Hennepin Co. to get drowning victim locator - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Hennepin Co. to get drowning victim locator

Posted:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office will soon have an underwater remote-operated vehicle to help rescue and recover drowning victims.

Hennepin County commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a $145,000 grant to purchase the device.

The funding also covers dive-team training and equipment. The money is a U.S. Coast Guard port security grant.

The device would be owned, operated and maintained by the sheriff's office. It would be used in murky or deep-water recoveries, such as in Lake Minnetonka, where depths can reach 100 feet. It will be used along with sonar equipment that the sheriff's office already has.

Officials say the device will allow for quicker recovery of drowning victims and enhance the dive team's safety.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.