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Feb
07

And The Winners Are...

Our 2019 photo and video contests attracted an impressive number of submissions from around the world! We want to thank everyone who entered the contests.

And now on to the winners.

Capturing first place in the photo competition was Jan Henrik Bentsen of Dagfin Skaar AS. Runner-up was Brett Garner of Lindblad Expeditions.

Finishing first in the video contest was Adrian Maendel of HEART volunteer search and rescue diving squad. Runner-up was Roger Bailey of RPS.

Congratulations to the winners!

Enjoy this slide show of several photos that were submitted. 

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Jan
24

HEART Pumps Stronger With Addition of VideoRay Pro 5

 A small team of volunteer divers in Canada has shown an unwavering dedication to the search and recovery of drowning victims. And what it lacks in size, it makes up for with a lot of HEART.

In fact, that's what this group officially calls itself – HEART, which stands for Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Response Team. Since its inception, the squad has been responsible for recovering and/or assisting with the recovery of more than 21 drowning victims, helping bring closure to families and friends of those who perished.

The six members of HEART live in Manitoba and all but one are Hutterites, a religious group who reside in Christian communities located across central and western Canada and the upper United States.

Since 2012, HEART has been providing an invaluable service to several Canadian communities. And over time team members have become better educated and more sophisticated in their approach to search and recovery.

Operating purely on donations, the squad has managed to acquire several pieces of specialized equipment, including a trailer, inflatable boat, pontoon boat, and sonar equipment. But the addition of a VideoRay remotely operated vehicle (ROV) has had a significant impact on how it goes about its work.

The team was introduced to VideoRay ROVs while working on a recovery effort in January 2019 with Tom Crossmon, who owns a consulting company in Duluth, Minn., and is also a VideoRay instructor and dealer. Crossmon used a VideoRay Pro 4 to assist in the operation, and HEART members were immediately impressed. Within three months of seeing the ROV in action, the squad raised enough funds to purchase a VideoRay Pro 5.

Noted Manuel Maendel, one of HEART's team leaders, "After receiving our Pro 5, it became very evident to us that we had made the right choice! The folks at VideoRay were great to deal with and patiently helped us work through some rookie mistakes as well as answered any questions we had.

"I really enjoy working with the Pro 5! The optional Oculus Multi-beam Sonar and the manipulator arm on our ROV give us the capabilities to find and recover possible targets quickly. This also allows us to work in situations too dangerous for divers. Our team spends every chance we get training to become more efficient so that when called upon we'll be ready to respond safely, quickly and effectively."

Manuel, who is a German teacher in his community's school, was instrumental in getting HEART off the ground. He recalled how he was fascinated as a child by scuba diving, and that he pursued it as a hobby when he got older. He convinced his brother, Paul (who is the principal at the school and also a team leader), to join him in getting certified as a diver.

The brothers eventually recruited several other family members to join the team, including Manuel's nephew, Adrian, who became a certified diver and used his graphic design experience to create the team's logo.

HEART's efforts over the years have not gone unnoticed. Several news media outlets have featured the squad, and Hutterite colonies from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and even the United States have provided financial support.

Today, the squad consists of Manuel, Paul, Adrian, and certified PADI Instructor Brent Stoesz. Currently working toward becoming Advanced Divers are Brendan Maendel, Manuel's son, and Tyler Maendel, Paul's son. When they're not called on to assist with search and rescue missions, team members are training as much as possible to sharpen their skills.

Most recently, they were asked on December 22 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to help find a drowning victim in a causeway near Lake Winnipeg.

"We were able to set up, deploy and successfully complete the mission in under 45 minutes," noted Manuel. "It was really nice to be in the position to make a difference with our VideoRay Pro 5.The RCMP tell us we exceeded their expectations with our ROV and are excited to work with us in the future."

Overall, since acquiring the VideoRay equipment, HEART has used it on five missions looking for six victims, and were successful in recovering three of those victims.

As the result of its efforts, the team has received positive feedback from numerous people through its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HEARTeamMB/), including several individuals who were directly impacted by the squad's actions.

Here are some of the postings:

"I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to work with. Your efforts and professionalism brought everyone the much-needed closure they deserve. You will forever be in the hearts of many people and there just aren't any words that will ever be enough to express our gratitude."

"Thank you, HEART. You will surely be rewarded for such great help and for taking the time to come 22 hours."

"Wonderful team of people. Very knowledgeable, professional, and humble. Thank you for your great act of kindness."

