It’s called the “last light bar check,” and the Coast Guard unit at the Chatham station does it every day’s end.

But this time a routine exercise would end with Chatham’s two $1.2 million rescue boats damaged and a Coast Guard jet, helicopter, 110-foot cutter and two patrol boats from Provincetown and Nantucket scrambling to rescue the rescue crews.

On Wednesday, investigators will arrive from Washington, Both of Coast Guard Station Chatham’s $1.2 million 42-foot rescue boats were seriously damaged while attempting to cross the Chatham Break in heavy seas. . The company that made the two boats, Safe Boats International of Port Orchard, Wash., has been awarded at least $145 million in contracts to build a fleet of similar vessels for the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard boats damaged in high seas |

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