The Marine Unit is responsible for patrolling the Coosa River and Lay Lake waterways with an emphasis on boater and waterway safety. This unit operates primarily during the summer months, and frequently assists with special events such as major fishing tournaments and parades. The Marine Unit is often called upon to assist other agencies, including the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Fish & Game Wardens), Medical Rescue Teams, Search and Recovery Teams, and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Deputies assigned to this unit are well trained in boating safety practices as well as laws governing the safe operation of watercraft, and enforce these laws in order to provide a safe and pleasurable experience for all who choose to enjoy life and activities on Lay Lake.
For more information on boating safety and regulations, please go to https://www.alea.gov/dps/marine-patrol.