SeaBotix has developed a rapid response remotely controlled underwater rescue tool to save lives.
Remotely Saving Lives The SARbot®is a solution to remotely rescue people in the water without putting more people in harm's way. Rapid setup, intuitive to use, capable, reliable. Developed in conjunction with leading UK Fire & Rescue teams.
Powerful design for demanding conditions
The SARbot®is a highly stable small ROV platform equipped with powerful Brushless DC thrusters. 4-axis control provides the operator with total maneuverability. The SARbot® has been tested in demanding conditions with exceptional results.
High resolution black water imaging sonar
To locate drowning victims in poor to black water conditions the SARbot® is equipped with the Tritech Gemini 720i multibeam imaging sonar. The high resolution image and wide angle field of view make target acquisition quick and intuitive.
Specially designed limb grasping mechanism A specially designed and feature patent pending grabber has been designed to grasp the limbs of drowning victims. Additionally, the ultra strong tether (100kg f working load) is cable of pulling the victim to the surface without risk of damage or breaking.
Battle hardened integrity The SARbot® system are built on the industry leading LBV series of MiniROV systems. Designed and tested in cooperation with the UK Fire & Rescue the SARbot® has proven its capability and reliability.
Features and more features Very fine detail and care has been implemented into the SARbot® system design. Little features like night time strobe, reflective tape, tool less adjustable grabber, electrical connectors all lend to the ease of setup, deployment and success. No other system offers the level of development as the SARbot®.
The theory behind the development of the SARbot® system was in response to the "golden hour" in rescue of drowning victims. UK Fire & Rescue came to SeaBotix in need of a solution to the more than 700 drowning's that occur each year in the UK. Slightly unique to the UK is its dense population for such a small country and the fact that virtually all water is below 21ºC (69.8ºF).
Medical research and studies have proven that people can survive near drowning without permanent damage. Essentially the theory revolves around colder water rescues (less than 21ºC/69.8ºF) where the person is recovered from the water in under 60 minutes. Some have shown that the amount of time could reach 90 minutes. It does vary from person to person. The rescued victim is not resuscitated immediately, but over a period of approximately 48 hours.
Given that in many circumstances a rescue team can be onsite within 10-15 minutes of the person entering the water the obstacle becomes how to recover to the surface without putting rescue personnel in harm's way. Many rescue teams are not permitted or trained as divers and therefore must look to technology for the solution.
A typical drowning in the UK is one where a person is intoxicated and enters the water unknowing its cold temperature. The shock of the cold water causes the person to inhale water until the lungs are full and thus the person drowning.
With most drowning victims found within 10-15 meters (30-50ft) of their last seen position the search area is quite small. The SARbot® system offers rapid setup (less than 4 minutes). Once deployed the SARbot® is flown along the surface to the approximate sighting. There it dives while viewing real time the video and high resolution imaging sonar on one big screen. As the SARbot® dives the operator rotates the unit to pan for hopeful acquisition of the drowning person. Once located the SARbot® travels to the victim until visual is possible where the limb grasping jaws are able to attach to the person.
Once attached the person is pulled to the surface with the incredibly strong tether where medical attention can begin. All this is possible without putting anyone in the water or in harm's way. Simple to operate and setup by two persons.
Additional Tools To ensure operators are capable, initial training programs are conducted.
For night time operations as many are there are simple yet useful features added. A blue strobe is fitted to the top of the SARbot® along with reflective tape. This allows the rescue personnel to see the SARbot® as it travels along the surface at night to the location.
Dr Martin J. Nemiroff
“Cold Water near-drowning is more survivable than previously thought. Submersions as long as an hour can be fully resuscitated. Cold water may be protective to some body systems as oxygen needs are markedly reduced”
Dr David S. Smith
“Persons underwater in a hypothermic condition for up to (and sometimes more than) 1 hour may be alive, yet they may have no observable vital signs”
The American College of Chest Physicians
“Severe, rapid hypothermia can occur during drowning in cold water. Hypothermia provides cerebral protection from hypoxia, permitting total recovery with appropriate CPR and Intensive Care”
The Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee
UK Ambulance Service Protocols for the Immersion Incident As survival has been recorded after prolonged submersion, resuscitation and transport to hospital should be undertaken in all cases of near drowning. Only if the victim is discovered in cardiac arrest 1.5 hours or more after having entered the water should the fact of death be presumed.
Dr John Stephenson
“As Chair of the Directors of Clinical Care for UK Ambulance Services and Medical Director for EMAS I would support the development of a deep water rescue service as currently there is no provision for the safe extrication of casualties who are underwater. The evidence suggests that recovery can occur after up to 90 minutes of immersion, this group of patients are currently left without access to professional help.”
