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June 1, 2017 - Earth Resource Group uses a VideoRay Pro 4 to Recover Lake Mead Drowning Victim

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is by far the deadliest National Park, and drownings account for most of the 250+ people who lost their lives there over the last few years.

Fortunately for the families of the most tragic drownings, local environmental consulting company Earth Resource Group of Las Vegas, NV, volunteers their time repeatedly to find and recover victims when the depth and location exceed the capabilities of local responders and the National Park Service (NPS). This has happened repeatedly – in 2015, using a VideoRay Pro 4 and Smart Tether, they located a victim in over 300 feet (over 90 meters of water) in under an hour .

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2014 Lake Mead Victim Recovery

Earlier this month, Steve Schafer, Todd Osmundson and Steve Fanell of Earth Resource Group once again located and recovered a victim in less than an hour. The scenario was all too common – an accident near a dock involving a poor swimmer who entered the water without a personal flotation device (PFD,) and drowned nearby. The location and recovery were hampered by hazardous underwater conditions at the scene. According to Schafer, "We used the Pro 4 with BlueView Sonar and Smart Tether. The NPS apparently had already cleared the area with their Edgetech side scan sonar and followed up with an ROV they have with video only. They had no luck. We found the victim in 42 minutes after we were set up. We could have done the recovery but the coroner has the final call and they asked Las Vegas Metro Dive Team to come out. We kept the ROV at the victim and the team followed the tether down to do the recovery. This site was insane with underwater cables and junk (old dock that sank etc.) that are used to anchor the marina. Looked like a spider web on the sonar. A 22 year old young man (poor swimmer) that tried to jump in and retrieve a tube that floated away. We found him in 74 feet of water about 90 feet from the end of the dock."

Two lessons from this tragedy are worth emphasizing and repeating. ALWAYS wear a Personal Flotation Device when near water or on a boat. Even if you feel you don't need it, you can set an example for others. The second is to use technology in hazardous conditions like this search – these conditions would have been very hazardous to human divers, but with the appropriate technology and expert operators, the location and recovery can be done without risk of injury or worse.

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MAY 12, 2017 – NH Fish & Game Conservation Officers utilize VideoRay Pro 4 to locate and recover multiple drowning victims

Lt. Bradley Morse, who was on scene and in charge of the search and recovery efforts, requested the Sonar/ROV team and Airboat Team to respond and assist with the search of the missing snowmobilers.The Sonar/ROV team was transported via airboat to the location in which the helmet of the missing snowmobiler off Long Island was located.The VideoRay Pro 4 was deployed in 7 degree F weather in the dark of night amongst the ice floes.The body of the snowmobiler was located within fifteen minutes.Pictures were taken for the medical examiner as the victim lay on the lake bottom, 21 feet below the surface.The victim was then recovered with the use of a large treble hook held in the manipulator of the ROV.The total search and recovery effort was completed in less than an hour.

The Sonar/ROV team then reassembled with the airboat team in the early morning to search for the second missing snowmobiler.Once again, the VideoRay Pro 4 was deployed from the airboat where the snowmobiler was last seen.Within twenty minutes, this snowmobiler was located and recovered from the lake floor at 73 feet.

There were many lessons learned over the cold and very tragic weekend.Most importantly, the teamwork amongst conservation officers, local fire departments, local police departments and marine patrol was instrumental in the successful search and recovery mission.The information sharing, witness interviews and the preservation of the PLS (place last seen) was key.

The VideoRay Pro 4 ROV earned its worthiness, keeping searchers out in the elements for a minimal amount of time and eliminating numerous dangerous deep ice dives. The reliability of the Pro-4 was proven as it worked through the cold ice water without issue, while providing clear pictures and video of the recovery.

The dedication and professionalism of the Sonar/ROV and Airboat teams also proved immeasurable.The repetitive training throughout 2016 was a key element, as the officers were confident in their equipment and knew exactly how to use it to its full potential. To complete two flawless missions, back to back, in darkness and cold, is evidence of the team's success.

