The Sheriff's Marine Patrol Unit is charged with the responsibility of patrolling the rivers and coastal waterways of Levy County. The unit is prepared for ready-response to react to most any distress situation in reference to water way emergencies.
The Unit maintains a 6 member, highly trained rescue team. The team is equipped with the latest GPS search technology and communications equipment located on our airboats and skiff.
The Marine Unit conducts training with and supports the Levy County Sheriff's Office Rescue Dive Team on water-related search-and-rescue operations as well as maintaining a close liaison with surrounding county marine unit's, Florida Wildlife Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Marine Unit may be called at any time to assist with evidence searches, drowning recoveries, and vehicle recoveries in rivers and streams throughout the county. To facilitate these functions, the unit uses underwater cameras, metal detectors and hands on experience in waters with little to zero visibility.
The Marine Unit monitors hazards along the rivers and works to inform the public and river users of the natural hazards that exist to reduce the life safety risks for river users. Safe and enjoyable boating for our community is one of our goals.