In September 2021, the US National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to use an ROV to investigate the sinking of Maine-based fishing vessel Emma Rose in late November 2020. The 82-foot vessel was located using side-scan sonar in an upright position with its outriggers deployed, in ~800 feet (243m) of water on the seafloor ~25 miles (40km) off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts USA.
Such an inspiring story about a student working out a way to address a global problem!
Anna Du has been building and perfecting an ROV since the age of 12, specifically to identify microplastics in the ocean. She also created an Artificial Intelligence (AI) simulation to predict microplastic locations and has even written a book about her passion!