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Seaeye - Press Release - January 24, 2004

Canadian Falcon ROV Operators Go To Work in Minus 43C

I was just remarking on how chilly it had become here in the South of England as January draws to a close with the prospect of a light dusting of snow forecast for the weekend, when these photographs arrived in my inbox from Mike Wood of SubOceanic Sciences Ltd, in Canada:

Making an access hole in the ice.... to launch and recover their Seaeye Falcon

Mike’s company, which is based on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada, owns and operates Seaeye Falcon 1238. This year they have been called out twice to conduct search and recovery operations for bodies that have been lost in accidents on frozen lakes where the extreme conditions have included temperatures as low as minus 43 degrees C.

On the first occasion they were able to locate a truck that had gone through the ice covering at Lake Prosperous, Yellow Knife into a water depth of 88 metres. Both the truck and driver were found using a Tritech sonar installed on the Falcon. The driver, who was found away from the truck on the lakebed, was recovered using the ROV’s manipulator to just below the surface where a diver performed the final part of the recovery. The ROV was able to attach a 1 inch recovery wire to the truck (which unfortunately broke at 30 meters) and then subsequently to open both truck doors in under 15 minutes using some home made tooling.

SubOceanic were extremely pleased with the Falcon’s performance and durability in these harsh conditions.

The search for two individuals lost with their snowmobile through the ice at Fort St James is ongoing.

So; the next time that I feel like moaning about the weather here I must remember to spare a thought for those guys in the frozen north that can really hack it!

Chris Tarmey
Tel: +44 (0)1329 289000


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