"Way to go guys, putting your own lives on hold and reaching out to others in need without a second thought about time or place. Lord bless and protect this team."

"Selfless dedication to the greater community. Humble servants giving their expertise and compassion to their friends and neighbours in times of need and uncertainty. Truly doing The Lord's work in the best spirit of brotherhood. Thank you!"

A pictorial slideshow of HEART and some of its activities is available below.

Anyone interested in donating to HEART can send checks, made out to HEARTeam Inc., to Box 819, Morris, Manitoba, R0G-1K0, Canada.

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Jan
17

VideoRay closed on Monday, January 20

VideoRay will be closed on Monday, January 20 in recognition of the Martin Luther King holiday. 

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Jan
13

JANUARY 14, 2020 - North Dakota Dive Team Takes Advantage of Pro 4's Capabilities

 Time and again, the VideoRay Pro 4 has proven its worth to the Stutsman County Dive & Rescue Team in North Dakota. In fact, it was pressed into service twice last month alone. Each time, the Pro 4 helped in the recovery of victims' bodies.

In early December, the team was called out to assist in the search of a missing man who's utility terrain vehicle (UTV) was found on top of ice about four miles east of the town of Medina. After two four-hour searches, the victim's body was recovered on December 7. Blueview sonar on the Pro 4 was used to locate the victim, and a manipulator arm attached to the ROV assisted in the recovery, according to officials.

A few days later, the team tapped the Pro 4 to locate a woman and her car, which was found submerged in a slough near her driveway. The search was initiated after she was reported missing following a visit to her son a few miles away. According to authorities, it appeared that the woman's car slid off the road and into the marsh, coming to rest in about 10 feet of water. They reported that their efforts were plagued by extremely cold weather that made it difficult for the divers and equipment to function. Once the victim was located by the ROV, members of the Stutsman dive team recovered the body.

Since acquiring the Pro 4 seven years ago, the diving squad has used it several times at locations in both North and South Dakota as well as Minnesota.

"When searching for victims in undetermined locations, the Pro 4's sonar has proven to be invaluable in locating them," said Sheldon Mohr, Training Officer for the Jamestown Fire Department, which works hand-in-hand with the dive team. "One recovery was in a retention pond for a landfill. We were able to make the recovery without subjecting divers to the hazardous materials in the water."

Mohr noted that in addition to using the VideoRay ROV during recovery missions, it has also been called on by law enforcement agencies in search of evidence. And the Pro 4's sonar and camera are used to locate any underwater hazards – such as fences and trees – before a diver goes in the water.

"While the Pro 4 will never totally replace divers, it has been our go-to tool to locate drowning victims," Mohr said. "Most recoveries were completed without putting a diver in the water. But when we did deploy divers, we were able to follow the tether (which is attached to the ROV to provide power and communications)."

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Oct
28

VideoRay Pro 5 Helps Make Historic Discovery

An underwater exploration of the Galapagos Marine Reserve with a VideoRay Pro 5 led to an exciting discovery by research scientists with the Charles Darwin Foundation. Find out what they uncovered in an article published by the Foundation earlier this month. 

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Oct
09

VideoRay Pro 4 a Reliable Work Mate for Minnesota Consulting Firm

 For Tom Crossmon, there probably isn't trustier work equipment than the VideoRay Pro 4. As a consultant, he's used it hundreds of times, often to assist in the recovery of drowning victims. Crossmon can't say enough about the reliability and efficiency of the Pro 4.

"It's proven itself over and over again in a variety of challenging situations," said Crossmon, who operates Crossmon Consultants in Duluth, Minnesota, with his partner, Dave Phillips. "We have been all over the world with the Pro 4 and it's come through for us time and again."

That was the case recently regarding three recoveries. One involved a missing boater in Canada, and another was related to a kayaker who drowned in Wyoming.The third incident was tied to the disappearance of a college student in a lake in Crossmon's hometown.

In the Canadian recovery, Crossmon went to Baker Lake in Nunavut, the most northerly territory in Canada, in search of Solomon Tulurialik, 29, who was boating on the lake on July 31 when he ran out of gas and attempted in vain to swim to shore. Crossmon was brought in after an extensive but unsuccessful search was conducted in early August that involved more than 200 people as well as 70 boats and ATVs. Agnico Eagle, which owns a mining operation in the area, also helped by offering aerial search and underwater cameras.

