Howard County completed their third recovery with their VideoRay Pro 4 ROV.
Photo submitted by Andrew Froom of Howard County Fire and Rescue
Howard County completed their third recovery with their VideoRay Pro 4 ROV.
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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With new walleye fish spawning beds being built in waters too risky for divers, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) had to find a solution to inspect and monitor the area’s walleye population. After replacing their hydroelectric station in 2014, the beds were moved and a lack of walleye sightings caused concerns regarding the success of the new spawning beds. Using a VideoRay Pro 4 to navigate the rocks and current, walleyes were found in the area, proving the beds are successful as the new fish habitat.
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The Summit County Sheriff’s Office, located in Summit County, Colorado, first used their new Pro 4 with BlueView sonar, manipulator arm, and a recovery and retrieval kit in May of 2018. The Summit County Rescue Team also received onsite training to get certified in properly flying and maintaining their new system, and their diligence paid off in only a few weeks. VideoRay previously covered the story about Summit County’s first successful victim recovery in a neighboring county in Colorado.
Summit County began looking into updated technology and methods for recovery after a tragic accident in 2008 that involved a resident from Frisco. After a 3-day search, the victim was recovered, thanks to a side scan sonar. The victim’s family created a memorial fund to help raise money to buy a side scan sonar for Summit County. With the use of the side scan sonar, the Summit County Water Rescue Team and Sheriff’s Office had located eight other missing drowning victims, but they were always concerned that they may not be able to recover the victim as the reservoir was hazardous for divers at an attitude of 10,000 feet and 300 feet deep at its deepest point. After a victim was located, would they be able to fully complete a recovery mission? Without specialized equipment and highly trained divers, the dive team’s operational depth was limited to 80 feet. With that in mind, the Team began researching ROV’s to complement the side scan sonar in 2010 and selected the VideoRay Pro 4 in 2016. In 2017, through a Grant from the Dillon Reservoir Board, Summit Foundation (Breck Gives,) and several private donors, Summit County purchased their VideoRay in2018.
“Diving at altitude is dangerous, we can’t stay down for more than 15 – 20 minutes at a time. By having a tool like this available, we can quickly zero in on a body and spend more time on the recovery and less time searching” - Drew Fontana, Summit County Water Rescue Team President.
In addition to the victim recovery in June, Summit County has used their system to find vehicle keys that fell from a boat ranger’s pocket into 13 feet of water, and a 4 hp outboard engine that fell off the transom of a sailboat into 45 feet of water. They were able to use the ROV’s manipulator to grab the engine while they lifted it up to the surface with the tether. Summit County has also assisted marinas in locating several dock anchors that had been missing for several years.
Sgt. Mark Watson of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office shared his thoughts on the value of a VideoRay ROV, “If you have any substantial water in your area you should really have a tool like the VideoRay Pro 4. A human life is priceless. All Water Rescue/Dive teams need to look at how they can mitigate safety. The integration of a VideoRay Pro 4 into your team’s tools can really help with your planning on most dives. In many cases you may not even need to risk the safety of your diver on a recovery as the VideoRay will be able to recover the victim.”
National Geographic has brought a VideoRay Pro 4 onboard for their expedition in Fiji to search for Nautilus eggs. They will be posting about their findings here, and VideoRay will also post significant updates as data is collected. Keep an eye out for news posts around this mission to help protect the Nautilus.
We are excited to be a part of this scientific exploration and wish National Geographic the best of luck with their search!
Here is a photo of a Nautilus for reference:
Photo: National Geographic
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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On Monday, June 11, 2018, the body of Joseph Bennett Fedick was found and recovered after he capsized in his canoe Saturday. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad, equipped with a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV, was called in to assist the Lake County Sheriff’s Office with the recovery. Fedick’s body was located with the rescues team’s Marine Sonic Side Scan and then inspected and recovered with the VideoRay ROV.
