Members of Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck recently received a new rescue boat that will allow for more efficient rescue mission in the event of an emergency. The new boat, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M), was issued to replace one of two aging 41-foot utility boats at the station.
“The RB-M is a very capable vessel," said Eatons Neck Station Commanding Officer Steve Pollock. "This new boat will help us better serve the citizens of Long Island and Connecticut, and will provide a great platform for conducting our missions on Long Island Sound.”
The RB-M is an aluminum, self-righting, high-speed, multi-mission capable boat, able to respond rapidly to Coast Guard missions, or conduct planned patrols and training. It is safely operable in 12-foot seas and up to 55-knot winds with a top speed of over 40 miles per hour, its primary roles being search and rescue and maritime law enforcement.
“This response boat for Eatons Neck will allow the Coast Guard to perform rescue missions much more safely and efficiently in case of an emergency,” remarked Senator Chuck Schumer, who recently called on the Coast Guard to establish capacity limits for larger recreational boats in the wake of the July 4 boating tragedy in Oyster Bay Harbor.
Delivery of a second RB-M to replace the remaining utility boat at the Eatons Neck Station is scheduled for March, according to Schumer.