Coast Guard Station Fire Island receives new life-saving asset

FIRE ISLAND, NY – The crew of Coast Guard Station Fire Island, N.Y., recently received a new 47-foot Motor Life Boat (MLB) to aid them in their law enforcement and search and rescue missions.

Station Fire Island consists of one Chief Warrant Officer, and 33 enlisted personnel, most of which are boatswain’s mates, machinery technicians, and damage controllmen. The station has five small boats to conduct search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime environmental protection. The crew patrols the waters from Lindenhurst Cut to Smithspoint Bridge on Long Island.

Textron Marine and Land Systems of New Orleans, La., built the 47-foot MLBs. The prototype craft went into service in 1990, and the first production craft entered service in 1997. The 47-foot MLB is designed to perform multi-missions in adverse weather and sea conditions, but its primary mission is heavy weather search and rescue. The coxswain, or boat driver, is able to pilot the vessel from either inside or outside of the craft; in addition, there are several watertight compartments located throughout the craft which aid in self-righting in event of a capsizing.

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