'If We're Looking For You With That Unit, It's Better For You'

HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A new high-tech vessel has been commissioned for the Suffolk County sheriff’s office.

The Suffolk County sheriff christened the new vessel to applause in Hampton Bays on Thursday.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, a law enforcement officer said the new Marine 41 does everything.

The 41-foot boat will be used to help find those lost at sea and also to help fight terrorism.

“It can do radiological detection, it can do hazmat detection, it has a firefighting system on board, it has forward-looking infrared. So it’s a better search platform. If we’re looking for you with that unit, it’s better for you,” East End Marine Task Force Commanding Officer Ed Michaels told Hall.

“We can see underneath the water to the bottom if we’re searching for something under there,” Sgt. John Andrejack said.

The vessel is unique to the area. There is not another one like it within 100 miles, Hall reported.

The $1.2 million vessel was paid for with a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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