Just a few weeks after adding a VideoRay ROV to their search and recovery team, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office successfully recovered David Bass from Steamboat Lake in Colorado. Colorado State Parks called Summit County Sheriff’s Office to ask for assistance in the recovery of Bass, who was on a camping trip. Summit County arrived with their new VideoRay Pro 4 ROV and search dog, Recco, just before midnight to locate and recover the victim.
Recco was able to signal a few alert spots and, in conjunction with the “last seen” location, Summit County determined their search area. They immediately and rapidly deployed the VideoRay to locate the victim in about 10 feet of water within an hour of Summit County’s arrival. The victim was located with the video-like image provided by the Pro 4 system’s BlueView sonar, and secured with the manipulator arm. The body was recovered completely via ROV – the manipulator grabbed hold of the victim’s shirt and Summit County operators used the tether to pull the body to the surface, without requiring human diving.
Sergeant Mark Watson of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office had this to say about the technology, “we have been working for 10 years to improve the recovery process. To have a device that is quick to deploy and doesn’t risk divers has already had a significant impact.”
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