Recovery, and Protection from Terrorism 

VideoRay today announced that the United States Coast Guard is close to the completion of the modernization and phase replacement of the Maritime Safety and Security Teams and Regional Dive Lockers VideoRay ROV equipment. The equipment was initially procured in 2002 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. This modernization of equipment will increase current capability, reliability and standardize USCG equipment to increase operational flexibility and reduce logistical burdens when cross-decking equipment and training personnel.

VideoRays are the most popular underwater robot in the world, selling more units than all competing manufacturers. It dominates the market for homeland security operations and defense, with large fleets in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Norwegian Coast Guard, French Navy, Saudi Border Guard, Taiwan Coast Guard, Korean Navy and the Dutch Navy, among others.



The US Coast Guard with VideoRay Pro 4 ROV systems used for Port Security equipped with Multibeam sonar and hull crawling accessories (PHOTO CREDIT: Craig Thorngren)
USCG launches the VideoRay Pro 4 for a hull security sweep (PHOTO CREDIT: Craig Throngren)

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August 16, 2016 – Learning about Renewable Energy from Goto Sea

​Japan Foundation uses the VideoRay Pro 4 as part of the Japan and the Ocean program for elementary school childern

On July 14th , elementary school children from Goto city participated in an experiential learning program to study about renewable energy and the local environment. About 90 students in the 5th and 6th grades (11 and 12 years old) had the opportunity to visit an offshore windfarm off the coast of Sakiyama, as well as learn from experts.

This event was organized by the Japan Foundation as a part of their national "Japan and the Ocean" program. This was the second opportunity for Goto city to host the program, this time focusing on "Marine renewable energy, fishery promotion and science".

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August 9, 2016 – World’s Deepest Blue Hole Verified by VideoRay Pro 4 in South China Sea

Researchers use Remotely Operated Vehicle to explore and discover 20 species of fish

Last week researchers from Sansha Ship Course Research Institute for Coral Protection, supported by Sansha City Government in south China's island province of Hainan, unveiled new research on a previously unmeasured blue hole. Its depth, measured by the very accurate Pro 4 depth gauge, is 300.89 meters deep - surpassing the current record of 202 meters for Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas. A blue hole is a roughly circular sinkhole. The name reflects the color contrast between the dark blue inside the hole compared with the light blue waters surrounding it.

This hole, traditionally known as Longdong, or "Dragon Hole," is located at 16.31 degrees north latitude and 111.46 degrees east longitude in Yongle, a major coral reef in the Xisha Islands.

Providing technical and sales support for the dive was Alvin, the managing director of long term VIdeoRay representative in China, Beijing Ocean Seeker, Ltd.

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Shanghai Daily

Beijing Ocean Seeker Website

CNN News Coverage

Sansha Government

Guangming Online

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August 2, 2016 – Italian Coast Guard Purchase more than €200,000 worth of VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Equipment

ROVs will be used for Underwater Police Tasks, Search and Recovery, Archeological Monitoring, Environmental Surveys, and other tasks

VideoRay today announced that it has delivered VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs to the Italian Coast Guard, along with sonars and accessories. These will be used for many of the same tasks that the US Coast Guard, which standardizes on Pro 4 systems, have accomplished for several years. A focus will be Search and Recovery operations, potentially dangerous tasks for which the Italian Coast Guard is frequently called upon.

VideoRays are the most popular underwater robot in the world, selling more units than all competing manufacturers. It dominates the market for homeland security operations and defense, with large fleets in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Norwegian Coast Guard, Saudi Border Guard, Taiwan Coast Guard, Korean Navy and the Dutch Navy, among others.

Representing VideoRay in this highly competitive tender was iROV Underwater Services  of Treviso. The managing director of iROV, Mauro Stasi, was in charge of the ROV operations during the Costa Concordia wreck removal project, where VideoRay ROVs played a crucial role. During this operation, over 50,000 hours of video were orded by the VideoRay fleet over two years, with most operations running 24 hours a day.


Costa Concordia VideoRay News Story

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July 28, 2016 - VideoRay makes public $1M award by Indian Navy

​ Customized Mission Specialist Systems to be used to underwater security teams 

VideoRay announced a contract was awarded in the first quarter of 2016 with the Indian Navy. This contract was the result of a highly competitive procurement process for a fully upgradable Military Configured Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) to the Indian Navy to meet the requirements of underwater inspection and repairs, underwater bottom surveys, hydrographic reconnaissance, and the defence of Indian Navy maritime assets, as well as conduct underwater victim rescue and recovery, defend territorial seas, deter underwater swimmer intrusive or aggressive acts, conduct maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), and ensure safe rite of passage and protection of maritime assets. The vehicles VideoRay will provide represent state of the art for these tasks, and will be based on VideoRay's new Mission Specialist platforms.

