PA State Police Use Defender To Help Recover Drowning Victim

Members of the Pennsylvania State Police Marine Operations Unit in Philadelphia, which recently acquired a VideoRay Defender for search and rescue efforts, found themselves transporting the submersible to the other side of the state earlier this week to assist with a drowning victim recovery effort.

According to news reports, a 10-year-old boy accidentally fell into the Ohio River in Beaver County on Monday, prompting a major search that included divers, a helicopter, and a search dog. The state police marine unit arrived on Wednesday morning with the Defender, which is shown in the water in one of the video news reports.

Strong river currents and low visibility made it difficult to conduct the search, but a local fire department official told reporters that members of the state police marine unit knew exactly where the victim was underwater by using the ROV, leading to the recovery.

Here are links to other news reports:

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/05/20/ohio-river-body-search-ambridge/

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/05/20/body-found-in-beaver-county-near-ambridge/

This photo, taken from video shot by a news station in Pittsburgh, Pa., shows a VideoRay Defender joining a drowning victim search in the Ohio River.
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