Advertisement

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

Click to play video: 'Vernon Search and Rescue’s new boat' Vernon Search and Rescue’s new boat
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.

READ MORE: Police-involved car crash in West Kelowna being investigated by IIO

“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.

Story continues below advertisement

“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.

READ MORE: Recovered addict passes through Kelowna in world-record attempt for BMX trip

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

Sponsored content