VideoRays are the most popular underwater robot in the world, selling more units than all competing manufacturers. It dominates the market for homeland security operations and defense, with large fleets in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Norwegian Coast Guard, Saudi Border Guard, Taiwan Coast Guard, Korean Navy and the Dutch Navy, among others. The Indian Navy systems will be more customizable and capable than any competitive system, due to the unique capabilities inherent in the Mission Specialist Architecture.

Representing VideoRay in India during the procurement process was Pan India Consultants Pvt. Ltd., a dominant player in India cutting edge solutions for difficult underwater tasks. VideoRay is proud to partner with Pan India on this major procurement.


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July 26, 2016 - Expert VideoRay Operator uses Pro 4 to find Locomotive missing since June of 1910

Boulders on track caused wreck to tumble into depths over 200 feet; pictures and video show remarkable preservation

This story starts over a hundred years ago when a steam locomotive, a tender, and two box cars hit rock fall debris and fell off a Cliffside rail into Lake Superior. Three crew members died in the accident, but the missing rail equipment was not found until 2014, where one of the box cars was located by Terry Irvine of Ingersoll, PN, Paul Turpin of Discovery Charters in Rossport, ON and Bob Krause of Schreiber, ON. They vowed to return and continue to search, and two years later they did. On July 22nd, Tom Crossmon of Duluth, MN offered his 24 foot Lake Assault boat, ROV, and considerable ROV experience to a crew that also consisted of Ron Benson, Todd Janquart, Dave Schlenker, and Mac Schlenker. Tom's VideoRay Pro 4 ROV could spend unlimited time at any depth that the search would require, and was equipped with imaging sonar. This high tech search tool, combined with Tom's skill and a bit of luck, allowed him to located the locomotive and the remaining cars, and to image them along with the divers after the location was determined.

Recounting his experience, Tom noted "I was blown away to be the first person in 106 years to see this train as were the others on the boat with me." There are plans to return to the wreck site in August to do more documentation of the remarkably good condition it is in.

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July 19, 2016 - VideoRay Wins $1.5M USD Order from French Navy for Autonomous ROV Systems

Copilot RI Equipped Pro 4s use Dynamic Positioning Software From SEEBYTE for Mine Countermeasures

Pottstown,PA - VideoRay today announced that it has received an order for multiple Copilot RI Systems from the French Navy. These specialized systems, based on the VideoRay Pro 4 ROV with multi-beam sonar and Doppler velocity log positioning, are used to locate, re-acquire, and identify a range of underwater targets and explosive devices. SeeByte software makes this difficult operation easy, with minimal training compared to operations with less capable systems. The order was placed through NEOTEK, VideoRay's authorized business partner in France.

VideoRays are the most popular underwater robot in the world, selling more units than all competing manufacturers. It dominates the market for homeland security operations and defense, with large fleets in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Norwegian Coast Guard, Saudi Border Guard, Taiwan Coast Guard, Korean Navy and the Dutch Navy, among others.

SeeByte, a subsidiary of Battelle, provides products and services to major government and commercial clients around the world. Battelle is a leader in maritime technologies, enabling rapid development and deployment of solutions for government and industry. CoPilot is the world's most advanced, easy-to-use, plug-and play software, and makes piloting an ROV a much simpler task. CoPilot assists EOD teams in a variety of applications - from re-acquiring and identifying targets, to salvage missions - so EOD teams can easily navigate a small compact vehicle through dangerous environments.

NEOTEK has more than 20 years of experience in the marine and defense industries and offers products which meet a high quality standard. VideoRay is proud to have partnered with NEOTEK throughout the lengthy evaluation and acquisition process.

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VideoRay Newsletter Q3 2016: The Mission Specialist Series Arrives

Modular Components Enable Optimized Vehicle Configurations for Specific Applications


VideoRay is rolling out two initial MSS vehicle configurations optimized for two specific job requirements. Each vehicle uses the same core modular components (cameras, lights, thrusters, etc.), but operating environment and mission payload requirements quite literally "shape" each vehicle.


Mission Specialist: Caviblaster Configuration

The first system is used for subsea cleaning with a Cavidyne Caviblaster, an innovative and ideal solution for many applications where growth of barnacles, other sea life, or corrosion need to be removed from underwater infrastructure, such as weld seams on offshore rigs, or vessel hulls. The system is based on the principles of cavitation, when collapsing bubbles generated by a proprietary system create a vacuum that quickly and safely removes fouling materials. There are several advantages of this system over conventional high pressure blasting, grit blasters, barnacle blasters or brush cleaning:

The lance is balanced and designed for the VideoRay MSS system, the ROV controls are not impacted when the Caviblaster is in use.

