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After only 3 hours of searching, Earth Resource Group (ERG) successfully located a drowning victim using a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV equipped with BlueView imaging sonar.  The victim, who went missing on July 22, was found in 340 ft of water (104 m) near Lake Mead's Boulder Islands in Nevada.  The search team consisted of ERG personnel, National Park Service rangers, Nevada Department of Wildlife game wardens, and volunteers.

ERG also assisted with the recovery of the victim, due to deteriorating weather conditions which delayed the arrival of divers on scene.  The search team recovered the body using a snare assembly secured to the top of the VideoRay's manipulator arm, as shown in the picture below. Custom-built by ERG for this recovery, the assembly can be easily removed once the object of interest has been snared, according to Steve Schafer.

This is the fourth drowning victim recovery on Lake Mead in the past year.  Officials would like to remind everyone to take the proper precautions when swimming or boating on unguarded waters, including wearing personal flotation devices (PFDs) and obeying all park rules and signs.

For more information on Earth Resource Group and their services, visit www.ergnevada.com 

PRESS RELEASE: Two Bodies Recovered at Lakes Mead, Mohave  (via Lake Mead National Recreation Center)


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