San Francisco Police Department use Underwater Inspection System (UIS) to locate a capsized powerboat in the San Francisco Bay
The motorized powerboat, carrying 30 people, flipped and sank in the afternoon of Saturday, October 8th, 100 yards off Pier 45. The Police Department Marine Unit vessel was joined by boats from the South San Francisco Fire Department and the Oakland Police Department to successfully rescue all 30 people who were aboard. Investigators think the boat simply had too many people on board.
As the powerboat remained underwater, San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) employed their CodaOctopus® UIS on Monday to locate the powerboat. The boat was quickly located and identified with the help of the Echoscope® real-time 3D imaging sonar, and then inspected by divers.
SFPD purchased the UIS using port security grant funds primarily for its security mission but also for response to man-made or natural disasters.
The UIS is a turnkey solution that provides a complete underwater and above water geo-referenced image in real-time. At the core of the UIS is the ® real-time 3D imaging system. The Echoscope® displays in real-time 3D images of underwater objects as they are scanned, whether they are static structures or moving objects. The image supplied by the Echoscope® can be rotated in all three dimensions and measurements can be taken while the operation is in progress.