Coast Guard K-9 unit screens waterfront ahead of Boston Marathon

Petty Officers Craig Oravitz and Richard Barone patrol Boston’s waterfront with Rruthie a specially trained Coast Guard dog, Sunday, April 17, 2016. The team is based out of New York and and is in Boston as part of an increased security presence for the Boston Marathon. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi)

Petty Officers Craig Oravitz and Richard Barone patrol Boston’s waterfront with Rruthie a specially trained Coast Guard dog, Sunday, April 17, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi)

BOSTON — A Coast Guard K-9 unit from Maritime Safety and Security Team New York patrolled Boston’s waterfront Sunday morning as an increased security measure leading up to the Boston Marathon.

The team included Rruthie, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, who is specially trained to sniff out various threats. The New York team is working in conjunction with Boston’s Maritime Safety and Security Team throughout the weekend.

“Our presence alone can act as a deterrence for someone planning to do harm,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Barone, Rruthie’s handler and a maritime enforcement specialist.

The Coast Guard will remain a visible security presence on the waterfront leading up to and during the marathon.

Photos of the operation can be viewed on our Flickr page.

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