(Photo Courtesy of the Lake County Sheriff's Department)
On 7-19-13 Lake County Sheriff John Buncich dedicated a new vessel for use by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Marine Unit. The vessel is described as a 2013 Silver Ships AM 800 Rigid-hull inflatable boat with a three sided pilot house. It is equipped with the latest marine electronics and side scan sonar. It is 28 feet long with a beam of 9.4 feet.
The vessel was obtained through a FEMA 2009 Port Security Grant. The Sheriff’s department provided a trade in of a 1995 Silver Ships 28 foot aluminum patrol boat valued at $20,920.00. The vessel that was traded was obsolete and outdate in its equipment and ability to effectively respond. The Port Security grant dollars provided were $219,149.00, bringing the total cost for the vessel at $240,068.00. Officers assigned to the Marine Unit will attend training in the use of the electronic sonar provided by the manufacturer.
Sheriff Buncich stated, “We are afforded an opportunity to respond to critical incidents on the water with this boat in an effort to save lives and provide effective response particularly with the use of state of the art equipment this boat has. It is especially important during this summer season. The boat was used to assist in response to a drowning victim just yesterday at Wahala Beach. We hope to continue to provide a safer boating and swimming environment through marine patrols and rescues. This boat will help us in that effort.”
“During these difficult economic times, we are thankful to the grant dollars that allowed us to make this purchase without the use of any additional county funding,” Sheriff Buncich added.
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