Sub aids cops in underwater searches
By PoliceOne Staff
PORT NECHES, Texas — Police used a remote-controlled submarine to help in a recent missing persons search in a South Texas river.
Officers called in a Video Ray submersible device that can send real-time footage back to authorities, KIII TV reported. From the ground, a control board the size of a suitcase guides the machine, which is attached by a tether.
The VideoRay Pro 3 GTO includes a wide-angle camera illuminated with Halogen lamps. The NYPD has used similar models to sweep for explosives underwater.
Using the eight-pound unit is “similar to operating a video game,” according to the company’s website. No special training is required to work the controls, which adjust camera focus, tilt and depth.