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New Homeland Security boat to patrol Cape Cod and Islands

homelandThe Barnstable County (Massachusetts) Sheriff’s Office has received a $445,965 Homeland Security grant to buy and equip a Safe 31 radiation detection boat to patrol the waters around Cape Cod, and to train personnel to operate the vessel and its detection gear.

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In distress, they did everything correctly

distress1Coast Guard crews conduct more than 17,000 search-and-rescue missions each year in a wide range of conditions and situations. Reading reports of these missions, it’s clear that the crews often rescue people who are ill-prepared for the emergency. That was not the case with a rescue conducted this fall.

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Parents of lost boys push for EPIRB bill

epirb1Hoping to spare others their anguish, the parents of 14-year-old Austin Blu Stephanos, who was lost at sea with a friend on a fishing trip this past summer, are working with Florida lawmakers on a bill that would give a 25 percent discount on a boat’s registration fee if the owner has a properly registered 406 MHz EPIRB.

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Historic tug needs ‘youthful energy’

tug1The tug Pegasus has been a fixture of the New York waterfront for most of its 108 years and a passion of Capt. Pamela Hepburn’s for the past 28. This summer, money problems drove the historic vessel off Pier 25 at Hudson River Park to a free berth at a drilling company’s shipyard on the industrial Morris Canal in neighboring New Jersey.

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Grounded research ‘drifter’ looking for a lift home

researcherIt’s the kind of science project any nautically minded grade-school student would love: Launch an unmanned “drifter” vessel, then track its progress as it gathers data while crossing the Atlantic.

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