Four (4) Brushless DC thrusters - Two (2) forward, one (1) vertical and one (1) lateral. Each thruster is identical and isolated
Bollard Thrust (forward)
8.5 kg f - 18.7 pd f
Bollard Thrust (vertical)
3 kg f - 6.6 pd f
Bollard Thrust (lateral)
3 kg f - 6.6 pd f
>3 knots - 3.45 mph - 1.54 m/s (fully equipped)
Cameras & Lighting
180 degrees - internal chassis rotates
Range of View
270 degrees - 180 degrees from tilt, 90 degrees from camera lens
680 line high resolution color
Manual focus control via hand controller. 90mm to infinity
NTSC or PAL
700 Lumen LED array. Variable intensity via operator control unit.
Hand controller, monitor, PC and surface power supply built into protective case
51 cm - 20 in sunlight readable wide screen color LCD
Heading, depth, temperature
Depth, heading, trim
210 mm - 8.3 in
160 mm - 6.3 in
75 mm - 3 in
650 grams - 1.4 lbs
Single - forward, reverse, rotate left, rotate right, roll left, roll right
Proportional control knob
Membrane keypad - thruster gain control, trim, auto depth, auto heading, camera tilt, camera focus, camera switch, light On/Off, light intensity, accessories, video overlay position, power On/Off, programming keypad
I.P. 64 - splash proof
Integrated Control Console
554 mm - 21.8 in
452 mm - 17.8 in
274 mm - 10.8 in
30 kg - 66 lbs
100-130 VAC or 200-240 VAC
1,300 Watts maximum
Isolated input power, circuit breaker, line insulation monitor, leak detector. Meets and exceeds "Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Electricity in Water"
I.P. 64 - Splash proof
2.15gHz Intel Core Duo 2 or greater
2GB RAM or greater
80GB Solid state
Windows XP Pro
Tether & Reel
8.9 mm - 0.35 in nominal
150 meters - 500 feet
100 kg f - 220 pd f
700 kg f - 1,543 pd f
Neutral in fresh water - slightly positive in Seawater
Heavy duty reel with slip ring
On-Screen Information Display
Thruster gain settings, light level, Trim On/Off, heading, depth, turns counter, camera angle, water temperature, time, date, user text
Fastener kit, seal kit, propellers, gel lube, Kluber grease, acrylic polish, fuse
1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5 mm hex ball drivers, #1, #2 Phillips screw drivers, 10 mm socket driver, small straight blade screwdriver, 11/16 socket, 19 mm open end, O-ring insertion tool, vacuum pump
Operators manual, service and repair CD-ROM
rLBV150-4 vehicle depth rated to 150 MSW - 500 FSW
Four (4) HPDC1502 Brushless DC thrusters (2 forward, 1 vertical and 1 lateral)
Auto heading, depth and trim
Grabber with limb grasping jaws
Integrated Navigation/Control System
Protective case fitted with monitor, surface power supply, operator control unit and PC
50 cm (20 in) sunlight readable color LCD monitor fitted in lid of case - waterproof
LBV operator control unit - removable from lower tray of integrated console
Surface power supply with input voltage 100-130 VAC or 200-240 VAC (user selectable). 50/60hz
Outputs for composite video and USB 2.0
Tether & Reel
150 meters - 500 feet of tether
8.9 mm - 0.35 in diameter
100 kg f - 220 ft/lb working load
700 kg f - 1,440 ft/lb breaking strain
Connectors and strain relief
Heavy duty reel with slip ring
Cameras, Lighting & Sonar
680 line high resolution color
700 Lumen LED array tracking color camera
2 x 1080 Lumen LED arrays externally mounted
180 degree rotating camera chassis
270 degree field of view
Tritech Gemini 720i multibeam sonar
Transit case for LBV with custom closed cell foam, retractable handle and wheels
Transit case for tether on reel, spares/tool kit and manuals with retractable handle and wheels
Spares, Tools & Manuals
Fasteners, seal kit, props, misc. spares
Two year limited warranty
24 hour technical support
There are a variety of options available for the SARbot® system to match your exact requirements and mission planning. Listed are currently available options. Custom options are available upon request.
Tritech Micron Nav USBL tracking system The SARbot® system is provided "Micron Nav Ready" with a connector already fitted. For applications such as risk assessment, search and recovery or other tracking missions the Micron Nav is ideal. Provides real time position of the ROV while in the water.
Tritech StarFish 990F Side Scan In response to the requirement to search for drowning persons Tritech International has released an ultra high resolution 1mHz side scan sonar for large area searches. An ideal compliment to the SARbot® system.
Longer Tether Length Increased tether length of 250 meters (820ft) total is available for longer excursions that might be required. The provided reel has the capacity to handle the longer tether.
Grabber attachments To provide versatility the grabber can easily be fitted with various attachments including a cutting tool, parallel jaws, small interlocking jaws and three jaw. Each attachment fits to the standard grabber in minutes.