In June, when members of the Yone Corporation team were in Indonesia to give a presentation on the company’s new search and rescue product, the Proeye 751-SNR Sonar Plus, they were asked by the local rescue team in Balikpapan – a seaport city on the east coast of the island of Borneo in the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan – to assist in a maritime search and rescue on very short notice.
The Yone Corporation team rushed to the scene, and began the search around the mouth of the Balikpapan River. A Proeye 751-SNR Sonar Plus sensor was lowered into the water from a small boat, and a sonar display was used to perform the search.
The water in the river was considerably cloudy, so the search was not without its difficulties, but a little over two hours later, the form of the victim was confirmed on the sonar display as being at the bottom of the river, about five meters down. As the sun had begun to set, the position was confirmed with the GPS function of the Proeye 751-SNR Sonar Plus in preparation for the following day. Unfortunately, the victim was found dead the following morning, but the local Balikpapan rescue team and others involved expressed gratitude for the cooperation of our staff in the search and rescue work.
Thanks to the side imaging and down imaging technologies incorporated into the Proeye 751-SNR Sonar Plus sonar system, rescue personnel in a boat are able to safely and rapidly locate and visualise targets such as sunken boats, vehicles and accident victims, often in a matter of minutes. The remotely controlled underwater camera head has 270 degree articulation and is designed for depths of up to 50 metres. It can be placed directly into water or, optionally, by attaching it to the telescoping rod. An integral GPS system indicates the exact location on the system’s sonar display.
The system is powered by a rechargeable 12-volt rechargeable battery that provides an operating time of between one-an-a-half hours and two hours. As standard, the camera comes with a ten-metre cable, and the Proeye 751-SNR Sonar Plus sonar system is housed in the control box, which measures 560mm by 455mm by 265mm and weighs just 14.5 kilograms.
The Yone Corporation is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan and manufactures and markets a broad range of firefighting, disaster prevention and search and rescue equipment.
For more information, go to www.yone-co.co.jp