This is the 75 horsepower DR-520 Mercury dive and rescue boat, along with the boat is a 12 member dive team. This is all possible through a $30,000 Homeland Security grant. Chief Burney Baskett says this boat and team are critical especially in the summer.
"We have had some drowning in the County Park areas, we have had some people get in trouble we have boating incidents now and then, of course we have the Coast Guard but these use more deep water boats they don't get in the bay very well and can't get into the shallow shores, we can get close to shoreline and assist the Beach Patrol and take care of whatever trouble is out there."
Destiny Aikien is from New Braunfels and visiting South Padre Island. She says she feels safer with a rescue and dive team patrolling the waters.
"Last year we were vacationing around the same time and a man and his daughter actually downed, we saw the Coast Guard flying and everything I think it's a good idea that we have something locally."
Chief Baskett says they made a test run with the boat Tuesday and things were running smoothly. The rescue team has received their initially training and are now working on their rescue diving.