U.S. Coast Guard Station Fire Island recently received a new 47-foot motor lifeboat, which will be used for law enforcement and search-and-rescue missions.
The station has five small boats that personnel use, but the new boat is designed specifically for heavy-weather search and rescue. The boat’s coxswain can pilot from inside or outside the cabin. Additionally, airtight compartments throughout the craft are designed to self-right the boat should it capsize.
Coast Guard Station Fire Island, which has 33 enlisted personnel, is responsible for patrolling the waters from Lindenhurst Cut to Smith Point Bridge.