RFMF NAVY HYDROGRAPHIC SEARCH TEAM BEGIN WORK AT CRASH SITE
The navy hydrographic team led by Lieutenant Javis Robinson have begun their work at the helicopter crash site in Natewa Bay. This was confirmed by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Navy Commander Captain (Navy) Humphrey Tawake yesterday. He said the team was using the Multibeam Echo Sounders (MBES). MBES, he said, was the latest sonar system. Like other sonar systems it transmits sound energy and analyses the return signal (echo) that has bounced off the seafloor or other objects. Captain (Navy) Tawake said the machine would pick up anything which was not part of the ocean. RFMF Navy team leader Lieutenant Robinson is the first Fijian to graduate with a First Class Pass and Post Graduate Diploma from Plymouth University. Captain (Navy) Tawake said Lieutenant Robinson had attended a similar course in India.
Maritime Surveillance and Rescue Coordination Centre Director Lieutenant Sairusi Colati said the team had started work as the weather was favourable. He said as of yesterday the team had not spotted anything.
Lieutenant Colati said the same machine was also used to map out the oceans. He said they were working with the Police.