Page Police Department Boat Patrol Rescues Swimmers
PAGE, AZ (July 6, 2016): On July 4, 2016 the Page Police Department launched its new patrol boat as part of the multi-agency 4th of July operations.The patrol boat had been received for free from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Sergeant Bill Schuldies piloted the boat, assisted by Detective Cody Miller and Officer Terry TerEick. They conducted patrols of the Chains swimming area and the adjacent channel, which are within Page city limits.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) observed a swimmer in distress from the Chains parking area. The CCSO and National Park Service boats were busy at Lone Rock and Antelope Point Marina and were not in the area. The Page Police Department Boat Patrol contacted this swimmer who was waving them down. The swimmer, an adult female from Flagstaff, was across the channel and unable to make it back. The boat patrol safely transported her back to shore. They later rescued a second swimmer who was also across the channel and needed help getting back. The boat patrol made 14 total swimmer contacts in the channel and ended up transporting 6 swimmers from the channel back to shore, including two juveniles and a 2-3 year old child. They also made 6 vessel contacts, one of them for a boating violation. There were numerous contacts with people on shore and swimming in the Chains swimming area. It should be noted that the Page Police and Fire Department did not receive a single call for service from the public in the Chains area the entire day.
CONTACT: Lieutenant Larry Jones
Media Release #: 16-16