The story behind the name of Vernon’s new search-and-rescue boat

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Vernon Search and Rescue named its new boat "Legacy," as a tribute to the now-defunct Okanagan Landing volunteer fire department, which made a financial contribution to the vessel. – Sep 25, 2019

Vernon Search and Rescue dedicated its new boat Tuesday evening.

The vessel has been named “Legacy” as a tribute to the now-defunct Okanagan Landing Volunteer Fire Department.

The search-and-rescue group was able to purchase the boat secondhand thanks to a donation the former volunteer fire department made when it disbanded.

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“It was able to honour the effort and the assistance from the Okanagan Landing Volunteer Fire Department,” said Trevor Honigman, a spokesperson for Vernon Search and Rescue. “It was really a legacy of their work that made this all possible, for this boat to be on the Okanagan Lake right now.”

The purpose-built boat will improve the organization’s ability to respond to requests for help when there is inclement weather, Honigman said.

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“This is a lot larger than the boats we’ve had before, and that gives us the ability to tackle large waves and wind conditions at night that we didn’t have before,” Honigman said.

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The search-and-rescue group has been training on the new boat, although it hasn’t had to be deployed in a rescue operation yet.

On Tuesday night, the group took former volunteer fire department members for a ride so they could see the benefit of their donation.

–With files from Megan Turcato

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