Search and Rescue

Just right outside Blueye’s main office in Trondheim runs the Nidelven river, known for its dangerous current. Every year the local Police and Fire department are called out to search the river after reports of people falling into the water. With an underwater drone from Blueye Robotics, the local Police force in Trondheim now have a new tool to help them search for missing persons and objects under the surface.

Enabling frictionless access to view below the surface

Searching for supposedly deceased persons or items dumped and suspected as insurance fraud under water is a challenge. With the Blueye Pioneer underwater drone, the Police have a new tool to get their eyes below the water surface, ready to be deployed within minutes.

Norwegian Police using the Blueye pioneer underwater drone
The local Police testing the Blueye Pioneer Photo: Frode Reiten

Such capacity under water makes us better able to search or secure documentation. It can be used, for example, to look for allegedly deceased persons, to document pollution or objects that have been dumped. -Frode Reiten, Forensic Scientist (quote first published in Adresseavisen)

Complementary tool for complex operations

Using underwater drones give SAR forces a set of eyes below the surface, but for more challenging missions, the drone is also a great complementary tool. For missions requiring divers e.g. to pick up items, using an ROV to document the environment under water beforehand, will help them to plan out their mission more in detail. Saving both time and reducing risk for human life.

Norwegian Police using the Blueye pioneer underwater drone
The local Police submerging the Blueye Pioneer Photo: Dagfinn Ellefsen

Everything that can help us to search in the river is useful for us to have access to. -Frode Reiten, Forensic Scientist (quote first published in Adresseavisen)

Frode Reiten also comments that the underwater drone is a great complementary tool together with cadaver dogs, using their smell to locate bodies.

When Sid (cadaver dog) marks or shows an increased interest, we simply release some weight on a line and a bow. This way we have marked the spot. Then we use the underwater drone to check what Sid marked as an interest. -Frode Reiten, Forensic Scientist

The local Police and Sid Photo: Frode Reiten

Underwater drone technical specifications

  • Pressure rating: 150 m
  • Speed: 1.5 m/s (3 knots)
  • Run-time: 2 hours
  • Thrusters: 4 x 350 W
  • Camera: Full HD 1080p 25/30 fps
  • Light: 3300 lumen LED

Read about other usecases for the Blueye Pioneer underwater drone.