Escambia Search and Rescue seeks public help to get the organization on top of their game.
The community-funded group recently had to sell one of their boats, primarily used for gulf water missions because it was too old and posed a safety risk.
Now they’re trying to raise money to buy an updated, more equipped boat to use in rough waters. They recently turned down missions because they didn’t have the manpower nor proper boats to safely conduct the operation.
Some may not think an extra group is necessary, but the commander of marine operations thinks differently.
“If you’re the person that’s in the water, how many boats is enough boats?” said B.J. Dunson, commander. “If you’re the loved one of somebody who’s missing in the water, how many boats is enough boats? In my mind, there aren’t enough boats.”
If you want to help with a donation or even volunteer with ESAR, you can click here to get to their website.