On Saturday, November 13 League City Mayor Pat Hallisey joined Fire Chief Mike Lugo and members of the League City Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Marshal’s office to officially christen the City’s new all-hazards response boat—also known as Marine II. Joining them at South Shore Harbour Marina for the ceremony was Deacon Scott Daniel from St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nassau Bay and Commander Mike Cortese from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Marine II is outfitted with a 1,000-gallon-per-minute pump for firefighting and side-scan sonar for search-and-recovery efforts. In addition, it can respond to events that produce radiation threats, making it the only boat between Houston and Galveston with such broad capabilities. The majority of the cost to pay for the boat came from an award from the Port Security Grant Program. League City has several volunteer firefighters who are boat captains and can operate the craft. At 30 feet in length and a beam of 10½ feet, the boat can carry a fairly large crew and will be berthed at the South Shore Harbour Marina.