Joaquín Amills, the spokesperson for the maternal family of the girls Olivia and Anna, murdered in Tenerife on April 27, confirmed yesterday that some companies have already offered to participate in the work to locate the corpses of Beatriz Zimmermann’s youngest daughter and that of Tomás Gimeno. Amills clarified that both companies are Spanish and supposedly have robots trained to face tasks of these characteristics at great depths.
The information that the woman has has already been provided to the Civil Guard, with the aim of taking it into account when evaluating alternatives to the technological equipment of the oceanographic vessel Ángeles Alvariño, which is not expected to continue for many more days. off the coast of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Today marks the three weeks since the aforementioned ship arrived in Tenerife and his intervention, together with the data provided by the researchers of the Armed Institute, was key to locating Olivia’s body on the 10th of this month. But, in addition to other pending commitments, a key piece, the Liropus robot, suffers from operational problems, due to the intense effort to which it has been subjected. In fact, last weekend the boat was docked at the South Dock of the port of Santa Cruz due to a breakdown in said unmanned vehicle, which is responsible for taking images and collecting objects from the seabed.
The Maritime Rescue and Safety Society (Sasemar) has a remotely controlled underwater robot that, in principle, would have the ability to participate in the search of the bodies of the girl Anna and her father and alleged murderer, Tomás Gimeno, at great depth. Sea rescue owns the Comanche unmanned underwater robot, which can descend to carry out work at a depth of about 1,000 meters. Authorized sources of said institution declined to make any kind of statement on this matter and referred to speak with the Civil Guard. And sources close to the investigation limited themselves to saying yesterday that different options in this area are still being evaluated.
According to the data released by the aforementioned body, which depends on the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Comanche has a search sonar with a maximum range of 300 meters, a sonar-altimeter with a range of 50 meters, a depth gauge and a flashing beacon for its location on the surface.
Said robot isá equipped with three high definition cameras and different types of arms for collecting objects of various characteristics on the seabed. The aforementioned element participated in the rescue of two lost fishing vessels in Galicia in 2004, in the shipwreck of the Nueva Pepita Aurora ship in 2007, as well as in the search for two El Fairell fishermen in 2017, among other services. At the beginning of 2020, the Rua Mar fishing boat was shipwrecked, as a result of the storm Gloria. The Comanche unmanned vehicle allowed the recovery of the corpse of a crew member and the discovery of the aforementioned ship, thus ruling out other erroneous locations.
According to the official data provided by Salvamento Marítimo, Comanche robot can operate one kilometer deep, as long as the weather conditions are right. For example, it cannot be used if there is a wind with a speed greater than 25 knots, nor if there is more than force four on the Douglas scale in the sea state.
The Comanche has a total of seven engines, of which four drive in the horizontal plane and another three in the vertical line. With these thrusters it reaches a speed of three knots. Its usual headquarters are at the Fene Strategic Rescue and Fight Against Pollution Base, in La Coruña. It has a payload capacity of about 250 kilos. The energy and the orders to the unmanned robot are sent to it through a remote control, which is connected to the umbilical cable that links the robot to the boat.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.