May 5, 2016 12:40 PM by News Staff
Shasta County Sheriff's Office has a new tool Thursday to help in underwater searches.
The Boating Safety Unit and Dive Team is currently training with a new R.O.V., or remote operated vehicle.
This new unit replaces an older R.O.V., purchased in the early 90's.
The vehicle assists divers in searching and recovering missing persons or evidence.
Shasta County Sheriff’s officials said It includes new features such as state-of-the-art sonar and GPS tracking.
“You could be a hundred yards away from something and have to slowly drive lanes, a grid search to work your way over to that, where with the sonar, there might be specific targets that pick up, and could pick up that item in that hundred yard range and we can drive directly to it,” Deputy Rob Sandbloom said.
The new ROV costed the department about $134,000.
The purchase was made possible by county funding, the Redding Rancheria Community fund, and a grant through the Department of Boating and Waterways.
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