ONE YEAR SINCE BOATING TRAGEDY, NEW HALE COUNTY EMERGENCY VESSEL WILL PATROL JULY 4

Hale County Ema New Boat

Communities all over west Alabama were devastated when two people were killed July 4, 2018 on the Black Warrior River as a result of a boating accident. But that accident brought light to a huge need in Hale County.

When Destiny Graben and Ricky Glover were killed and two others were severely injured in that boating accident one year ago, Hale County first responders had to borrow boats to get to the scene of the accident because they did not have their own.

After that tragedy, the Hale County Commission and probate judge allocated funds for a county-owned boat and received a grant to go toward that vessel as well. This year, EMA Director Russell Weeden said local first responders will be much better equipped to respond to any incident that may happen.

“Our rescue boat, it has two backboards on it,” he said. “It has two slots on it so we can work on two patients while we go down the river. We have the lifesaving ring and a rope to get people out of the river. We have been training on how to backboard people out of the river if they have a spinal injury.”

There is still no word on a trial date for Ricky Latham, the man charged with causing that fatal boat wreck one year ago.

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