Crossmon noted that the community contacted him to resume the search several weeks after the initial attempt to recover the body came up short. Crossmon was paid approximately $4,000 to cover the cost of travel, but he offered his search services for free. According to a news account, "Crossmon said his team's arrival was kept secret from the family, primarily to avoid getting their hopes up in case the search wasn't successful. But once the recovery was complete, he said he got an invitation to meet Tulurialik's loved ones, who were quite surprised and extremely happy to hear the news. 'We shared in some hugs,' said Crossmon."

It only took a few hours for Crossmon and Phillips to locate the victim. They first deployed Marine Sonic Technology side scan sonar to narrow the search, and then dropped the Pro 4 into the water to pinpoint the exact location of the missing boater, Crossmon explained.

Shortly after the Canadian recovery, Crossmon headed to Alice Lake in Wyoming to help search for the local kayaker who had drowned in the lake in a remote part of the state in mid-August. Members of the Lincoln County Search and Rescue squad and the Star Valley Search and Rescue team used drones and sonar to try to locate the victim. When their efforts fell short, they got in touch with Crossmon. He explained that he went to Wyoming alone because initial information he received indicated the victim's location in the lake was narrowed down. But when he got there, he discovered that wasn't the case.

"It took almost two full days of searching using just the Pro 4," Crossmon said. The mini sub usually isn't used for wide-based searches, but Crossmon left the Marine Sonic sonar unit behind because he thought he wouldn't need it. "All things considered, the Pro 4 performed admirably," he noted.

In another September recovery situation, the Pro 4 and Marine Sonic sonar device were pressed into service in search of a 21-year-old college student who went missing while in the Minnesota Slip in Canal Park in Duluth. The search was conducted over several days. Crossmon pointed out that during this search, he was working as a volunteer with the St. Louis County Rescue squad, while Phillips was involved in his role as undersheriff of the county's sheriff department. Crossmon and Phillips joined in using the Pro 4 and Marine Sonic sonar device during the latter part the search. It only took them a few hours to pinpoint the student's location using the equipment.

"The track record of the VideoRay Pro 4 speaks for itself," said Crossmon, who's been using the ROV for several years. "It's one of the main reasons our consultancy has been so successful. There isn't a more reliable sidekick than the Pro 4 to get the job done."

News media coverage of the Canadian recovery is available here:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/man-missing-baker-lake-found-1.5284977

News media coverage of the Minnesota recovery is available here:

https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4649684-UMD-students-body-recovered-from-Minnesota-Slip

News media coverage of the Wyoming drowning victim is available here:

https://svinews.com/family-identifies-missing-kayaker-in-alice-lake-search/

 Tom Crossmon, third from left, and Dave Phillips, second from left, both from Crossmon Consulting, join other members of a recovery team at Baker Lake in Canada. 

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Sep
25

Teacher Deploys Pro 4 During Deadly Boat Fire Victims Search

When a catastrophic dive boat fire claimed the lives of 34 people off the California coast this past Labor Day, a high school science teacher trained in using the VideoRay Pro 4 was called on to assist with rescue and recovery efforts.

Dominique Evans-Bye was contacted for assistance by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, for whom she has served as a volunteer public safety diver since 1992. The Conception boat fire was the worst maritime disaster in the state's history.

"My main motivation for responding to the Conception tragedy was to help bring closure to the families of the victims," Evans-Bye told a reporter at the Glendale News-Press. "I can't imagine how devastating it must be to lose a loved one in an accident like this."

Passengers of the dive boat had ended their second day in the waters off the California coast with a nighttime swim. Hours after they went below deck to sleep on the 75-foot charter boat, the quickly moving fire broke out. Five crew members who were above deck escaped by jumping overboard, while the passengers and one crew member below deck were trapped by the flames.

A multiday search that followed the fire led to the recovery of all the victims, according to news reports. The victims most probably died of smoke inhalation, investigators said.

Evans-Bye was assigned an area to search along with several other responders. In addition to diving, she has served as the Ventura County Sheriff's research-and-development officer for nearly a decade, and is a seasoned operator of the VideoRay Pro 4. She has been part of hundreds of rescue efforts and uses the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in her geographic information science and mapping classes at Clark Magnet High School.

Evans-Bye and her team didn't locate any of the victims during their search following the Conception tragedy. She noted that the Pro 4 was equipped with BlueView sonar, a manipulator arm and a SmartTether. "The SmartTether makes mapping the underwater path taken by the ROV possible, and allows us to map the location of photos and video taken by the ROV," she explained.

