Release Date: 04/04/2006


Academy Sports and Outdoors recently donated nine flat bottom boats and five trailers to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division for use in future search and rescue operations.

Academy had originally loaned the watercraft and trailers to local law enforcement for search and rescue missions in the New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina.  Rufus Potier, Academy Sports and Outdoors store director of the Gretna location, said the boats were given to LDWF after they saw how useful and vital they were in the search and rescue efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

"Academy Sports and Outdoors is always happy and proud to assist LDWF in their management of our great outdoors and search and rescue efforts," Potier said.  

LDWF received one 15-foot boat, four 14-foot boats, three 12-foot boats and one 10-foot boat along with five trailers.  The boats, provided through Academy's Gretna store, will be assigned to regional enforcement offices.

"These boats have already been very useful to the citizens of Louisiana," LDWF Enforcement Division Col. Winton Vidrine said.  "Our agents are very grateful for this donation and these boats will make their jobs easier the next time we get called for a search and rescue mission."

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