Sheriff's Office marine patrol trains with underwater devices

Becky Vargo • May 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Police weren’t looking for a body in the river on Wednesday.

Rather, members of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol were conducting a monthly training session on Spring Lake and Lake Michigan, according to Sgt. Eric Westveer.

Eight officers split between two boats after getting equipment ready Wednesday morning at the day boat dock on Harbor Island. Westveer said the plan was for everyone to get proficient at using the side-scan sonar and underwater robot, both of which are used in search-and-rescue efforts in the area.

The team planned to scan a wreck, the Manistee, beneath the surface of Spring Lake. If weather permitted, they would travel 3 miles out on Lake Michigan to scan another wreck, the Ironsides.

There were no plans to send divers into the water on Wednesday, Westveer said. A diving exercise will be conducted at their next training in June.

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