The Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft owned by the White River Hazleton Volunteer Fire Department has served them well since they purchased it in 2011. The Department operates a dive boat, but needed a hovercraft to let them access areas a boat can’t reach. White River Hazleton protects the main fork of the White River in southern Indiana, which drains 70% of the state, and they provide mutual aid into Illinois as well.
Mark Ellis of the White River Hazleton Fire Department pilots their Neoteric hovercraft on the Wabash River last year as his Department assisted Neoteric with advanced flight training for the Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Department.
The Department’s hovercraft has successfully completed numerous difficult rescues along the White and Wabash Rivers … here’s an article about their most recent success …
Mt. Carmel Register
Oct. 7, 2015
by Marcus Smith
Hovercraft called in to rescue stranded boat
MOUNT CARMEL- Wabash Emergency Management Agency (WEMA) had to call in Hazleton’s White River Water Rescue and its hovercraft to rescue a stuck pontoon boat on the Wabash River Monday morning.
Mike Ellis, White River Township Fire Chief, said the plan was to raise the motor on the pontoon boat out of the water, get the boat floating downstream and tow it to a downstream boat ramp.
After raising the motor out of the water the boat began to drift down river before hanging up on another set of rocks.
The passengers of the boat could be seen rocking the boat back and forth trying to break free.
When that didn’t work, a tow rope was thrown from the pontoon boat to the hovercraft.
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