KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad received a new boat on Saturday and it has been involved in two rescues this weekend.
Captain of the rescue squad Mark Jenkins said a $150,000 donation allowed them to buy the boat.
“We purchased a brand new lake assault boat, and today was it’s first maiden voyage and we’re going to try to keep this boat staffed on the water every weekend,” said Jenkins.
On Saturday, 10 people were on a boat when it began taking on water. The boat did not fully sink and no one was injured. It was towed to shore by the new rescue boat. Jenkins said they were also called to another medical emergency.
“It’s been a busy weekend so far and it’s just day one,” said Jenkins.
He said Concord Marina donated a slip for the boat and it will be kept on the water for 24 hours a day. He said the boat is 24 feet long and can hold up to 25 people in case an evacuation is needed. He said this is the first time they have had a boat in the water, and it will cut down on response time.
“If there’s an emergency, we’re on the water where we can respond immediately. The vessel runs about 45 mph so we can get places quick,” said Jenkins.
Jenkins said there are 12 divers, and they are still training more boat operators for the boat over the next couple of months.