The event happened at the Perent Lake, located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). The St. Louis County Rescue Squad was flown in by the US Forest Service as sometimes there are no roads/difficult to access roads to get to such secluded areas. Below, you can see photos of the amphibious plane and VideoRay ROV flying in to assist. The portability and size of the Pro 4 made it the ideal tool for this recovery as it is easy to transport and it is compact enough to fit inside a small plane.
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In honor of the memory of drowning victim Adam Brown, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office is the most recent law enforcement dive team to enhance their search and recovery efforts by purchasing a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV. Sergeant Mark Watson of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office said, “We are the only law enforcement agency in Colorado to have one of these vehicles…high altitude diving can be dangerous, and safety is our first priority.”
VideoRay is proud to be a part of this milestone for the Colorado team!
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Ercomar, in conjunction with VideoRay, has donated a Pro 4 ROV to a high school in Maullin, Chile, where aquaculture is a major industry. Ercomar owner, Erwin Colillan, worked with VideoRay to provide the high school with technology that will guarantee a safer work environment for the students when they enter the workforce after graduation. The future of the world is in the hands of the youth, and proper education in all possible fields is essential to the survival and improvement of the world, both now and in the future.
ROV operator courses will be added to the students’ aquaculture curriculum, resulting in a certificate in aquaculture and underwater robotic operations upon completion of the course. Including advanced technology courses in young people’s curriculums better prepares them for future employment and success in Chile’s aquaculture industry. VideoRay is proud to have partnered with Ercomar to develop a modern, technologically advanced aquaculture environment for the students of Maullin, Chile.
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VideoRay is honored to have received the “Member Company of the Year” award from the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia last Thursday, May 3, 2018. The award is presented to a company that embodies “industry and global leadership, contribution to the regional economy, and partnership with the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.” As a small business, VideoRay relies on the services the WTCGP provides in order to successfully do business with the rest of the world. VideoRay’s CEO and founder, Scott Bentley, says it best: “If you want to know about underwater robots, talk to us. If you want to know about marketing to Greece, talk to the World Trade Center.”
The ceremony, which is dedicated to recognizing global achievement of the Greater Philadelphia region and celebrating local business leaders who have made a significant contribution to regional and national economic growth through international trade, was held on World Trade Center’s Day, a worldwide celebration of the contributions to peace and prosperity made by World Trade Centers across the globe.
Baltimore PD uses VideoRay ROV to recover a missing body after two weeks of searching with divers. The ROV provided a quick, safe, and effective solution—the body was found within minutes with the underwater technology.
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Click here to read our feature in Sea Technology magazine regarding Oceanology and the Mission Specialist Series (MSS) Defender release.
A VideoRay Pro 4 was used in Chile to locate the body of a missing 21-year-old. On February 25, a friend of the victim reported them missing after they were swimming in a lagoon and the friend began to struggle and went under the water.
The GOPE Special Police Operations Group was called to the site to use their Pro 4 ROV to search and recover the missing person. The water had very low visibility, which caused the pilot, 1st Corporal Patricio Galaz, to rely on sonar to help find the body. The body was found with the ROV and retrieved by a pair of divers. Another successful mission for the VideoRay Pro 4 ROV in Chile.
El día domingo 25 de febrero de 2018, ocurre la desaparición del joven chileno de iniciales M. A. C. A. de 21 años oriundo de la ciudad de Copiapó (región de Atacama) en el sector de “Tranque de la luz de Curauma” ubicado en la localidad de Placilla (región de Valparaíso).
Un amigo de la víctima, dio aviso a Carabineros de Chile de que M.A.C.A. en circunstancia de haber estado nadando en dicha laguna, que no está habilitada para el baño, se percata que su amigo, al mirar hacia atrás se estaba ahogando, si bien se intentó rescatar con ayuda de otras personas, nada se pudo hacer para sacarlo a flote. Es por esto que se solicitó por parte de la fiscalía que se constituyera el GOPE VALPO., el Grupo de Operaciones Policiales Especiales se presentó en el lugar, quienes para lograr un óptimo trabajo utilizaron un robot subacuático ROV PRO4 piloteado por el cabo 1º Patricio Galaz, debido a la escasa visibilidad en las profundidades, una de las características principales del ROV es que cuenta con un sonar que permite graficar el fondo de la laguna logrando así tener una panorámica de lugar optimizando el procedimiento, con el cual se logró el objetivo de localizar el cuerpo y posteriormente recuperarlo a través de una pareja de buzos.
