Using ROVs for Search and Rescue

The ocean can be a tough place to be, and sometimes things go wrong. Rivers and waters can have strong currents and take innocent lives. The sea is also highly susceptible to illegal dumping, which can be very polluting to our planet.

The Police and the Fire Brigade are quite often called out for missions to search for missing persons or to conduct further investigations below the surface. To streamline this work, they can now use underwater drones rather than waiting for time-consuming diving teams.

The underwater drone allows frictionless access to what's below the surface

Searching for suspected deaths or objects dumped in the ocean is often a challenge. With the underwater drone Blueye Pioneer, the Police now have access to a new tool that can be used under water, ready to dive within minutes.

Norwegian Police using the Blueye pioneer underwater drone
The local Police in Trondheim using 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)

Underwater drones as complementary tools 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.

The local Police and Sid Photo: Frode Reiten

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

Important benefits of the underwater drone for SAR missions

  • Portable and suitable for easy handling
  • Easy and quick start
  • Easy to operate with minimum training
  • Unique hull design and powerful propellers make it easy to control
  • Automatic depth and -directional control make it easy to stay focused
  • Full HD camera gives you great video recording
  • Requires very little maintenance
  • Powerful LED lights
  • Blueye Dive Buddy app that enables video stream sharing on multiple devices
Investigating a car on the seabed Photo: Blueye Robotics

Share underwater missions with colleagues

The accompanied Blueye Dive Buddy App (for iOS and Android) gives you the possibility to stream your video footage live with external viewers. For some situations, it can be vital to easily include other experts to view your findings. You can also stream live video to a large external monitor by an HDMI cable or a docking station.

Read about other usecases for the Blueye Pioneer underwater drone.

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