Family and friends are celebrating the safe return of Coast Guard members abroad the Cutter Diligence.
Wilmington-based Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is headed back to the Port City this weekend following a mission that resulted in the rescue of 20 migrants.
The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is scheduled to return home to the Wilmington riverfront Saturday.
Witnesses say they saw a white man jumped into the river, and started to float up the river towards the Coast Guard Diligence before losing sight of him.
Wilmington has once again been recognized as a Coast Guard City. It's an honor shared by just 13 other cities across the country.
The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is usually open for tours during Azalea Festival, but not this year.
The ship will be closed for tours until late April for maintenance.
After being home in the Port City for a couple months, the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is heading back out to sea.
The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, is being blamed for the disaster after he abandoned ship.
The commander of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence says he would not have handled the situation in the same way.
The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is back home. After a 45-day deployment, the Diligence docked back in Wilmington this morning.