There’s a fast, new boat on the Hudson River, one whose mission is to help keep other boaters safe.
Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith helped launch a new patrol boat at a ceremony at the Cold Spring Boat Club on Thursday, Aug. 29. The 24-foot Boston Whaler Enforcer was acquired through an intergovernmental agreement. Rose Harvey, Commissioner of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, whose department provided the boat, also took part in the ceremony.
The event was a who’s who of regional law enforcement, attended by representatives from New York State State Park Police, Environmental Conservation police, and officers from the Counties of Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess and Putnam. Crews and boats from a number of those agencies’ marine law enforcement units were also on hand.
Sheriff Smith used the occasion to remind boaters to play it safe by staying sober and using life vests. The new boat, which replaces an older vessel also provided by New York State Parks, is powered by twin 200-horsepower Mercury engines.