- Press Release - December 21, 2004
VideoRay Underwater Robot
Locates Body and Assists Divers in Frozen Minnesota
Sub Lights Up Cab of Submerged Vehicle, Helping
Divers Get in and Get Out of Dangerously Cold
St. Louis County, Minnesota, December
21, 2004 -- This past Sunday, the VideoRay underwater
robot located the body of a 65-year old male who
drove his Bombardier tracked trail groomer through
the ice on Lake Vermillion in St. Louis county,
Minnesota. Operated by St. Louis County Sheriff’s
Office personnel, the VideoRay was launched prior
to sending divers into frigid waters where air
temperatures dropped below minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit
and wind chills exceeded 50 below zero.
The body of Andrew “Nonny” Horshak
was located on Saturday, 26 feet underwater by
the VideoRay, which was “the first thing
in the water,” says St. Louis County Undersheriff
David Phillips. The body was pinpointed in the
cab of the machine by ROV. According to Phillips,
“Saturday evening we tried to send in divers
but they hit a wall with immediate regulator freeze
ups” in the extremely cold temperatures.
To recover the body on Sunday, divers followed
the yellow tether attached to the submersible.
The ROV was then utilized to monitor diver status
and provide lighting for the diver who made the
“The technique of sending in the VideoRay
to light up the vehicle worked particularly well
with the diver and provided us with videotaped
documentation of the scene. By looking at the
live video the sub sent to the surface, we could
confirm that the diver was safe,” says Phillips.
The VideoRay was used to record the entire scene
above water as well. According to Phillips, “The
sub’s small size and hand-held portability
provides the added benefit of acting as a totally
weatherproof video camera on the surface.”
The operation was successfully accomplished by
the efforts of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s
Office Rescue Squad, Greenwood Fire Department,
Virginia Fire Department, and the Carlton County/Cloquet
“We came to the conclusion that if we can
operate under these awful conditions during the
past 24 hours, we can operate anywhere in the
world,” says Phillips.
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.
For comments, contact: David Phillips, Undersheriff
St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Duluth, MN,
PH: 218-726-2339, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact VideoRay LLC: Kayla Patenaude, VideoRay
Public Relations. Tel: (603) 428-4231; E-mail:
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