First Responders Receive Unmanned Water Rescue Technology Training | OceanAlpha

In October 2021, the second annual unmanned technology application conference was held in Georgia, USA. In the “Water Rescue” scenario, demonstration and training of the Dolphin 1 surface rescue robot received a positive response.

Video source: Flymotion

Hundreds of law enforcement and emergency management personnel had attended the five-day conference that emphasizes the use of technology in eight realistic scenarios–from an active shooter situation, to tracking down a wanted subject, as well as natural disasters –like severe flooding.

In the water rescue scenario, the street was submerged by 2 meters of water. People who had not evacuated in time shrank on the roof to wait for transfer. Some accidentally fell into the water yelling for help, while others were trapped underwater with unknown conditions.

Multiple unmanned devices were dispatched at the same time to maximum rescuing efficiency. A drone airdropped life jackets and medical kits to the people on the roof to protect them from secondary safety threats. On the shore, as a responder tossed the Dolphin 1 into the water, powerful propellers stirred up waves and quickly drove the Dolphin 1 to pick up the victim. After confirming that the victim had tightly grasped the nonslip handrails and lie down steadily, the responder activated the robot remotely to bring the victim to the dry land.


An ROV equipped with an HD camera and sonar was also launched into the water, providing decision-making data for divers to perform a rapid point-to-point rescue.


“The application of robots and unmanned technology can minimize the security threats faced by emergency personnel. We have invested a lot to make Dolphin 1 simple and strong enough. Users can learn to use it within minutes. This is also the reason why Dolphin 1 is popular in the global market.” said Ran Zhang, general manager of OceanAlpha, manufacturer of Dolphin 1.


“Technology is key. It offers the ability to put something that is a piece of technology where you would normally put a human is life-saving,” said Ryan English, CEO of FLYMOTION, host of the event.

“These departments will go home, and they will be more proficient in the use of this technology, ultimately keeping their communities and keeping their colleagues safe.”