New Sarasota Police boat travels farther and faster

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Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota Police Department received a new marine boat designed to go farther and faster.  

The new 34 foot Yellowfin can reach about 60 miles per hour and allows marine officers to travel out into the Gulf for rescues plus patrol Sarasota Bay.

"The boat will do 60 miles an hour. It affords me in a boating accident to help more people. It affords me a large platform to lay patients on deck while paramedics while I bring them into shore," says Officer Bruce King, with Sarasota Police Departments Marine Unit.

The boat retailing at $250,000 was paid for using a grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District funded by taxpayers.

Yellowfin is a Bradenton boat manufacturing company. Sarasota Police officials say Yellowfin reduced its price to $175,000 making it more affordable for taxpayers.

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