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Coast Guard crew performs Sandy Hook, NJ, waterways law enforcement patrol Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson

Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, a patrol boat homeported in Montauk, N.Y., steams toward Sandy Hook, N.J., to conduct a law enforcement patrol there, Nov. 3, 2012. Since Hurricane Sandy, Coast Guard crews have increased law enforcement presence in affected waterways and coasts to deter looting and other illegal activity. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.)

NEW YORK – A small-boat crew off Coast Guard Cutter Ridley performed the first patrol in Sandy Hook, N.J., waterways to assess damages and conduct law enforcement, Saturday.

While performing the law enforcement patrol, the crew observed various hazards to navigation in Sandy Hook Bay and inlet, including a sunken vessel, floating debris and displaced aids to navigation buoys.

"While we return the port to normal operations, it's also important to provide for the safety and security of our waterways and to deter anyone seeking to take advantage of this disaster and the people affected by it," said Capt. Gordon Loebl, commander Coast Guard Sector New York and captain of the Port for New York and New Jersey.

Ridley, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Montauk, N.Y., was one of many Coast Guard cutters and personnel deployed to the New York and New Jersey waters following Hurricane Sandy to assist in harbor assessments, recovery efforts and law enforcement.

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Date Taken:11.03.2012

Date Posted:11.05.2012 13:21

Location:NY, US

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