Clark County's new river patrol makes first rescue
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - For the first time officers with the Clark County Sheriff's Department are not just patrolling on land, but also on water.
Thanks to a federal grant, a county-wide boat patrol is now possible.
"We go all the way to locks down by Clarksville and all the way to Bethlehem, so that's all the stretch of Clark County and I don't think people realize how much of Clark County is along the Ohio River, but it is a fairly large portion," Corporal Scottie Maples said.
Multiple officers have gone through the training and by Sunday night those skills were already put to the test.
Josh Paige's teenage daughter spent the day with her boyfriend and his family on their Sea-Doo when something happened and it started to sink.
Thankfully, a nearby boat saw what was happening and called for help.
"First reaction was, what did you get yourself into?" Paige said. "Second reaction was I was glad there was somebody there to help."
Clark County rescue crews were the first to respond.
"We were able to pull them out of the water and bring them to safety and help tow their boat back to the dock with the assistance of Louisville Metro," Maples.
"I didn't realize that it was their first time out," Paige said. "I just assumed that was normal for procedure for them and they just jumped in and did what they did."
It's a program that Paige is thankful is in place and the sheriff's office is glad to provide.
"It takes the sheriff's office to the next level of providing the safety to the citizens of Clark County," Maples said.
"I'm glad they were there when we needed them," Paige said.
For now Clark County officers will stick to patrolling the river during holiday weekends, but hope to step up boat patrols at some point.
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