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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.
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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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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.
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
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.
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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