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.

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Images from Mälardalen Recovery

Mälardalen Fire & Rescue's new VideoRay Pro 4 ROV sits in front of the scene of the recovery in Elbakajen Harbor in Västerås (PHOTO CREDIT: Marie Fleetwood)
Mälardalen Fire & Rescue raises the car out of the harbor (PHOTO CREDIT: Marie Fleetwood)
Members of Mälardalen Fire & Rescue deploy the VideoRay Pro 4 ROV into the harbor with the help of BUVI's Fredrik Fleetwood (PHOTO CREDIT: Marie Fleetwood)
Some of the newly trained VideoRay ROV pilots from the Mälardalen Fire & Rescue brigade (PHOTO CREDIT: Marie Fleetwood)
A member of Mälardalen Fire & Rescue brigade prepares the VideoRay ROV for deployment in Elbakajen (PHOTO CREDIT: Kenneth Hudd/VLT)
Sonar imagery of the car recovered from Elbakajen Harbor in Västerås (PHOTO CREDIT: Marie Fleetwood)
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