Pennsylvania county adds Boston Whaler patrol boat

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Residents and businesses along the Ohio River in Beaver County, Pa., will soon see a new Boston Whaler 25-foot Guardian on patrol.

The Beaver Valley River Response Task Force received a grant of $140,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Ohio’s Department of Economic and Community Development to purchase the patrol boat from Brunswick Commercial and Government Products.

“We wanted a durable boat because we plan to patrol around the clock during the summertime,” Det. James DeGori said in a statement. “We’ve had our eyes on the Boston Whaler for a while. They’re unsinkable, and they last practically forever.”

The 25-foot Guardian is equipped for law enforcement, fire and rescue operations. The boat is powered by dual 150-hp Mercury Marine Verado outboard engines, which are protected by an aluminum crash rail.

The task force will have daytime and nighttime patrols to provide law enforcement coverage on the water for local chemical plants and oil and chemical storage tanks and to assist with general waterway improvements and awareness.

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