Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returns to Port City


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Submitted: Sat, 03/26/2011 - 1:41am
Updated: Sat, 03/26/2011 - 3:52am By:

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence docked back in the Port City Friday afternoon. After two months at sea, the ship and crew finally made it back to its home port in Wilmington.

Alecia Mounixay and her ten year old son Trinity Hutley wait patiently alongside the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington. It’s been two months since they’ve seen their husband and father Kahna Mounixay, who is a sailor on the Diligence.

“He does his job for the family,” says Hutley. “Even though sometimes he doesn’t like it and it’s hard, he still does it for the family.”

But thankfully they were able to communicate pretty frequently.

“We talked to him through email almost every day,” says Alecia Mounixay.

The cutter has been helping fight illegal trafficking in the Caribbean. In February, the crew helped rescue six people who were stranded in the Caribbean Sea.

“We searched for them,” says Bon Redinger, a sailor on the Diligence. “We worked with some other countries as well. We pulled them out, helped get them on board and made sure to get them to the propper people.”

Friends and family of the crew lined the Cape Fear as they watched the cutter slowly come into port. After some issues getting the Diligence docked, crew members finally stepped onto dry land and embraced their loved ones.

“I’m happy,” says Alecia Mounixay. “Just excited and ready for us to be able to have some time together and just enjoy each other before he has to go back out again.”

Unfortunately, the stay at home won’t be long. The Diligence crew plans to hit the seas within the next two months.

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