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Marine Unit

Marine Patrol Coordinator Sgt. Ryan Yost:

The Port Clinton Harbor Patrol Unit’s mission is the safety of persons and property to all of the Citizens of Port Clinton within the City’s Jurisdiction and the boating community.

The Harbor Patrol Unit consists of (18) Certified Marine patrol Officers and (2) Marine Patrol Vessels. The first is (PB1) Patrol Boat 1, a Mission Marine 288 25′ Catamaran, powered by twin outboard 250HP engines. The second (PB2) Patrol Boat 2 is a Brunswick 25′ Inflatable center console, powered by twin outboard 150HP engines.

The Harbor patrol Unit has two duties, specifically the first yearly grant issued by the Ohio Division of Watercraft for the Marine Patrol Operations, which assists the Marine Unit in the patrol operations during the boating season. Jurisdictions for the ODNR patrols start from the Portage River at the Jackknife (railroad Lift Bridge) out to Lake Erie 2 miles out and to the east and west City limits. Officers conduct Marine Patrols, Enforcing City Ordinances and Ohio Watercraft laws, conducts boat inspections, respond to all water related emergencies and rescues, conducts security during water events such as the Poker Runs, Regatta’s, Memorial services, Fireworks events, etc.

The second duty is on a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security & Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security. During these duties, Officers conduct Marine Patrols within the Ottawa County Jurisdiction, and patrols along the United States & Canadian borders from the Erie to Lucas County lines, and near the Lake Erie Islands. During these patrols, Marine Officers patrol the border for vessels crossing into the United States from Canada. Officers work hand in hand with Federal, State, County & Local Marine Patrol Agencies in border crossings, and any type of illegal transport over the border for persons, drugs, weapons, etc.

Area’s such as the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant, Ferry Terminals, State Parks, Marina’s and other area within the Ottawa County jurisdiction are patrolled by our Harbor patrol Unit. While on patrols at the border, Officers respond to emergency calls, rescues, and any other type of assistance we are requested to respond to under a mutual aid agreement.

On the behalf of the City of Port Clinton, Police Chief David M. Scott, we welcome all of you to the City of Port Clinton, Ohio. Our job is “Your Safety” on the water. If there is anything we can do to assist you with, please feel free to contact our Department.