The Search Continues
Another interesting underwater find: This time, it’s from the 14 month long search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. During the continued search for the Boeing 777 that disappeared on March 8th, 2014, the Australian search team uncovered a previously uncharted shipwreck from the 19th century, at depths of 13,000 feet. (Stone 2015).
This shipwreck includes a largely intact anchor, pictured above. This is among a few other fascinating discoveries, including remnants of volcanoes that span up to 14 kilometres in diameter. These discoveries have kept the team optimistic as they continue their search, saying that it shows if there is a debris field in the area of search, they will find it. Though the 140 million dollars that has been invested in this search has not uncovered the mysterious disappearance yet, it has benefited scientists, particularly from Geoscience Australia, as well as improved the current measures to track trail programs for Southeast Asian Airlines. (Lynch 2015).
Although, it has taken a tragedy such as this to uncover these ancient mysteries of sunken ships and old volcanoes – it demonstrates the vast amount of information and knowledge that is hidden in our oceans. With tools such as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) – search and rescue, research and exploration can be completely safely and efficiently.
To learn more about how ROVs are being used for underwater research or search and recovery visit us in Tampa, Florida to pilot the Deep Trekker DTG2 ROV yourself out on the docks of the Tampa Convention Center. We will be there for the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) May 19 -21 to demonstrate search and recovery missions with the DTG2 line of ROVs.