Riding with the Moriches CG Auxiliary
April 3, 2012
Boating Times Long Island: Chances are good that if you boat in the waters near East Moriches, you have seen Captain Vin Pica of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) patrolling in his 26’ Parker. The odds are, if you have seen Captain Pica, you have probably also waved to him like your fellow boaters often do.
Pica and at least one crew member patrol on weekends, ensuring that the waterways are safe for boaters, and– more importantly– that those boaters are safe for the waterways. I rode along with Pica and 23-year-old Greg Sarafin during a 4-hour patrol in the waters surrounding Moriches Inlet on a picturesque fall day.