The Mineral County Search and Rescue boat will soon be replaced by an updated model, recently brought to Glenn Bunch from the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
Previously used at Lake Mead, this 1998 Boston Whaler boat was delivered with a bright colored wrap, a new battery, new tires and an overhauled engine. A transfer of parts will be completed by Bunch, who is president of the Mineral County Search and Rescue, so the appropriate radio system and essential items can be properly assembled.
Bunch explained that the previous rescue boat suffered engine issues that could not be resolved. The NDOW rescue boat originally given in 1997 was used by Mineral County Search and Rescue for over 17 years, resulting in lasting well beyond the allotted fifth year timeframe, while covering many water related situations.
This boat, stored at the Walker Lake Fire Station, could not be used after the summer of 2014, once the Mercury engine was beyond repair. Since boat launches and lake use declined, an immediate replacement was not available until now.
The decision of disposal of the old boat will be made by NDOW and may be auctioned off at some time by the state or the county, depending upon a final ownership decision.