Old Saybrook police said they christened a boat Friday, expanding their marine presence.
Officials said the decision to purchase a boat came after months of deliberation.
The new boat, which cost $25,000, used to be owned by the Coast Guard.
Police Chief Michael Spera said thanks to volunteers and donors, the cost was less than the original cost of $75,000.
"Last year was a very tough year...a very worrisome year that we were not able to serve the marine community. Now thanks to this boat we can do that again," said Spera.
Sergeant Ryan Walsh said although the boat is over a decade old, it is still in good condition.
"She runs great. Obviously these are Old Coast Guards boats that can go anywhere. In the Connecticut River here she's going to do a great job for us. Keep us dry, keep us safe as well,"
Last year, due to not owning a boat, the town had to rely on help from DEEP and other towns to assist stranded boaters.
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