07-17-2008, 02:48 AM #1
Sheriffs office has 2 new jet skis
Sheriff's office has new Jet Ski to keep boaters safe
Holly Roepke, Park Rapids Enterprise
Published Wednesday, July 02, 2008
The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office has a new lifesaving tool to use this year, a Kawasaki STXTM - 15F JET SKI® watercraft.
The new watercraft, which was provided by Bristow’s Kawasaki in St. Cloud, will enable deputies to reach distressed boaters, swimmers and respond to other water emergencies and enforcement incidents.
Hubbard County Sheriff Gary Mills said, “Hubbard County has more than 200 lakes over five acres in size. We feel the watercraft will be very beneficial to our enforcement program and also for search and rescue operations.” RELATED CONTENT
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During this celebratory weekend, the sheriff’s office reminds that life jackets are a must in any motorized watercraft. Also, any boat 16 feet or longer is required to have a type IV throwable device, like a US Coast Guard approved boater’s seat cushion. Lights must be working and on anytime after sunset to sunrise.
As the weather is getting warmer, be sure to follow the safety guidelines on your tube when tubing behind a boat. A standard rule to go by is to tow adults at no more than 20 miles per hour and kids at no more than 15 miles per hour.
If you allow your child to operate a watercraft vehicle, be sure they have a watercraft operator’s permit, or have someone age 21 or older on board with them.
A 1,497cc four-stroke engine that meets the California Air Resources Board 2008 emissions requirements, the most stringent marine engine emissions regulations in the US boating industry, powers the STX-15F watercraft. Other advanced technological features include greatly increased fuel economy, Smart Steering, a quieter exhaust sound and a long and wide, comfortable seat that holds up to three people. The craft’s extra-stable hull and automatically retracting step make boarding easy, even in deep water.
“This watercraft is ideally suited to rescue situations,” said Roger Hagie, director of public affairs for Kawasaki Motors Corp. “They’re quick and maneuverable, and they have no exposed propellers or other moving parts on the outside of the hull that could harm a swimmer. In addition, watercrafts have a very shallow draft, which enables them to operate in low levels of water that might restrict other boats. We hope the watercraft can make a significant contri-bution to water safety in Hubbard County in the coming months.”
Following successful use of the watercraft by life-saving and marine enforcement agencies throughout the United States, Kawasaki Motors Corp., implemented an ongoing loan program that allows Kawasaki dealers to provide watercraft to qualified agencies across the country for periods of up to one year. Bristow’s Kawasaki arranged this loan and will service the vessel for the duration of the loan period.
This is the 19th year of Kawasaki’s law enforcement loan program. Since the program’s inception in 1989, over 1,475 individual agencies in all 50 states have borrowed in excess of 5,750 watercraft, valued at more then $37 million. Statistical surveys completed by past agencies show that each season hundreds of lives are saved by the use of the loaned watercraft.
07-17-2008, 02:49 AM #2
The Town of Hamburg will be using some new tools on the water during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.
This summer, Yamaha is loaning two jet skis to the town police department, but the gift does come with some out-of-pocket costs.
Chief Carmen Kesner says the department paid about $1,000 for a trailer and jet-ski covers. The town will also be responsible for fuel costs, but Chief Kesner said the donated jet skis are two of the most fuel efficient on the market. He estimates their 18-gallon tanks will last at least an entire shift.
"It's minimal compared to the service we can provide with it," Lieutenant Jim Koch said of the expense.
Hamburg's approximately 100 square miles of water is already covered by a town police boat, a Hamburg Water Rescue boat and watercraft owned by Erie County. Still, Chief Kesner says jet skis can be deployed much more rapidly in the event of an emergency.
"Our main purpose out here is public safety and it's a very small price to pay for the public safety we'll be able to afford," Kesner said.
The department will be responsible for any damages to the watercraft during the duration of the loaner program, but Kesner says they are covered under the town's umbrella insurance policy.
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