VIDEO: Yamaha Marine Group donates boats and engines to Georgia agency

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Yamaha Marine Group President Ben Speciale (left) presents Col. Eddie Henderson (second from left) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources with four G3 boats powered by Yamaha 4-stroke outboards. Others shown are DNR Cpl. Bart Hendrix; DNR Sgt. Jason Roberson; and Martin Peters, manager of government relations for the Yamaha Marine Group.

Yamaha Marine Group President Ben Speciale (left) presents Col. Eddie Henderson (second from left) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources with four G3 boats powered by Yamaha 4-stroke outboards. Others shown are DNR Cpl. Bart Hendrix; DNR Sgt. Jason Roberson; and Martin Peters, manager of government relations for the Yamaha Marine Group.

Yamaha Marine Group donated four boats, four trailers and four Yamaha 4-stroke outboard motors to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The agency will use the boats to assist search-and-rescue efforts in emergencies or natural disasters.

Ben Speciale, president of the Yamaha Marine Group, presented the boats Friday to Col. Eddie Henderson, director of law enforcement for the DNR, in front of Yamaha employees at the company’s Kennesaw, Ga. headquarters.

“Yamaha has a great deal of respect for the role the Georgia DNR plays in managing Georgia’s wildlife and, in particular, our fisheries,” Speciale said in a statement. “This organization contributes greatly to the sportsmen and sportswomen across the state, and on behalf of the 1,800 Yamaha employees in Georgia I am proud to show our support of Georgia DNR through the donation of these boats and outboards.”

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Two of the G3 boats donated to the DNR are equipped with Yamaha F25 outboards; the third is equipped with an F30 outboard and the fourth is powered by an F40 outboard.

All four are suitable for handling the difficult, tight maneuvering situations that can occur during search-and-rescue efforts after a natural disaster.

“During an emergency or natural disaster, it is critical that our team has access to the best equipment in order to carry out our job successfully,” Henderson said. “Yamaha appreciates the importance of these situations and understands our need for safe, reliable vessels. Yamaha’s support means a great deal to the Georgia DNR, and the donation of these boats could ultimately save lives down the road.”

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