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Opgal staff writers
February 20, 2017
Coast guard and search and rescue teams face extreme conditions daily, as a regular element of their jobs. At night, and especially in stormy weather, efforts to save people in the water can quickly become a nightmare scenario simply because they can’t be seen. Handheld thermal cameras can save rescue teams precious minutes that make the difference between life and death, by revealing the location of people that have been swept overboard and are in imminent danger of drowning. These cameras display images that are based on differences in heat, not on light, and this is what makes them invaluable to crews working against the clock to save lives.
Modern thermal binoculars can be used at sea as well as on land. They make it possible to detect a human target as far away from a vessel as 2000 meters, greatly increasing the survivability of people fighting for their lives in the water.
In fact, with thermal imaging technology, you have access to clear and sharp pictures regardless of time of day or weather conditions. The light weight of the device is also important since it makes it easier to handle and operate the camera, when seconds can make the difference between being lost at sea and being pulled from the water.
The thermal cameras are also excellent for detecting hazards like rocks, ice, floating debris, and other, smaller vessels. This makes it possible to avoid accidents that might lead to costly damages and losses.
Another great advantage of modern thermal imaging technology is that it is easy to operate, even for a person that has never worked with this type of equipment before. With intuitive layout and functions that are clear and easy to understand, people working for the coast guard or marines can be quickly trained on the equipment and start benefiting from the advantages of being able to see in the dark. Energy efficiency also comes in handy during rescue missions that take more time than initially expected.
Using handheld thermal cameras at sea can spell out the difference between life and death. They are especially helpful in dark, freezing, and stormy conditions where every second counts. This makes thermal technology invaluable for this application, and it should really be standard equipment for any vessel or rescue team going out to sea.
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