Brendan Cook | June 27th, 2018
From May 12th to 17th, Deep Trekker travelled to Peru for a week-long search and rescue mission of missing Canadian man. The DTG2 was used to support the search in various mountain lagoons.
We packed up our equipment on our backs and loaded the DTG2 ROV onto one of the nine donkeys that would accompany us on this expedition. We hiked for about six hours on our first day and arrived at Paria. One night to rest until we woke up to continue our mission to just below the area of Punta Union. This is where we set up base camp - at 4400 meters.
The team decided to move onto other lagoons that had more visibility. We cleared two other lagoons in the same day due to their clarity, sand bottom and shallow depths. The DTG2 tackled the deeper areas and the kayaks helped to clear the shores. Nothing was found in either lake and we began to focus our efforts back near the first lagoon.
Improve the visibility underwater in search and rescue missions with ROVs
Although, we didn't find what we had hoped to find, the mission was still a success. We were able to confirm that the missing individual was not in 3 of the 4 searched lagoons, meaning search and rescue efforts could be focused elsewhere in the future. The DTG2 performed as expected, providing a very clear image of the bottom of the lagoons and capturing 4K video to be reviewed over and over again, in case anything had been missed.
Overall, the expedition was considered to be successful as we were able to set a more targeted approach for the next expedition, which is already in the planning stages, in hopes of finding the missing body.
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