Sheriff's Office Donates Boat To Coast Guard Auxiliary

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For the past several years the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary has used Roosevelt Lake as a base of training and operations for several Flotillas stationed around Arizona.

During training maneuvers on the water, Flotilla members are willing and able to assist the Roosevelt Lake Patrol Unit with a variety of watercraft issues.

So, when the Gila County Sheriff's Office Roosevelt Lake Patrol acquired four new patrol boats in the past couple of years through State Lakes Improvement Fund (SLIF) grants, there was a surplus of old boats. Some of patrol boats were purchased through previous grants and were disposed of in accordance to grant specifications, and one was purchased outright.

That boat, with many useful years still available, was recently donated by the Sheriff's Office to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The watercraft will still be used to patrol Roosevelt Lake on summer holiday weekends and at other times throughout the year.

The USCGA helps Roosevelt Lake Patrol by cruising the lake watching for disabled watercraft or anyone in need of assistance. They will also do boat inspections on request.

According to Gila County Sheriff John R. Armer: "The flotillas that operate on Roosevelt Lake are a huge asset to the Lake Patrol Unit and over the past several years have provided tremendous service to boaters and water sports enthusiasts. It is a great opportunity and honor for the Sheriff's Office to be able to assist them with their mission."

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