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Columbia Basin College welding students fix up Water Follies Rescue Boat

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The 2016 Water Follies are still two months away, but preparations for the event began long before now.  In the past few months, welding students from Columbia Basin College have spent their free time making adjustments to one of the Water Follies rescue boats, ensuring that the boat is fit to its driver's needs.

Welding professor, Christopher Mitchell gave KNDU some insight into the relationship between the students and the event. "It's a good tie for us and the community," said Mitchell. "As far as an event goes like this, the more exposure these guys get the better off they are in the long run." 

Water Follies President, Craig Marcum also expressed that he was thankful for the help. "You know, we couldn't do what we do without fantastic volunteers and community partners," said Marcum, "And the fact that we have such skilled students like these CBC students that are willing to essentially take their time and donate it to our project."

After lowering the console, and re-anchoring the steering wheel, adjustments to the rescue boat are nearly complete, with just some clean-up work and re-wiring left to go. The finished product will be on display and in in use at the water follies in July.