OceanAlpha has launched its Unmanned Surface Rescue Vehicle (USRV), the Dolphin 1. The company says since the Dolphin 1, a water rescue robot, can be easily stored, transported, and deployed, it drastically improves workflows for water rescuers and will decrease overall costs and risks involved with search and rescue missions. According to OceanAlpha, the Dolphin 1 operates equally well in all types of water environments, making it the ideal device to augment or replace personal flotation devices and other water vehicles like jet skis or small craft.
Victims are often unprepared for the water and panic when confronted with conditions that are beyond nominal. In these situations, the Dolphin’s 500m range and almost 10 miles/hour speed allow it to be quickly deployed, and remote control rescue facilitates navigation toward a victim in distress. Additionally, high penetration fog lights located near the front top of the Dolphin 1 provide increased visibility in fog and at night, reducing the risk of losing sight of the victim and enabling rescuers to maintain a vantage point.
Dolphin USRVs are available from the Ocean Alpha team directly and began shipping in June 2019.