Evans-Bye told the newspaper, "There were still people missing when we responded, and they wanted to make sure that no one had floated away down current. Between the divers and the ROV, we covered it thoroughly and just determined that no one was in our search area."

News media coverage is available here:

https://www.latimes.com/socal/glendale-news-press/news/story/2019-09-13/clark-magnet-teacher-sheriffs-volunteer-aids-in-conception-tragedy-recovery-efforts

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Sep
18

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 - VideoRay Pro 5 Used to Recover Missing Boater in Canada

For the second time since acquiring the VideoRay Pro 5, the Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Response Team (HEART) used the unit to conduct a successful underwater recovery, this time in the Whiteshell River in Manitoba, where a 49-year-old man went missing while harvesting wild rice in an airboat. HEART had deployed the VideoRay Pro 5 earlier in the summer to recover a victim during an underwater search.

During the Manitoba recovery operation, authorities first worked with private boaters to search the shoreline and surrounding water but couldn't locate the victim. The search continued over several days, with HEART joining in and deploying the VideoRay Pro 5. Once in the water, it only took the Pro 5 a few hours to locate the victim.

HEART posted on its Facebook page that the Pro 5 was equipped with multi-beam sonar to "successfully locate and recover the drowning victim."

The VideoRay Pro 5 is the latest generation of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) that is designed for speed and efficiency. Compared to previous models, the Pro 5 has more thrust, longer tether lengths, higher resolution video, and the advantages of the MSS modular systems.

News media coverage is available here:

https://chvnradio.com/news/hutterite-team-assists-in-recovery-of-missing-boater

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/missing-boater-found-dead-in-whiteshell-river-1.5267079

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Aug
27

August 28, 2019 - VideoRay Awarded Contract with U.S. Navy for EOD Response Remotely Operated Vehicle

Next step in multi-year collaboration on effective Explosive Ordnance Disposal through man-portable remotely operated-vehicle (ROV)

Pottstown, PA - VideoRay today announced its second multi million-dollar award with the U.S. Navy to develop, define, and deploy new technology for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operations. This contract follows the successful completion of an earlier prototype facilitated by the Defense Innovation Unit in 2018. The platform for both contracts is the highly-regarded VideoRay Mission Specialist Series (MSS) Defender ROV, which has been delivered for military and commercial uses to several demanding customers worldwide.

The Defender vehicle, based on VideoRay's Mission Specialist technology, is becoming the technology of choice for a wide variety of challenging missions. It is chosen by Navies, Coast Guards, First Responders, Offshore Oil and Gas Producers, and Offshore Renewable installation companies for many reasons:

Powerful – the Defender has the best thrust to weight ratio in the industry and the ability to lift more than 20 pounds while flying level

Portable – the Defender can be shipped as checked luggage on commercial airlines and is deployable with just one person

Open Architecture – the Defender can accept a wide range of accessories, through open software, and multiple power and communications options

Greensea Integrated Control and Navigation -- the Defender includes Greensea's EOD Workspace software for sophisticated supervised autonomy and precise maneuvering. Greensea supports the U.S. Navy with a Cooperative Research and Development contract for software development on this project

Customer Support – VideoRay is one of the largest and best-established companies in the observation class ROV industry, now celebrating 20 years in business. It has the largest installed fleet of vehicles

Innovation – with VideoRay's Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Navy helped develop and fine-tune new options and capabilities to meet underwater missions and objectives.

 Photo Captions:

1.  The Defender can pitch up and down during flight providing the operator better situational awareness.

2.  Clockwise starting top-left. The Defender placing the ECS Viper disruptor on a simulated target. The Defender operating carrying a 25 lb/11.3 kg kettlebell while flying level, The Defender using the Blueprint Labs Reach 5 Mini manipulator placing a disruptor on a simulated target. Defender main camera view carrying a mini Royal Arms disruptor on a simulated target.

3. The Defender equipped with dual Blueprint Labs Reach 5 Mini manipulators.

4.  The bottom of the Defender pictured showing a payload of an Oculus 750D multibeam sonar, Inuktun rotating manipulator and a Nortek DVL used for autonomous control such as station keeping and waypoint following.