The lance grip nozzle system is compact, enabling cleaning of geometrically complex surfaces.

All types of marine growth, from seaweed to hard well-attached barnacles, are easily removed, with only one pass, saving time and money.

Surfaces with paint, varnish or anti-fouling coatings are not disturbed when cleaned, and heavy metals or other contaminants are not released into the water.

The cavitation system leaves a smooth surface that retards biological growth and decreases cleaning frequency.

Caviblasting system components are similar to pressure washing systems, however the system uses nozzle with a cavitational water plume. The cavitation plume is powerful enough to clean any surface, while and at the same time it does not damage painted surfaces. A topside compressor, powered by electricity, gasoline, or diesel delivers high pressure water to a lance that generates the cavitation. VideoRay's Mission Specialist system delivers the lance to the surface to be cleaned, as a topside operator maneuvers it and confirms cleaning progress. The Mission Specialist approach is much more efficient and effective than bolting a cleaning lance to an existing remotely operated vehicle and attempting to compensate or alleviate the problems that result from this mismatch of form factor and hydrodynamics. The Mission Specialist Caviblasting system use a balanced and efficient cavitation plume to perform specialized underwater cleaning jobs.

Since working conditions offshore or other areas that are hard to access, a smaller portable vehicle is highly preferred. VideoRay's Caviblaster configuration optimizes the placement of the Caviblaster tool for handling and hydrodynamics, and allows the lance to be adjusted for different conditions and phases of a cleaning job. The camera is placed so it has a good view of the working area. The overall system is as lightweight and portable as possible while still being able to operate with a significant payload in currents.


Mission Specialist: Aquaculture Inspection Configuration

The aquaculture inspection requirements range from simple visual inspections near the surface in complex areas with strong currents to fully instrumented inspections of deep moorings. VideoRay developed a MSS configuration to address these tasks. The system includes the following:

  • Mission Specialist 6 thruster vehicle with 4 vectored and 2 vertical thrusters
  • A BlueView 900-130 multibeam sonar
  • An Applied Acoustics Easy Track USBL System integrated with the vessel's navigation system
  • A rotating manipulator with 5 interchangeable heads
  • Two HD cameras
  • A MacArtney electric winch

The ROV system has about 60 lbs of thrust which allows it to work in strong currents. A quick release payload package skid which houses the sonar, manipulator, positioning beacon and auxiliary camera allow for rapid change from one configuration to the other, saving time and eliminating the drag and weight of unnecessary accessories.


Our team at VideoRay are working on new configurations which will be announced in the near future.


Visit the VideoRay Mission Specialist section of the website.


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July 13, 2016 - Clinton Marine Survey Select VideoRay

VideoRay and BUVI VideoRay Sweden Welcome Clinton Marine Survey as a VideoRay Customer

Clinton Marine and BUVI recover a missing transponder during a training exercise.

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VideoRay Newsletter Q3 2016: Pro 4 Full Qualified and Certified IP65 Topside

Many underwater vehicle missions – particularly in the defense and first responder sectors, require operations from small, open boats in high seas or heavy rain. VideoRay is now delivering Pro 4 topside control panels that are fully qualified and certified IP65 compliant – which means they are certified to operate in these conditions. This includes compliance of all interconnected components during operation - most IP65 ROV systems from competitors (including laptops) are only compliant if they are operated stand alone on internal batteries. IP65 compliance delivers all-weather and small unprotected vessel operational capabilities – in fact VideoRays are the only systems that can handle active operation in these conditions.


The IP Code, International Protection Marking Definition


Visit VideoRay website for more detail for the VideoRay Pro 4 IP-65 Control Panel

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July 12, 2016 - VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Used in Search and Recovery of Country Music Star's Son

Body of Craig Morgan's son found after Tennessee River search.

The Tennessean article (July 11, 2016)

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July 6, 2016 - Norfolk Police Department Harbor Patrol Ready to Deploy VideoRay ROVs after Training

Homeland Security Grant provides underwater search, inspection, and recovery tools

The Norfolk Police Department Harbor Patrol recently completed training on over $100,000 of robotic equipment , and completed VideoRay Certified Pro 4 unit training at the harbor. The Harbor Patrol Unit partners with the United States Coast Guard to ensure the safe flow of waterborne critical assets transiting the Norfolk Harbor. Training of Harbor Patrol officers prepares members for natural disasters and terrorist acts. The recent VideoRay equipment will enhance the preparedness of these officers to handle port security. (link http://www.norfolk.gov/documentcenter/view/1003 )

This is the second VideoRay win at NPD – in 2003, the NPD purchased at VideoRay Pro 2 unit, which still functions. The latest equipment includes multi-beam imaging sonar from BlueView Technologies, Smart Tether from KCF, LYYN video clarification, and VIdeoRay's rotating manipulator, hull crawling, and radiation detection accessories. The five day training, completed in June 2016, included operations of all of the systems and accessory combinations, basic maintenance, and techniques for operating in very cloudy water with less than one foot of visibility.

