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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The US Coast Guard Cutter Diligence will return to Wilmington Thursday around 7 p.m. following a month-long patrol in the Bahamas in support of Coast Guard District Seven, according to a news release from a Diligence official.
The Diligence left Wilmington in October as part of a joint counter drug mission with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The combined efforts played a role in denying the Bahamas island chain as a drug trafficking route. During the patrol, the Diligence conducted four boardings and stopped a speedboat suspected of migrant smuggling.
Additionally, the Diligence helped mariners in distress by responding to a report of a disabled fishing vessel about 340 miles east of the Bahamas.
The Diligence safely towed the vessel to Cape Canaveral, FL.
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