The Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Rescue Team (HEART) are a volunteer group of certified divers from Manitoba, Canada who specialise in emergency water search, rescue and recovery. Using a combination of highly-skilled human divers and specialised technology, they are able to recover victims of tragic drowning accidents from the waterways of their region, including arctic underwater environments.  

HEART has been using Blueprint Lab’s Reach Alpha subsea robotic grabber to assist them in these recovery missions but were having trouble with the intense grip stability required to resurface deceased victims. They temporarily installed a makeshift DIY nail modification to their grabber and then approached Blueprint Lab for a more long-term solution.

Our engineering team began developing and testing a grabber upgrade that would fulfil these specific task requirements, resulting in a new tool specialised for Search and Recovery – the Reach Alpha Special Recovery Tool. As well as looking the part, the Special Recovery Tool is strong, sturdy and sharp making it an effective solution for HEART’s requirements.

The Blueprint Lab team are thrilled to have worked with HEART to ensure their continued mission success. Always keen to rise to the operational challenges faced by our partners and customers, we encourage you to contact us with your specific task requirements today!  

In their own words, this was HEART’s experience with Blueprint Lab:

“Here at HEART Team we use the Blueprint Lab manipulator on our VideoRay Pro 5 ROV for body recoveries. We had an opportunity to speak with the folks from Blueprint Lab at UI2020 about our work and the need for a grabber that is more suitable for taking hold of fabric during recoveries without pulling free. They told us they would come up with something special for us that they believe should work well. We were very impressed with the beautiful design they sent us! A few days ago we used the new mod for the first time and successfully recovered a drowning victim. Thank-you for being there and working together with us to bring solutions that not only work but look pretty darn good too!”

– Manuel Maendel, HEART Team Operator

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