VideoRay

VideoRay delivered its first ROV in the year 2000 and has since become the world's leading manufacturer of underwater, portable, inspection-class ROVs. VideoRay underwater robots help prevent terrorism, find and retrieve objects, inspect infrastructure both inland and offshore, and keep divers safe from hazardous conditions. Operators prefer VideoRay systems because they are optimized for intuitive operation, performance, size, weight, payload and deployment speed. Learn more about VideoRay, visit www.videoray.com, or call at +1 610-458-3000.

Greensea Systems Inc.

Greensea is a leader in intelligent marine robotic systems that increase operator productivity through the integration of navigation, control, and user-interface products using their OPENSEA® operating platform. Using the Greensea system, the marine industry now has a distributed, networked framework for complex robotic environments that streamlines workflow and increases productivity. Since opening in Richmond, Vermont in 2006, the company has successfully installed Greensea systems on over 800 manned, unmanned, surface, and subsea vehicles. To learn more, visit www.greensea.com, or call at +1 802 434 6080.

Defense Innovation Unit

Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) accelerates the adoption of commercial technology into the U.S. military to strengthen national security. Learn more at www.diu.mil

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Aug
23

August 23, 2019 - Clear Lake Fire Department Trains on Their New VideoRay Pro 4

 CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - Earlier this month, the Clear Lake Fire Department received a new underwater drone, thanks to an anonymous donor.

This past weekend, firefighters were able to get hands on training on just how to use it.

Continue Reading - KIMT3 News

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Jun
18

June 18, 2019 - Drowning victim recovery at Harvey Gap Reservoir in Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife successfully recovered a victim from the Harvey Gap Reservoir in Colorado with their new VideoRay Pro 4 ROV system with BlueView Sonar and Manipulator Arm. This is the first ROV recovery for the team and the victim was recovered in under 40 minutes.

For more news, read:

https://www.outtherecolorado.com/apparent-drowning-victim-found-at-state-park-in-colorado/

https://www.postindependent.com/news/breaking-body-recovered-from-harvey-gap-reservoir/ 

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May
30

May 30, 2019 - Recovery at Wonsan Island Beach, South Korea

On May 15, 2019, at Wonsan Island Beach, South Korea, a diver was reported missing from a scuba diving group. The Korean Coast Guard and Rescue Association was called in to search for the missing diver. They searched with 2 helicopters and over 10 boats and were unsuccessful.

Triton Hi-Tech was called in with their VideoRay to assist with the search after 3 days. With low visibility and strong current, they had a tough job ahead of them. The system was outfitted with a sonar to help with the low visibility of the water.

After only an hour of searching, Triton Hi-Tech was successful in finding the victim in 5.5 meters of water 200 meters from the shore. The diver was found close to the place of entry. The VideoRay held on to the victim and held position until the Korean Coast Guard was able to get a rescue diver in the water to recover the victim.

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Mar
20

March 20, 2019 - VideoRay VP featured in Marine Technology Reporter

Chris Gibson, VideoRay's Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development, was featured in the Marine Technology Reporter. The article highlights his work with VideoRay, VideoRay's success, and new VideoRay technology. Read the article online here: http://bit.ly/ChrisMTR19. Read the article in the MTR magazine here: http://bit.ly/CGMTR19

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Mar
05

March 5, 2019 – Indian Navy uses VideoRay Defender to recover remains of trapped miner

The Indian Navy has been using its fleet of VideoRay Mission Specialist Defenders to search for and recover victims of a mine flood in December 2018. Fifteen miners perished inside the illegal coal mine, called a rat-hole, in Meghalaya, India. So far, one victim has been recovered. The search is still ongoing, with water in the mines causing significant delays to the recovery process.

One of the members of the Indian Navy commented on their use of VideoRay technology, saying, "Great job with the Defender…we are using it to rescue miners trapped in a mine in a rat hole…at a depth of more than 50 meters where our divers cannot reach."

For news coverage, read:

Times of India

India Today

BBS


Indian Navy team with the MSS Defender Control Box.

Screen grab from the MSS Defender of the mine.

Screen grab from the MSS Defender of the mine.

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Feb
13

February 13, 2019 - Seventh anniversary of Costa Concordia wreck

January 13 was the 7th anniversary of the Costa Concordia wreck, in which VideoRay played a large part in the removal project that began in May 2012. VideoRay was brought on to the project through iRov, a Dealer and Authorized Service Center of VideoRay in Italy. The mission required eight VideoRay Pro 4 ROV systems to provide eyes underwater in the extremely challenging and dangerous environment around the wreckage site. The mission ended with over 55,000 hours of recorded footage over two years of monitoring divers, penetrating the wreck, and conducting site surveys.

