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New Underwater Robot Here To Help

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This is Georgia DNR's latest tool--an R-O-V--or remote-operated-vehicle... equipped with lights and a gripping arm.

But the most important part of this one hundred thousand dollar robot is its SONAR.

Richard Tanner, Ranger First Class at GA DNR says, It's acoustic signals that are sent out through the water and brings back a ping and causes a visual image to be displayed onto a screen."

Having SONAR on this robot is the key to finding everything that is hiding below the water's surface.

"With these sound waves it actually gives us a visual image so that we can see what is underwater from the sound waves," said Tanner.

Conservation Ranger First Class Richard Tanner has found everything from drowning victims, murder weapons, airplanes, cars…even boats…

"Some of it has been intentional like insurance jobs where people would take and sink their boats on purpose and we would go out there and find their boat and retrieve it and turn it in," said Tanner.

After EMS responds to an emergency this robot is the first to get called in.

"It's been used on two different murder investigations to try to locate firearms as well as other evidence that was used in the murder," said Tanner.

So what's the smallest thing Ranger Tanner has found so far?

"A submerged IPhone. I found an IPhone that somebody dropped in the lake and was able to find it and retrieve it," said Tanner.

The R-O-V can travel all over the peach state because it runs off one small generator.

It's only two months old and doesn't have a name yet.

But Ranger Tanner hopes to change that soon.

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