A brand new boat will be helping Fort McMurray Search and Rescue cruise the waters across Wood Buffalo.
The organization put a call out for funds to purchase a new watercraft with a state of the art sonar system and the ability to travel across shallow water.
Search and Rescue received $125,000 and got their new boat back in July.
Liaison Officer Bryce Bodner tells Mix News, in that short time, they’ve already gotten their money’s worth.
“Since then, we’ve already been on a number of calls with it, so it’s already being put to good use.”
The boat was recently used to help find the body of a missing 16-year-old-boy in Gregoire Lake.
Bodner says they realized they needed a new boat when they were helping in the search efforts for the four missing hunters from Fort Chipewyan.
“The previous boat that we had, unfortunately, didn’t meet the capabilities that we needed, the range of response, as well as the sonar system and what not.”
Asides from helping in search efforts, the boat will be able to help during emergency situations as it can float on as little as 10 inches of water.
“That will help us significantly if we ever need to do any residential evacuations from flooding – it’s more specifically used for our rivers, obviously we have a lot of waterways within our region here, so it definitely helps us,” added Bodner.
He notes they’re expecting to use the boat for at least the next 10-years.
Meanwhile, Search and Rescue will be hosting an event on Sunday, October 14 where residents can learn more about the organization and the newly purchased boat.