Videoray - News - November 19,
VideoRay Underwater Robot
Lost at Sea for a Year is Found in Working Order
After Journey in Australian Seas
Operated Vehicle Lost During Fish Farm Inspections
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.
Bruny Island local
residents, Mary Richards and Martin Watson,
found the VideoRay washed up on the beach.
Martin, an ex scuba diver and dive instructor,
immediately recognized the object as an
ROV and turned it in to local police.
“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
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
The VideoRay, which
traveled more than 30 km during its year
lost as sea, suffered a smashed up float
block and scratches on thruster and camera
and light domes. But when plugged in, it
was fully operational.
“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.
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· FAX: (610) 458-3010 ·
For more information, contact: Simon Hills ,
Imbros, Ph +61 3 6273 1300, Fax +61 3 6273 1824,
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