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Braving rough seas: An exclusive look inside the Coast Guard’s toughest job

On the banks of Cape Cod, Air Station Cape Cod is home to the Coast Guard’s aviation unit. Rescuers here face it all.  You don’t have to look far to see bold examples of what they do. 

In November of last year, rescue swimmer Mike Kelly battled 20-foot waves off the coast of Maine to save four fishermen who abandoned ship after their boat started taking on water. Kelly admits it’s a tough job.

“It’s hard to become a rescue swimmer and once you do, the job is great,” said Kelly.

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