PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- From dramatic rescues to blazing beach fires, deputies from across Michigan are on the lakeshore to learn how to patrol Michigan's waterways.
On Friday, WZZM 13 followed the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department onto Lake Macatawa, where the training is being held.
"There's your road laws and separate marine laws," says Sergeant Cal Keuning. He notes that pulling someone over while on the water comes with additional challenges. "What are wave conditions like? What are water conditions like? it's not a nice cement street, you're always rocking up and down and back and forth," says Sergeant Keuning.
At the marine academy on Lake Macatawa, deputies from across Michigan are using seven training exercises, including one with a dummy for a water rescue. They also learned how to tow other boats and even put out fires. Deputies use a hose that pumps 1,600 gallons of lake water per minute.