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Patrolling The Waters To Protect You

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If you are out and about on Lake Wylie this summer, you may notice a new patrol boat.

The Gaston County Police Department has a new patrol boat purchased through drug asset money.

So that means, it didn't come from tax payer dollars.

The new boat has an enclosed cabin so officers can still patrol during severe weather.

Officers can patrol the waters to make sure boaters are safe, are carrying all the right safety equipment and helping people in the water.

"Especially on holiday weekends, we are so busy now so we have the option of having 2 boats on each lake," said Sgt. Josh Hamlin.

Police say the most typical calls include boaters running out of gas.

The new boat also has sonar technology which can help with water searches.

"You can see trees, handguns, and other evidence and even body in the water," said Hamlin.

Just this week, a 19-year-old drowned on Mountain Island Lake.

Police used the new boat to help divers recover the body quickly.

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