Instructor Brett Kolb, with over 10 years of operational experience in all aspects of VideoRay operations, maintenance, and repair, was very impressed with the six member team from the Harbor Patrol Unit, commenting that they had clearly treated everyone with equal respect, and had gained the trust of everyone they worked with in Norfolk. They were also very familiar with different underwater handheld and sidescan sonar tools, and were impressed with the performance and integration of the VideoRay sonar, positioning, video, still photo, and manipulation functions.

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July 1, 2016 - VideoRay LLC Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

New Certification Covers Design, Manufacture, Repair, Marketing, and Sales of Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)

POTTSTOWN, PA. – Today VideoRay LLC announced that its management and quality control process, after an extensive multi-year audit, has been certified to the exacting standards of International Standards Organization 9001:2008. The certification covers the entire process from design through manufacturing and post-sale support, including both VideoRay locations in Pennsylvania. VideoRay Chief Operations Officer John Vestri lead the effort, involving many different departments and processes.

While much of the certification effort involved procedures and controls that were already in place, there was significant effort involved in developing and formalizing internal documentation, control, and training. The audit process helped improve management and results in all phases of ROV – from concept to repairing systems built over a decade ago.

"Most customers in the United States don't fully appreciate certifications like this" said Mr. Vestri, "But they should. VideoRay systems are tough and tested, and have lifetimes that exceed 10 years. During this period the person who sold it to you, the many people and vendors that created parts and assembled it, and the support person you dealt with may all have changed. To keep the system running as it ages, you need the systems that were audited and certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard."

VideoRay's Vice President of Sales, Chris Gibson, furthered the point. "We're one of the only companies in this business – probably the only one at our vehicle size and price point – to refurbish systems that are 5 or 6 years old, then sell them for close to their original sales price. Initial Quality Control – something we measure as part of the ISO 9001:2008 process – is also crucial. Our warranty calls for the first six months are pretty low, and have declined steadily over the last six months. I'm certain our customers have the lowest maintenance and repair costs per hour of service in our industry – by a wide margin."

VideoRay's ISO9001:2008 Auditing company was Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc. of Troy, Michigan

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ABOUT VIDEORAY LLC

Located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, VideoRay is the largest volume producer of ROVs in the world. Since the company's founding in 1999, more than 3,500 VideoRay ROVs have been delivered throughout the world to a wide range of organizations in a wide range of industries. To learn more about VideoRay and the Pro 4 ROV, visit www.videoray.com or call +1 610 458 3000.

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JUNE 30, 2016 – VideoRay Pro 4 assists in the Discovery of the Canadian schooner "Royal Albert"

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June 29, 2016 – VideoRay Pro 4 ROV deployed from unmanned "Seagull" to investigate torpedo launch for the Israel Navy

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June 17, 2016 - VideoRay and Oceaneering International Announce Basic Operator Training Classes

Training Courses to be held at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) facility located at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Sonny Carter Training Facility (SCTF) in Houston, Texas.

In partnership with VideoRay, Oceaneering International Inc. (OII) is pleased to offer VideoRay open enrollment Basis Operator Training classes at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) facility located at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Sonny Carter Training Facility (SCTF) in Houston, Texas.

With our unique location, organizations located in the greater Houston area can benefit by reducing travel related cost associated with training new VideoRay operators and maintaining proficiency for existing operators certified on the VideoRay ROV Pro 4 system.

This open enrollment basic operator training will provide students with a thorough understanding of the VideoRay ROV Pro 4 system, including setup, checkout and operations. Tips and techniques will be offered to assist students in VideoRay operational capabilities, along with breakdown, cleaning and operator maintenance. Through a progressive and proven method, the Basic Operator training course will help training participants develop knowledge of the VideoRay system and gain confidence in their operator skills.

Please refer to Oceaneering website for additional details regarding price, registration, and for planned training class dates. For more information you can also contact Mark Smith at 281-954-2221, or via e-mail at mwsmith@oceaneering.com.

