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Diligence heads out to sea

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Downtown Wilmington riverfront will be missing a regular resident for a while. The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence shipped out for another mission this afternoon.

Friends and family gathered to say goodbye as the crew prepared to set sail.

We caught up with a proud father who made the trip to Wilmington to see his son off.

"He wanted to serve his county, but he wanted to serve it here," Joseph Patti Sr. said. "He said if I'm going to defend anything, I'm going to defend my own shores, and that's why he joined the Coast Guard."

The diligence will patrol the mid-Atlantic.

No word on when the ship and its crew will be back home.

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