Yellow Submarine Is NJ's Newest Crime-Fighter
(CBS 3) New Jersey has found a new vehicle that could be key in keeping the state safe from terrorism.
Less than three feet tall and weighing only 265 pounds, the new remote-controlled yellow submarine can travel to depths up to one thousand feet and has the ability to see and grab anything, from a weapon to a body.
“This eliminates many of the major factors for our divers. We can go down, we can search. Once we pick up an object, we can send a diver – we can set the ROV right on that object – and have the diver follow the yellow tether right down to the ROV,” said Trooper Chris Woznak of the New Jersey state police.
Major John Hunt echoed the usefulness of the remote-operated vehicle (ROV). “You have the piers, you have the bridges, you have the tunnels. We’ve utilized it several times over, checking those structures to see if there’s anything suspicious.”
The ROV can be used in any water conditions and has two close-circuit video cameras that can record and send back live video.
While terrorists or drug smugglers may try to weld suspicious devices to the underbelly of a ship, the remote-operated vehicle (ROV) prevents such dangerous activity. The submarine’s camera view is extremely clear, as it has been used to recover stolen vehicles from a New Jersey river by recording the car’s vehicle identification number.
There are only a few that exist, including one belonging to the FBI.
The half-million dollar crime fighter will be shared with New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware