- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

BAY PORT, Mich. (AP) - A new 20-foot boat will be deployed for search, rescue and patrol operations in Michigan’s Thumb region including parts of Lake Huron.

A commissioning ceremony takes place Thursday near Bay Port for the airboat named “Sheriffs’ Endeavor” that can ride on ice as well as water.

The boat is part of a joint effort by the Huron and Tuscola county sheriff’s departments and it replaces a 16-foot airboat that’s been used since 2000.

Officials say all but $35,000 of the $150,000 project was funded by Homeland Security grants. Demonstrations are planned as part of the event.

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