WILMINGTON -- "We sent my husband and her Dad off today." It was that time again on Sunday morning, when the US Coast Guard Cutter Diligence set off to sea. Left behind were family and friends who dread saying goodbye every few months. Amanda Morisseau's husband and Nina's Dad was on the ship. "Its going to be tough this time, because she is starting to realize it." Julie king is a mother of three, and her husband Shannon also left on the ship. Her husband is off to the Florida Straits until the end of June, but it still hurts when he leaves. It doesn't really get any easier, but we respect his job and we deal with it the best we can. And it's not only family and friends who miss their loved ones when they are off at sea. The city of Wilmington looks a little different without the ship, because it usually docks right here. When it turned around and left, all you saw was open water. Just looked a little bit different, and a lot quieter. Stephanie Gordon is in town for a wedding this weekend, and staying at a hotel across from the ship. She heard the horn go off at 10 a.m. and watched the families bid farewell. But as the crew settled in, and everyone said their goodbyes and hugged, it was sad watching the whole boat turn around and the families stay and drift off slowly one by one, waving to the guys on board. In another eight weeks, the ship will be back home on the river, and the crew members will be back home with their families.
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