With Defender production fully underway, VideoRay is producing and delivering the Mission Specialist Series ROVs at a rapidly increasing pace. The newest configuration, the Defender, has been delivered to Aquaculture, Research, Military, and Commercial customers. With multiple customers completing missions in various fields, we understand the importance of an efficient production process resulting in a quality product.
The Defender's robust features, versatile instruments and tools, sophisticated autonomous software, and powerful thruster configuration are proving that compact ROVs can do more challenging tasks than ever before.
The Defender has been the most successful new product launch in the history of ROVs and will only continue to improve from here.
Formed as an Engineering and Project Management Company in 2002, Proceanic diversified into underwater inspection services in 2013. Working with VideoRay technology to provide reliable and cost effective UWILDs and inspections of floating and fixed marine and offshore assets, Proceanic quickly established a recognized and trusted brand and now has a track record within the industry that is second to none.
Starting with the Pro 4 ROV technology, Proceanic developed procedures, integrated tools and most importantly, field experienced pilots, to provide Underwater Inspections In Lieu of Dry-dock (UWILDs), and Tank Internal Inspections and ultrasonic thickness gauging.
Although the Pro 4 is a proven, work-horse technology, it’s small size (a benefit in most applications) meant that offshore inspection and intervention became increasingly challenging as Proceanic (and Proceanic Clients) placed more arduous tooling and operational demands on the ROV.
Enter the Mission Specialist Series (MSS).
The Rozalia Project, an organization whose mission is to clean and protect the ocean from harmful debris, has a VideoRay Pro 4 named Hector the Collector. Equipped with a standard manipulator, BlueView sonar, Lynn video enhancement, and Smart Tether, Hector the Collector and the Rozalia Project are refreshing our ocean one piece of debris, one student and one solution at a time.
Founded by Rachael Miller and her husband, who share a passion for a clean ocean, the Rozalia Project does more than just remove trash from the ocean. The goal of this organization is to educate, research, prevent, and protect the marine ecosystem. The organization specifically targets urban and coastal waters and deploys their VideoRay ROV from shore, harbors, and their research vessel, American Promise.
The Rozalia Project’s discoveries have not only been used to educate our nation’s youth, they have also been used by researchers to help better understand the debris problem. Hector the Collector has helped demonstrate the amount of debris that is under the ocean’s surface, where people cannot see. The data that the VideoRay ROV has collected is adding to researchers’ data, making a big step forward in the overall mission for marine preservation.
Rachael has been a part of the VideoRay family for many years and in many ways. She used to lead tours on Lake Champlain with a VideoRay Explorer to view shipwrecks. When she founded the Rozalia Project, she knew that VideoRay needed to be a part of helping her achieve her goals. Rachael describes the ROV as “Incredibly reliable and low-maintenance,” which is perfect for her overall mission of cleaning up our oceans and protecting them from future harm. An experienced ROV pilot and trainer, Rachael uses her skills to give students and people of all ages a glimpse into the underwater world and help educate them on how to preserve the marine ecosystem.
VideoRay is proud to be a part of The Rozalia Project’s mission to clean and protect the ocean. We are glad to see our technology being utilized to improve the future of our world. The Rozalia Project is making waves in the industry with their research, education, and preservation efforts, and VideoRay is proud to list them as our featured user of the quarter and hope to continue assisting with the mission “for a clean ocean.”
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's Pro 4 ROV was used in a successful recovery effort in Crossville, TN. TWRA has used their VideoRay ROV for several searches for drowning or boat accident victims, including this notable Percy Priest Lake recovery.
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We are proud to host the Dutch Navy for Basic Operator Training this week at our global headquarters in Pottstown, PA. The individuals gained an in-depth knowledge of our VideoRay ROV systems, including setup, operation, and basic piloting skills.
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