As a part of the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, this team is tasked with enforcing boating and wildlife ordinances and state laws as they apply to water ways in Yakima County. These Marine Deputies are required to attend the Marine Officers Academy, and where they are required to demonstrate knowledge of boating laws, and advanced boating skills.
Part of our duties include conducting inspections and investigating accidents, complaints and concerns of the over 6,000 registered boat owners in Yakima County.
Yakima County has 288 miles of shoreline shared among the following waterways:
Columbia River at Desert Aire
The equipment used to fulfill our tasks includes:
19-Foot Almar Patrol Boat - This vessel is used on the larger bodies of water within Yakima County. It is staffed with a crew of 2 and specializes in vessel towing, water rescue, night operations as well as operating in rough water conditions.
17-Foot Almar Patrol Boat (Jet) - This vessel is powered by a 150 HP Mercury Outboard Jet Pump. It is utilized in smaller bodies of waters such as rivers, small lakes, and waters where maneuverability is limited. It is staffed with a crew of 2 and has the same capabilities of the larger patrol boat.
2 Wave Runners - These patrol water crafts are used on all bodies of water within Yakima County. Wave Runners are our primary swift water rescue vessels and are often used during public events.