Posted on 29.12.2003 - 15:12 EST in ROV NEWS by admin
Grampian Police have already trialled the robot
The force has received a remotely operated undersea robot for use with its underwater search team.
The equipment, valued at £20,000, is manufactured by Aberdeen based Cetrax Systems.
The SeaBotix LBV remote operated vehicle has been used by Grampian Police before to search areas in Buckie harbour, Aberdeenshire, that were deemed to be unsafe for divers.
The remote vehicle is piloted from above the water and is fitted with a high-resolution colour camera and a mechanical arm strong enough to lift a human corpse.
A Cetrax spokesman said that high performance thrusters provide it with an "underwater helicopter type control" even in rough conditions.
The team is extremely enthusiastic about the vehicle and now regards it as a vital tool in their armoury
Constable Sandy Osborne,
Underwater search unit
Gareth Hendricks, managing director of Cetrax, handed over the device at the Offshore Europe exhibition in Aberdeen.
Mr Hendricks said: "It's the first to be used by any police force in the UK and, as far as we know, in Europe."
Constable Sandy Osborne, of the underwater search unit, said: "The team is extremely enthusiastic about the vehicle and now regards it as a vital tool in their armoury.
"Not only does it make the often difficult and hazardous job of searching for bodies or vehicles a lot easier, but more importantly it makes these operations a lot safer for the divers involved."
The team also intends to attach a sonar device which will enable the robot to
detect objects up to 80 metres away - a distance which can take police divers
several hours to cover.
Source: BBC News