At VideoRay event VIPS in 2015, Phil Reed, one of the architects behind the Costa Concordia wreck removal, delivered a keynote discussing the mission.

Other Costa Concordia media:

VideoRay Costa Concordia Press Release

http://videoray.com/applications/maritime-salvage.html

http://videoray.com/concordia-video-gallery.html

http://videoray.com/saving-concordia.html

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Feb
08

February 8, 2019 - Two more recoveries in Colorado with VideoRay Pro 4

​The Summit County Sheriff's Office was brought in to help the search and rescue team of Delta County of Colorado recover two victims that fell through the ice of a lake of on Grand Mesa. Summit County was also able to locate and recover the Snow-Cat they were riding when the accident happened.

News Coverage:

Fox Denver

The Daily Sentinel

Photos - Submitted by Sergeant Mark Watson of the Summit County Sheriff's Office

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Jan
29

January 29, 2019 - Jet Fighter recovered from Hawaii's Oahu Coast

ROV-Inspecting
On December 30, 2018, a Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter was located in about 245 feet of water by Steve Van Meter of Van Meter Consulting. Steve was contacted by Parker Marine Salvage due to his experience with difficult missions. An extensive Sidescan sonar mission, lasting several days, had identified 75 potential targets.Prior to deploying his VideoRay Pro 4, Steve studied these targets and identified the one that had a very high probability of marking the aircraft.Then, the entire in-water mission to locate and identify the wreckage took 30 minutes after setting up. When asked about how the VideoRay ROV improved search time, Steve Van Meter said, "The plan for the mission was 5-7 days. The VideoRay made it possible to mobilize quickly and fly to Honolulu with everything I needed. We could setup rapidly on the boat, and use power supplied by a small Honda generator. Due to size and weight of the Pro 4, I was able to use a deck hand as a tether manager after a few minutes of training."
The Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter was found at a depth of 245 feet (74.6 meters) on a seabed littered with old debris from years of dumping. At the surface, the sea did not make the mission any easier. Van Meter fought against 4- to 6-foot swells and winds of 10-15 miles per hour. Due to these conditions the boat could not be anchored, and the crew was required to live-boat, while Van Meter navigated the ROV underwater.

The plane was part of a training mission for the Hawaii Air National Guard when it crashed on December 12, 2018 while taking off from Honolulu Airport. The engine failed, but the pilot ejected and was rescued. The plane hit the water about 1 mile south of Honolulu in an area with many small boats. The number of boats in the area meant there were many cellphone videos, making the general location of the plane easier to pinpoint.


VideoRay Pro 4 (flown by Steve Van Meter) inspecting the sunken jet fighter
View from the VideoRay Pro 4 of the Jet Fighter on the seabed
Steve Van Meter of Van Meter Consulting with his VideoRay Pro 4
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Jan
17

January 17, 2019 – Search for bones in Danube waters of Budapest with Pro 4

Rescue organization ZAKA is using their VideoRay Pro 4 to search for and recover the bones of almost 15,000 Hungarian Jews that were thrown into the Danube waters during World War II. The first victims were located in 2011, and now, 75 years and multiple negotiations later, the ZAKA team is hoping to retrieve and finally bury the bones of the victims in accordance with Jewish law.

For more details, see the articles below:

Reuters

JWire.com

The Algemeiner

Jewish News

Photos: Submitted by Ilan Levy


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Jan
15

January 15, 2019 - VideoRay user UW-Tech featured in Mercedes-Benz magazine

UW-Tech, a Swedish company specializing in underwater inspections of hydropower plants, was featured in Mercedes-Benz magazine for their use of the brand's V-class van as their main form of transportation and operation for their VideoRay ROV and underwater equipment.

Read the full feature here.


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Jan
04

January 4, 2019 - Victims of snowmobile accident recovered with VideoRay ROV

Crossmon Consulting was called in to help search for two missing victims of a snowmobile accident in late November. Rescue teams had been searching for 6 weeks with no luck. Crossmon Consulting has a Pro 4 ROV with Sonar and Manipulator, a configuration recommended for such tasks. The victims were recovered from the Winnipeg River.

Crossmon Consulting was successful in recovering both victims from the accident, bringing closure to their families and community.

Read Full Coverage:

APTN News

Winnipeg Free Press

CBC

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