Kevin Roderriques ( US Gov & US Coastguard Certified Instructor) and with him the first US Coastguard Certified UK Airboat Operator Gary Parsons ( Our Station Officer) receiving he's operators Certificate.
Gary said " this has been a long hard struggle for us at BSAR" "Airboats have saved thousands of lives in floods around the USA and many other country's and we now hope to follow suit here in the UK"
" airboats are unaffected by debris filled flood water, and can operate in just a couple of inches of water which makes them perfect for those hard to reach area's which conventional craft find impossible"
" Both of my Instructors are veterans of the mass evacuation of casualties using Airboats from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and have been an inspiration to me "
" We never do things the easy route at BSAR, but through our tenacity and want, have been able to safely recover casualties from area's that conventional vehicles and craft cannot in every weather, from the cockerling tragedy of 2004 to the West Cumbrian Snows of this Spring " "and we will continue to succeed with our own Diamond Back Shallow Water & Flood Rescue Boat Airboat"
" this is a proud moment for me and the team, and I can't let it pass without thanking all the individuals and organisations who have helped us get our own boat ready for service"
" so now watch this space"
Gary trained with Florida-3 Airboat Search and Rescue