By Bill Shields, WBZ-TVBy Bill Shields

SANDWICH (CBS) – The Coast Guard is gearing up for Hurricane Sandy. On Friday, a C-144 flew out of Air Station Cape Cod, with the crew broadcasting an alert to offshore fishermen.

“We’re trying to warn them that this is a powerful storm and should create some dangerous conditions,” Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Berry said. “We hope they hear the warning, and seek safe harbor.”

A WBZ-TV crew went along on the four-hour flight, and saw commercial fishing boats out at sea, along with several cargo ships.

“The tuna fleet is offshore,” said co-pilot Lt. Art Mahar. “So our ultimate goal is to prevent any tragedies, and help them distance themselves from the storm.”

The C-144 covered about 700 miles, broadcasting the warning every half-hour. The signal is far-reaching.


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