Tasmania , Australia , November 19, 2004 – A little over a year ago, a VideoRay underwater robot was lost off Tasmania , Australia , during an inspection of salmon fish pens. After drifting over 30 km in rough seas, the VideoRay was found by Bruny Island local residents, Mary Richards and Martin Watson. Interestingly, Martin is an ex scuba diver and dive instructor, and he immediately recognized what the pair had found.
“We are not sure how long the VideoRay spent in the water, but it would have drifted well over 30km,” says Simon Hills of Imbros, an Australian VideoRay Dealer. “It was lost near Dover and drifted across D'Entrecasteaux Channel and was found washed ashore near Jetty Beach on the Labillardiere Penninsula on Bruny Island.
According to Hills, when the VideoRay was found it was immediately handed over to local police, who eventually tracked it back to the fish farm company and then to Imbros. The VideoRay was lost during an inspection by Huon Aquaculture Company P/L, an Atlantic Salmon farming organization. Huon Aquaculture had been using the VideoRay for environmental monitoring surveys below and around fish farms, and for checking video systems and the deployment of underwater video systems in pens.
“The unit looks a bit second hand, with a smashed up float block and scratches on thruster and camera and light domes. But as soon as it was returned to us, we plugged it in, and everything is fully operational!” says Hills, who is providing a new control box, tethers, and side thrusters to put the VideoRay back into operation at Huon Aquaculture.
VideoRay ROVs are the smallest, most portable, and most responsive remotely operated vehicles available for use in underwater environments. Weighing just 8 pounds and starting at $5995 USD, VideoRays are used for underwater surveys, offshore inspections, search and rescue, homeland defense, science, fish farming, and a range of applications.
19 November 2004