The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is now equipped to handle water rescues on its own.

Sheriff Brad DeLay reports he bought a surplus Missouri State Water Patrol boat for about $2,000. Delay said he saw the need for the boat after flooding in recent years. Most recently, he pointed to the Christmas rain last year that flooded several areas in Lawrence County and made them impassible for vehicles. Several victims had to be rescued throughout the county.

Until now, the sheriff’s office had to call the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol to provide a boat and personnel. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to use those resources in conjunction with the newly acquired boat.

Lawrence County deputies are training with other agencies to get ready to use the boat.