"The Lifeguard Division of L.A. County Fire Dept. was fortunate to receive in person instruction by Barrier Waterman representative Phillip Lloyd and allowed to test the AquaEye in the Marina Del Rey Harbor. We had members of the Dive Team and Marine Technical search Team present and in the water proving the accuracy of the AquaEye handheld sonar device. The device was quick to indicate the direction and distance of the divers under water, marking an X on the screen which was easily interpreted for the recovery location. It was great to have the nuances of the AquaEye explained to utilize the "trigger pulled" function for a more inclusive obstacle readout before the "trigger released" algorithm filtered the image to include only the most likely targets. Both functions have a purpose, and they add to the versatility of the tool. Additionally, the echo map function provides a true sonar image reading with colors indicating obstacles and target shapes.
Two weeks following the demo, we had a missing boater response at the Redondo Horseshoe Pier. The search was precautionary for a low probability target, and the AquaEye was used to rule out a search area assigned to our team. Our operator deployed by jumping off of the pier and then we lowered the AquaEye to him for the search."
Los Angeles Captain Ocean Lifeguard
Marine Technical Search Team Manager
"Oceanside Fire Department Lifeguard Division has implemented AquaEye® into Code X operations for its speed of identifying submerged persons in open water response areas. While prevention remains the primary objective in lifesaving, the necessity of swiftly locating a submerged victim for an increased chance of survival is needed. The application of AquaEye into Code X operations can provide a scanned search area and high potential targets by a single rescuer prior to coordinating and initiating multiple rescuer line searches that must systematically clear the search area. The ability to focus a general search area to a concise position can significantly decrease discovery time of a victim thereby preventing the need to exhaust rescuers and resources."
Lieutenant Blake Faumuina
Oceanside Fire Department Lifeguard Division
"We purchased AquaEye® and it did just as it said it would do. When we went out and tested it, we then knew where our people were, where our divers in the water were, and we even had a dummy in the water. Everything registered with an X, meaning that it should be a human, and of course it was. We didn’t just do that once; we have been out multiple times with our fire department and then last Saturday AquaEye was part of an inter-agency water rescue exercise. We had 9 agencies and 45 people involved with 9 watercraft. AquaEye worked as advertised and as it should. We are very impressed, but not looking forward to the day we must use it for real. When that does happen we are very comfortable that we should be able to locate someone fairly quickly."
Fire Chief, Brooks Fire Department
"AquaEye is an entirely new tool in the drowning search toolbox. It allows large areas to be scanned quickly and effectively, even at night or in murky/tannin coloured water, where other means of searching will be ineffective. Due to it’s built-in AI software, it allows anyone with little to no experience in analyzing sonar imagery to still be highly effective at searching."
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR)
"It’s much faster than trying to do a boat rescue that we’ve done in the past. It [was] just long boat searches without any knowledge of where the subject is. AquaEye actually gives us the coordinates of where that person might be."
Vernon Search & Rescue
"Before we would use a type of sonar, almost like a fish finder sonar, and it’s not as accurate and it takes a long time to search an area. AquaEye allows us to get to an area where we think a victim is and narrow down that search area really very rapidly."
Search Manager, Vernon Search & Rescue
"We were conducting a search for a missing person underneath the ice in Saskatchewan, and AquaEye was an extremely valuable tool. After drilling a hole we were able to scan the lake underneath the ice and determine areas of interest. AquaEye indicates the direction and distance, so we were able to move to the spot it indicated, drill another hole and the object of interest was right there. AquaEye was extremely accurate. This enabled us to search large areas in a short amount of time."
"AquaEye® was able to quickly locate the victim in what was a difficult search environment. It brought closure to a family much sooner than traditional methods of recovery, and by shortening the search timeline, the device also reduced the time that rescuers were in the danger zone of the pier pylons."
Director, Duck Surf Rescue
"I see applications for AquaEye® in recovery operations and have recommended the product to police dive teams across the country. With ease of use and ease of care, AquaEye is very user friendly and requires little training."
Instructor/Trainer, RCMP National Underwater Recovery Training Centre
"In 2008 we lost my oldest son to a drowning / boat accident. It took 29 days to recover his body. In 2009 we started The BMF Project to honor our son and to try to ensure no other family had to go through what we did, especially because of lack of equipment. The BMF Project is excited at the possibilities presented by AquaEye®. The ease of deployment and use makes it ideal for open water swimming areas. We have trained with AquaEye® with multiple police, fire, and SAR agencies in North Texas, the opportunities to use it in a rescue versus a recovery have become apparent. We have even used AquaEye® in a recovery situation in which we were able to help bring closure to a family in a matter of minutes. In our opinion, AquaEye® will not only help many families but also keep those willing to sacrifice themselves to help bring our loved one’s home, safer."
Founder, The BMF Project
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AquaEye® is an advanced handheld sonar device, using the latest in ultrasound and AI technologies to identify human bodies underwater.