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New sonar equipment helps Oklahoma Highway Patrol find cars in Foss Lake

George Hoyle, a trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's Marine Division, said Sept. 10 was the first day to test out the patrol's newly installed sonar.
by Adam Kemp Published: September 20, 2013

“We were training with it so we were able to take our time,” he said.

“I think we will probably use this equipment more in these circumstances. Most of the time we are pressured because we need to find a body or something, but this time we were able to learn.”

Sitting in the boat custom made for the highway patrol by Jet Craft, Hoyle looked over the manual for the new sonar system and thought about the possibilities of looking into other lakes around Oklahoma.

“We are pretty sold on it, obviously,” he said. “I've been on the water for OHP for about five years, and we have pulled a lot of people out of the water. But to have family come up and say thank you very much and that they are glad to have closure feels great.

“Being able to help those families, I'm glad we had the opportunity to assist.”

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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