FIRST ON 3: Fire on board delays Diligence departure
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A last-minute change in plans for the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence this morning. It was scheduled to leave on a new mission, but a problem on board will keep the ship in port.
“It’s always tough when they go,” Diane Sharp said as she waited to see her son, a Diligence crewmember, set sail. “Their deployments on the boat are shorter, so we don’t have to be tormented for too long.”
Sharp and other family and friends were ready to say goodbye to the Diligence and its crew Thursday morning, but that all changed within minutes.
A generator on board malfunctioned delaying a counter drug deployment to the Caribbean.
Cmdr. Douglas Goodwin calls his crew’s response outstanding.
“They were able to press forward, minimize the damage and isolate it to just the generator,” he said.
So those dreaded goodbyes will be put on hold while the crew tries to figure out just what caused the generator to catch fire.
“So we’re delayed,” Cmdr. Goodwin said. “I don’t know how long we’re delayed for, but we hope to be getting out to sea soon.”
Once at sea the Diligence will head to the Caribbean as planned before continuing to Florida for more training. The Diligence crew deploy for roughly two months before returning to Wilmington.
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