Thanks to VideoRay for their quality product, the Conservation Officers for their dedication and professionalism and the Command Staff for their support, the families of these tragedies will be forever grateful for the timely and respectful recovery of their loved ones.


PHOTO CREDIT:: CO Joseph Canfield - New Hampshire Fish & Game Department


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NOVEMBER 15, 2016 – Police Special Operations Group (GOPE) in Valparaiso, Chile use Underwater Robot Frequently

Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) from VideoRay in US finds drowning victims, keeps GOPE divers safe

In 2016, GOPE in Valparaiso, Chile contacted Diving Services for assistance in understanding and obtaining underwater technology to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and safety of their diving operations. These frequently involved locating and recovering drowning victims, in addition to other difficult and hazardous operations. Santiago Gutiérrez of Diving Services, a retired navy diver and diving instructor, was intimately familiar with both the tasks and the technology involved, and provided the best solution, a VideoRay Pro 4 unit with BlueView multibeam sonar, and manipulator for retrieving objects.

Since acquiring the unit, it has been very effective and reliable, working with its sonar unit in limited visibility to search for hours nonstop. Unlike divers, there are no time or depth limits for a dive, and temperature does not affect its operation. The Valparaiso GOPE has been very busy assisting other units throughout the country, demonstrating the use and effectiveness of this technology. While there is just one unit in all of Chile at the moment, additional purchases are in process.

The CEO of VideoRay, Scott Bentley, and sales executive Erick Estrada, recently visited Chile to learn more about how VideoRays are used in that country – where sales of VideoRay ROVs have been particularly strong, mainly for the aquaculture industry. On his visit to GOPE Valparaiso, Mr. Bentley engaged in in-depth discussions and enjoyed traditional Chilean empanadas and wine.

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1.  GOPE VideoRay Pro 4 with small generator deployed from an inflatable boat. /   Videoray del GOPE con generador pequeño operando de un bote inflable.

2.  The rugged VideoRay Pro 4 equipment on the way to a mission. /  El Robusto equipo VideoRay Pro4 en su camino a cumplir su misión. 

3.   Extremely portable VideoRay deployed from remote shoreline. /  El extremadamente portatíl VideoRay desplegado desde una remota playa.

4.  All GOPE members are trained in diving.The VideoRay is an invaluable assistant. /  Todo el Personal del GOPE es entrenado en buceo. El equipo VideoRay es un invaluable asistente. 

4. Mr. Bentley and Mr. Estrada from VideoRay in the US, with members of GOPE Valparaiso.  /  Sr. Bentley y el Sr. Estrada de VideoRay en los Estados Unidos, con miembros del GOPE Valparaíso


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NOVEMBER 15, 2016 – El Grupo de Operaciones Especiales de Carabineros (GOPE) en Valparaíso, Chile , usa frecuentemente Robot Submarino

Vehículo Operado Remoto (ROV) fabricado por VideoRay es usado para encontrar victimas ahogadas, manteniendo seguro a los buzos. 

En el año 2016. El GOPE de Valparaíso, Chile, contactó a Diving Service para que lo asesorará para entender y obtener tecnología submarina para mejorarla efectividad, eficiencia y seguridad en sus operaciones de buceo. Estas operaciones frecuentemente involucran la búsqueda y recuperación de víctimas ahogadas, además de otras tareas de gran dificultad o peligro. Santiago Gutierrez, miembro de Diving Service, buzo de salvataje de la Armada Chilena e instructor de buceo, está intimamente familiarizado con ambas tareas y la tecnología envuelta en este tipo de operaciones, entregando la mejor solución: Un VideoRay Pro 4 con sonar Multihaz Blueview y manipulador para recuperación de objetos. 

Desde la adquisición de la unidad, esta ha sido muy efectiva y confinable, trabajando con su sonar en limitada visibilidad por horas sin detención. A diferencia de los buzos, no existe límites de tiempo o profundidad para los buceos y la temperature no afecta la operación. El GOPE de Valparaíso ha estado muy ocupado asistiendo a otras unidades a lo largo del país, demostrando el uso y efectividad de esta tecnología. Por ahora solo está disponible una unidad para el Gope por el momento en todo Chile, pero se encuentran otras en proceso de compra. 

