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Pendleton rescue inspires new cutter

A daring Cape Cod rescue at sea in the winter of 1952 will continue to inspire future generations of sailors with a new patrol boat being built that will honor the crew's skipper with his name.

Now under construction in Louisiana is the Bernard C. Webber, the first of 58 153-foot patrol boats, all to be named after enlisted Coast Guard heroes.

The Webber is named after Bernie Webber, the petty officer who led a crew of three in a 36-foot rescue boat to save 32 men from the Pendleton freighter in the 60-foot seas of a northeaster in February 1952 off Chatham.

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