Despite her injuries, which included cuts to her
head and midsection, she survived. Her arm, however,
was never found. The Boston Globe reported on June 2
that the boat’s operator had been arrested and
arraigned June 1 on charges of operating a boat while
under the influence causing serious bodily injury, negligent operation of a boat and operating a motorboat
without a legally required identification number.
“An incident like that is pretty extreme, and unusu-
al,” Buckley said. “But it goes to show you anything
can happen out here. So we are always training to be
prepared, because you never know.”
Indeed, toward the end of our hour-long patrol, the
boat came upon two 25-foot response boats practicing
a towing operation near the Charles River Dam, some-
thing Base Boston small boats likely will be called up
to perform many times during the summer months.
After returning to base, the crew reported in and got
ready for another patrol — this time to perform random boardings of recreational vessels to check for
proper registration and safety gear, etc. That patrol,
however, would be without the mustangs. A morning
of mostly full sun had warmed the water to 60. 2
degrees, just enough to pack the suits away — perhaps,
and hopefully, for good.
‘Bread and Butter’
The response boat is one of 20 small boats based in
Boston, which is home to Sector Boston and First
Coast Guard District headquarters. Three 270-foot
Medium-Endurance Cutters, Spencer, Seneca and
Escanaba, also are homeported there. On any given
day, their crews may be called upon to provide ports,
waterways and coastal security — which recently
included patrols outside the John Joseph Moakley
Courthouse during the trial of Boston Marathon
bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — conduct aids-to-navigation operations, escort passenger vessels or
liquefied natural gas ships, and enforce marine safety
But for the First District as a whole, the “
bread-and-butter” missions — as officials there are fond of saying
— are search and rescue, and fisheries and living maritime resources protection [see story on page 16].
Both have been key concerns since the area was first
settled more than 400 years ago, and hark back to the
earliest days of the Coast Guard itself.
The history of the service, in fact, begins in the First District, which comprises all of New England, the New York
City metropolitan area including the northeast corner of
New Jersey, and the eastern portion of New York State,
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Coast Guard rescue crews medically evacuated a man from the cruise ship Queen Mary II 180 miles south of Nantucket,
Mass., May 9. Watchstanders at the First District Command Center received a call via satellite phone stating a 39-year-old
man aboard the 992-foot Bermuda-flagged ship needed medical attention. He was taken to Tufts Medical Center in Boston.