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Updated: Sonar_EMILY rescue robot incorporates Humminbird® sonar to find drowning victims

 EMILY w LA Life Guard Boat closeA state-of-the-art portable rescue craft is bringing more assistance to marine rescue teams. The Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard or EMILY, developed by Hydronalix, was first used to help lifeguards get to distressed swimmers faster than able-bodied first responders.

Since then, EMILY has been deployed by lifeguards, navies and coast guards around the world. In fact, the Center for Robot Search and Rescue (CRASAR), along with a team of researchers at Texas A&M, recently tested EMILY successfully with the Italian Coast Guard in a refugee rescue scenario. Now the robust four-foot cylindrical life-jacket-come-jet-ski has an essential role to play in Law Enforcement marine rescue operations – particularly due to its new sonar feature.

The radio-remote-controlled, battery-operated unit can speed through surf up to 22 miles per hour. With the addition of Humminbird® sonar, EMILY can enhance drowning victim searches. The speed at which EMILY finds the victim could be instrumental to successful resuscitation.

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Live Streaming and Downloadable Training Products Now Available

Second Edition Not in the Manual Guide to Side Scan Sonar Image InterpretationBlack Laser Learning® is proud to announce that its most popular-selling DVDs are now available for live streaming and as downloadable products. More product options means your underwater teams can get up-to-speed much faster with side scan sonar techniques, terminology and image interpretation.

The newest in-demand title is the Klein 3900, a 4-part training video that takes viewers step-by-step through how to operate the Klein 3900 sonar utilizing the Klein Sonar Pro software. Our growing library of other titles that are for rent and download include: Second Edition Not in the Manual Guide® To Side Scan Sonar Image Interpretation, Not in the Manual Guide® To Side Scan Sonar and Magnetometer Surveys, Not in the Manual Guide® to AUVs, and the Not in the Manual Guide® To Subbottom Profiler Surveys.

Get cost-effective training in the latest side scan sonar equipment on the market today. To view the entire library and watch trailers, click here.

Benton County Humminbird Training a Success

BentonCounty1Over a dozen personnel from six agencies gathered in Bentonville Arkansas for a Black Laser Learning/Dive Rescue International advanced Humminbird training seminar. Agencies from as far away as Iowa and Kentucky made the trip south for a weekend of intensive training.

Training started with a review of basic terminology, Humminbird functionality and sonar image analysis, followed by a day on the water, putting into practise the previous days classroom lessons.

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Black Laser Learning® Partners with Dive Rescue International for Successful Humminbird® training

Law enforcement and fire rescue teams from four different states recently participated in a two-day Humminbird sonar training seminar in Fort. Collins, Colorado. The event was co-sponsored by Dive Rescue International and Black Laser Learning, Inc.

One of the most difficult tasks for Humminbird® sonar operators is being able to identify a drowning victim. While the class attendees had a good understanding of how the Humminbird sonar works, this training helped them hone in on specific areas of knowledge and skills that are necessary to effectively operate the system and correctly interpret bottom imagery. 

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