Missing Diver Search - 1,300 Foot(400 Meter) ROV Penetration

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Missing Diver Search - 1,300 Foot(400 Meter) ROV Penetration

Postby scott_bentley » Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:26 am

Missing Diver Search - 1,300 Foot (400 Meter) ROV Penetration Inside Cave

Sam Lapinsky, Deputy, Broward County Sheriff's Office
http://www.sheriff.org

Our agency was contacted by the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office after all other efforts failed to locate the remains of a cave diver who reportedly failed to return to the surface after a deep cave penetration dive into Vortex Springs.

Before we left Broward County to assist with our Pro 4 ROV we were told that the missing diver was believed to be deep in the cave (approximately 1,400 feet), in an area where the diameter of the tube where the diver was thought to be was equal to the size of the diver. Before our arrival experienced cave divers had searched the inside of the cave and had penetrated approx 1,200 feet (150' deep). It was hoped that the ROV could reach an additional 200 feet. This area of the cave was not much larger that the ROV itself, and beyond where a diver could turn to exit.

This presentation will review the challenges encountered using a ROV in these most difficult circumstances, in a rarely attempted type of search and recovery mission. I will also talk about the equipment used during this attempted recovery, the support supplied by Video Ray, and the lessons learned during the mission.
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Bio

Postby scott_bentley » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:05 am

Sam Lapinsky has been working in law enforcement for the past 14 years. During the last 8 years he has been a Deputy assigned to the Marine Patrol Unit/Dive Rescue Team of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Broward County, Florida, USA. In addition to his Marine Patrol duties, he is also a Public Safety Scuba Instructor (Dive Rescue International), dive equipment repair technician, USCG licensed vessel Captain (100 Ton Master), and one of several persons in his unit responsible for operating and maintaining our electronic sensing, and search equipment.

Sam has been diving for 31 years, and in the early 80’s was employed as a wreck salvage diver. During this time he was first introduced to electronic devices used to locate things underwater. Finding things underwater has long been a passion of his, and as part of different teams, he has been part of many successes.
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Postby scott_bentley » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:07 am

Missing Cave Diver at Vortex Springs Florida.pdf
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