The boat pictured above is a recent
addition to the Sheriff's Department Dive / Rescue Division. The Boat itself was donated by
Mr. Paul Hoppes of Seminole Marine. The Yamaha Saltwater Series 115 outboard
was provided by Yamaha at less that half the selling price. The dive team is a
member of the Tri-States Emergency Response Team which includes Florida, Alabama and
Georgia. When called, they respond to underwater emergencies in the Tri-States area as
well as underwater searches to recover property or for crime scene investigations.
The team consists of three full time deputies and one auxiliary deputy. Specialized
equipment used in addition to scuba gear includes an underwater metal detector, underwater
scooters, and dry suits for cold weather operations. Their primary mission is searching for and recovering evidence of crimes,
victims of drowning due to swimming, boating, airplane and car accidents. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department
is proud of its diving unit and its accomplishments.
For more information about the Dive/Rescue
contact Lt. Mike Hodges.