Law enforcement annual drift boat training kicks off on the Rogue River

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — The Marine Law Enforcement annual drift boat operations training course started June 10 on the Rogue River.

Thirteen agencies from around the state will be participating in the week-long exercise to perfect their drift boating operation techniques with hands-on experience.

Lessons will include swimming, rescue, navigation, and more with a variety of water environments and watercrafts.

As training days progress, they will practice more difficult skills and operate on higher class rapids.

“And throughout the course of the week they develop their self rescue techniques, which is what we’re doing today on the Rogue River,” said Marine Law Enforcement Training Coordinator Eddie Persichetti with the Oregon State Marine Board. “They’re learning how to rescue themselves before they can rescue other people. And then starting tomorrow we’re going to be launching drift boats and rafts on the rogue. And they learn drift boat techniques, and everything encompasses as far as what to do and man over board drills and how to interact with guide compliances and interact with boaters. It’s going to be a great week. We love coming down here.”

The training will go on for five days and conclude on June 14.

To learn about staying safe on the water, you can visit the Oregon State Marine Board’s official website.

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Sean Walters earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Emerging Media and Digital Arts from Southern Oregon University. As a result of an accelerated academic program, he graduated in just three years. He was born in Antioch, California, then grew up in Southern Oregon. Sean loves to travel, play guitar and study filmmaking and photography.
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