McLennan County Sheriff's Office set to launch new boat

Posted at 9:55 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 23:04:41-04

The McLennan County Sheriff's Office is set to launch a new piece of equipment in the next 30 days.

The sheriff's office recently bought a boat to help with search and rescue operations, but the county didn't pay a penny for it.

"It was paid for with seizure funds basically from drug dealers, and we certainly appreciate them for buying us this new boat," McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said. 

The Riverpro aluminum boat allows the sheriff's office to go places most can't.

"It is designed to go in low water. It will go in as low as four inches of water, which gives us the ability to go up the majority of our rivers here in McLennan County," McLennan County Sheriff's Office Captain Shawn Nixon said.

Nixon said the boat allows them to increase their coverage across the county and increase services to the citizens of McLennan County without a financial burden.

The MCSO teams up with the Texas Game Wardens, which they still plan to do, but with their boat, too.

"[The game wardens are] unbelievable when it comes to search and rescue but they can't be there all at once," McNamara said.

McNamara said they will go wherever they are needed, no matter where it is.

The boat is set to launch within the next month or so.

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