El Gerente General de VideoRay Scott Bentley y el ejecutivo de ventas Erick Estrada, Recientemente visitaron Chile y aprendieron más a cerca de como son utilizados los VideoRay en ese país – donde las ventas de los ROV VideoRay han sido particularmente fuertes, principalmente en la industria de la acuicultura. En su visita al GOPE de Valparaíso, el Señor Bentley sostubo una interesante discusión y disfrutó las tradicionales empanadas y vino Chileno. 


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OCTOBER 13, 2016 – VideoRay plays key role in location and recovery of three drowning victims in Lake Superior

Joint effort by Crossmon Consulting, Bruce's Legacy, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, and Local Agencies perform deep water recovery safely


The story was very sad, but also not unusual. Three boaters – aged 9, 43, and 61, had been missing for two weeks. A large scale search by the Coast Guard Station Marquette, Michigan, Coast Guard Station Portage, Michigan, Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay, Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Canadian Department of National Defense was conducted. Also searching were aircraft from around the U.S. and Canada including C-130s. The search covered 14,000 square miles over 151 hours, but was unsuccessful and therefore called off.

Crossmon Consulting and Bruce's Legacy – both small organizations that are called upon to find drowning victims, sprang into action. Using their collective experience from many successful searches, they used clues such as a final cell phone ping to determine search areas, and towed sidescan sonars to conduct the wide area search. After three days of searching, Keith Cormican of Bruce's Legacy located and identified the a boat the correct shape and size in 280 feet of water – well beyond of reach of most divers – with his Klein Marine Systems 3900 side scan sonar. Crossmon's VideoRay Pro 4 remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was used to confirm that the boat was indeed the right boat, and all three victims were located near the boat. Using the small, portable Pro 4 they retrieved two bodies from the wreck. The third was entangled and needed the efforts of an intervention-class ROV.

A few days later, the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, using a boat from Michigan Tech, used a larger vehicle with a cutter to free and recover the final victim. The efforts of several specialists were involved in this project – Tom Crossmon and Dave Phillips of Crossmon Consulting, Keith Cormican and Beth Darst of Bruce's Legacy, and Hans VanSumeren and John Lutchko from Great Lakes Water Studies, among many.


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Bruce's Legacy: Houghton-Hancock Michigan, Lake Superior Search 

Duluth News Tribune: Bodies of Michigan boaters recovered in Lake Superior 

TV 6 News Report: Two out of Three Missing Boaters Recovered in Lake Superior

Northwestern Michigan College

TV 6 Investigation now closed following the recovery of missing boater's bodies


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Tom Crossmon and Dave Phillips of Crossmon Consulting, Keith Cormican and Beth Darst of Bruce's Legacy


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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 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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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.


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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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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. Snowmobile tracks were found near some broken ice and open water on Otter Lake, which is when they called in the VideoRay Pro 4 ROV.

The LLRIB has used VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs previously during a search for Solomon Roberts last February. Roberts was located by the Pro 4 ROV after a search operation that spanned 3 months and 450 acres.

The search continues as of January 7, 2015. We will update this post as new information is announced.

Related: FEBRUARY 18, 2014 - VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle Recovers Drowning Victim in Saskatchewan (VIDEO)

News Article: ROV Aids in Underwater Search for Missing Man (via Global News Canada)

(Photo Credit: Tammy Cook-Searson/Global News Canada)


UPDATE (Jan. 12) - VideoRay consultant and certified trainer Craig Thorngren (Submerged Recovery & Inspection Services LLC) is now assisting the LLLRIB search team. According to Thorngren, the search for Taylor is difficult because of the sheer size and location of the search area – approximately 2,000 acres of frozen lake, which is a 26-mile snowmobile ride away from town – as well as the general lack of information.

Thorngren and his team are contracted for January 12-21, during which they hope to locate Mr. Taylor and bring closure to his family and the entire LLRIB community.

News Article: Search for missing man in northern Sask. continues (via Global News Canada)

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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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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.

Click Continue Reading for more news coverage and photos from the ERG recovery.

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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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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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