Developing a True Search and Rescue ROV

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Developing a True Search and Rescue ROV

Postby scott_bentley » Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:51 pm

Developing a True Search and Rescue ROV

Jeff Conger, Account Executive, SeaBotix, Inc.
http://www.seabotix.com

Throughout the world thousands of people die every year from cold water drownings. In the UK (United Kingdom) alone, there are over 700 cold water drownings per year. In response, the UK Fire and Rescue Service worked closely with SeaBotix, Inc. to develop an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) system that is portable and safe for rapid underwater rescue. Traditionally, ROVs have been used for the search and recovery of drowning victims, but advancements in medical knowledge increase the chances of reviving cold water drowning victims in up to ninety minutes in some cases. This new ROV system allows Rescue Teams to rapidly locate, secure and retrieve drowning victims in demanding underwater conditions regardless of water clarity and without further risk to human life by putting more bodies in the water. Deployable in less than three minutes, the ROV system is designed to operate in deep water with strong currents while the high-resolution imaging sonar helps operators locate and navigate to victims, even in zero visibility. A high-resolution video camera provides real-time situational awareness at the recovery point where the victim’s limb can be grasped. Utilizing an ultra strong all copper tether a person can easily be recovered to the surface. Other special features of the ROV system include a large, quick-release interlocking grabber, custom bumper frame, video enhancer, integrated harsh environment control system, a top-mounted LED strobe for dark operations and virtual-reality training simulator.
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Postby scott_bentley » Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:41 pm

Jeff Conger is an Account Executive at SeaBotix where he spends much of his time traveling to provide miniROV demonstrations in the areas of search & rescue, oceanographic research, nuclear inspection and port security.

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