Indepth Marine
Airplane Salvage

While fighting a forest fire near Kelowna BC, a water bomber's landing gear remained down during an attempt to scoop water. Luckily the pilot was rescued by nearby witnesses, who rushed to the scene with their boat. A bystander managed to capture the accident on camera at the time. During an attempt to tow the plane to shore, the pontoons were dislodged and the plane sunk to the lakebed, resting in 260 feet of water.

Worksafe BC deemed this too deep to allow commercial divers to descend to, so the plane was rigged by Indepth Marine using the Sea Eye Falcon ROV. The plane was raised to a depth of approximately 20 feet, where a dive team secured it for lifting out off the water onto a waiting barge. Transportation Safety Board of Canada representatives were on site to direct the salvage, and were impressed with the capabilities of the ROV and the operator, Kelvin Magee.

Using the grabber/manipulator, the ROV opened the door of the airplane, and passed a line through the cabin. Then after maneuvering to the other side of the cabin, grabbed the line again and secured it with a carabiner.