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Limestone Co. Sheriff's deputies receive boat training

They are down to 4 people who are designated as boat drivers. (Source: WAFF) They are down to 4 people who are designated as boat drivers. (Source: WAFF)
LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Deputies with a local sheriff's department went out on the Elk River on Friday, getting some training that hadn’t been done for a long time.

It had been 12 years since they've had any new deputies trained to drive their boat or be part of the crew. They need them ready to prevent long response times when there's a emergency on the water.

They are down to 4 people who are designated as boat drivers. Many of those who have done it over the years are now retired or have moved on from the department. 15 Limestone County deputies trained on Friday. Five or six of them will be designated boat drivers, the rest will be available as crew members.

Response times are critical when there is situation on the water. If it happened in the middle of the night, someone may have to be called who isn't working. However, with more deputies now trained, there will always be someone on shift who can man the boat.

“We're kind of building our boat personnel back up,” said Limestone County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy King. “They'll be utilized in case of call outs for boat accidents, a stranded boat that's on the water, rescue or drowning.”

A retired Marine Police officer trained the deputies Friday. They use the boat for more than emergencies, it's used to patrol the river during heavy traffic times, like the fourth of July. It wasn't a beautiful day like earlier in the week, but it was good in the eyes of the Chief Deputy, because many times when a boat is needed, it's because the weather isn't ideal.

"One of the guys walked up and said, 'You ain't training if it ain't raining,'" said King. "Usually, it's in the inclement weather when we use the boat a lot of time. It's not always a sunny pretty day. "We have fifteen going through the class today. Of those fifteen, maybe five or six of them will be designated as boat drivers, the others as crew members."

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