MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Putnam County Sheriff's Department has launched a new marine patrol vessel that will be used to patrol Lake Mahopac this summer.

The new vessel, a 2012 21-foot Boston Whaler, replaces a 1998 18-foot Boston Whaler. In addition to a standard marine patrol vessel package, the new vessel comes equipped with radar and a forward-looking infrared camera.  

The newly equipped vessel will increase the Sheriff’s Department’s capabilities for searching in the dark and handling emergencies on the lake. 

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The vessel was provided to the Sheriff’s Department by the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, at no cost to Putnam County. The Sheriff’s Department also participates in a NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation reimbursement program, which provides funding for all the Sheriff’s Department’s Marine Patrol operations. 

Article courtesy of Putnam County Sheriff's Department