Videoray - News - Jan, 25 2004
Exton, PA, January 25, 2004 – The St.
Louis County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff's Volunteer
Rescue Squad may be new to the world of ROVs (remotely
operated vehicles) but not new to the world of
human body and evidence recovery in underwater
settings. VideoRay announced today that the St.
Louis County Sheriff's Office has purchased a
VideoRay to help in search and recovery efforts
of drowning victims, documenting underwater crime
scenes, and as part of a Homeland Security program
for the State of Minnesota. The Office purchased
the VideoRay through a Homeland Security grant
with the State of Minnesota.
The VideoRay Pro II model purchased
includes a SeaSprite sonar that can help navigate
debris fields or submerged cars in poor visibility
conditions. The 8-pound VideoRay is equipped with
a video eye that sends a live feed to an operator
who is on the dock or a boat.
“ We are honored to be part
of the technology that’s working for homeland
defense at the local and national level, in the
US and many other countries,” says Scott
Bentley, president of VideoRay. “Officials
are equipping themselves with VideoRays for underwater
emergencies, inspections, and searches.”
According to David Phillips, Undersheriff
at the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, the
VideoRay was chosen for its affordability and
the high quality of its equipment. Phillips said
it was important that the ROV chosen was portable,
easily operated, and affordably maintained.
“ St. Louis County has approximately
840 lakes and the Port of Duluth on Lake Superior.
We never know where or when we may be conducting
a search, so we needed to be able to easily transport
the unit,” says Phillips. “Our research
into ROVs also indicated that the VideoRay units
perform well in cold water environments and under
“ The VideoRay also gives us the capability
to add accessories that we will utilize in Homeland
Security applications,” says Phillips, who
states that four members of the staff are currently
trained to operate the VideoRay. Training was
provided at the VideoRay International Partner
Symposium (VIPS), an annual event held in November.
Several other staff from the sheriff’s office
will be trained in coming months.
For more information, contact: David
Phillips, Undersheriff, St. Louis County Sheriff's
Duluth, MN, PH: 218-726-2339, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org