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May 25, 2016 - VideoRay Pro 4 ROV used to Recover Drowning Victim

Search and Recovery in 15 minutes in Kentucky Lake 

It started as a routine and repeated operation for Southeast Louisiana Underwater Search and Recovery, a group formed by a Retired Slidell Police Officer Mark Michaud with help from another retired Slidell Police Officer Roy McCann, from Slidell, Louisiana. They have made about 14 trips since April 2014, at the request of the family of Clarence Holmes, a boater who went missing during a storm nearly four years ago, to find his remains. Since Laurel Lake was created by flooding forested land, the bottom is a treacherous landscape of trees, branches, and other debris with depth in the search area of 160 feet and water about 40 degrees year round. This year they had sought the assistance of well-known underwater search and recovery expert Tom Crossmon, of Crossmon Consultants in Duluth, MN along with his specialized underwater search technology. 
http://www.videoray.com/news/press-releases/96-presentations/451-tom-crossmon.html

As they were setting completing the search for the day around dark and heading to the Holly Bay Marina, they noticed flashing emergency lights in the dark at the swimming beach area. They then reached out to Whitley County Emergency Management Director Danny Moses and his team, along with Laurel County Emergency Director Abby Hale and local fire, EMS and law enforcement personnel. The team was about to begin a search for another drowning victim - Zachary Anderson, a 21 year old father who had attempted to swim across the lake earlier in the day and succumbed to the cold. After discussion of options, Crossmon and Mark Michaud, the leader of SELURC, offered to do a search of the most likely location of Mr. Anderson with a VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) equipped with a BlueView Technologies V130 sonar (www.videoray.com), and the Humminbird 360 sonar which Michaud had adapted for use as a scanning sonar by adding 140' of cable and a tripod. Though the water visibility was about 5 feet, the sonars could "see" almost 100 feet in the dark, cloudy water. The Holmes family had provided a 24-foot pontoon boat – a excellent work platform in this environment -and Danny Moses accompanied Crossmon and Michaud on the initial search.

While underwater searches can take days – or years – in this case a number of factors combined to make the search – and closure for the family – very short. Inside of 10 minutes the body had been located with sonar from about 40 feet away, resting on the bottom in 26 feet of water. Crossmon expertly grabbed an article of clothing with the claw on the VideoRay underwater robot, and the remains were gently tugged to the sub-surface, then handed off to Michaud who was in the water and put aboard the fire boat manned by local fire personnel.

Mr. Moses was very impressed with the speed and safety of this search and recovery.

Mark Michaud provided details of the operation: "While Tom searched with the Videoray, Roy McCann tended the tether. I used my Humminbird 360, and we simultaneously observed the target. I followed the ROV for a moment and saw he was headed to the target. Once contact was made with the victim, Tom was able to bring him to the boat where I was able to secure him, in water, and turn him over the local personnel. Our search at Laurel Lake s into our third year. With the help of Arnold Holmes, Clarence Holme's father and our boat operator, this search lasted around 15 minutes. When we saw the emergency lights Arnold Holmes immediately turned the boat toward towards them to offer assistance. This selfless act helped another family avoid the nightmare that the Holmes family has suffered."

News link http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Man-drowns-in-southern-Kentucky-lake-380592281.html 

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APRIL 7, 2016 - Pope County Becomes One of First VideoRay ROV-Equipped Search & Rescue Team in Arkansas (VIDEO)

APRIL 7, 2016 - Pope County Becomes One of First VideoRay ROV-Equipped Search & Rescue Team in Arkansas (VIDEO)

VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Highlighted in Local News Segment on KTHV

Pope County Emergency Management's VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) was featured in a segment on KTHV News this week. Check out the video below to hear how Pope County's Search & Rescue Team is using their Pro 4 ROV in northwestern Arkansas.


Video (via THV11)

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APRIL 5, 2016 - Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Uses VideoRay Pro 4 ROV to Search for Drowning Victim (VIDEO)

APRIL 5, 2016 - Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Uses VideoRay Pro 4 ROV to Search for Drowning Victim (VIDEO)

Local Man Has Been Missing For Four Days In Percy Priest Lake

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is using their VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to search in Percy Priest Lake for Jeremy Cross, who's been missing since this weekend. The ROV has been searching for 4 days in waters with an average temperature of 50°F. 

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has used their VideoRay Pro 4 ROV to recover 25 bodies in 3 years. Their Pro 4 ROV is equipped with BlueView imaging sonar, as seen in the video below. 

Cross has been missing since Saturday evening when his canoe flipped over. He was not wearing a lifejacket at the time. The TWRA reminds boaters to take the proper precautions on the water, even as the warmer months approach.


Video (via FOX17)

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