ROME, 08 MAR – “The Italian Coast Guard has never shirked and will never shirk its responsibility for rescuing those in danger at sea, our actions prove it and the approximately 60,000 people saved last year alone , unattainable results that make the sense of a commitment, yours, which goes far beyond the ordinary”. This is a passage of the message sent yesterday by the commander of the Coast Guard, Nicola Carlone, to the whole Corps. “These are sad days, days in which the immense pain for the loss of so many human lives at sea has to deal with the need and duty to recover at least the bodies of the victims of this terrible shipwreck – writes the captain -. In these difficult moments, however, awareness of the priceless heritage made up of our tradition, professionalism and competence must never fail, the fruit not only of 158 years of valiant history but also of recent enterprises, of lives snatched from death and danger , of daily work in favor of the country”. “A heritage that, as recalled by our minister – he adds -, you honor every day with sacrifice and dedication in your commitment, at the service of the community and the State, to respond to the new challenges of safety at sea with ever greater courage and professionalism ”. “To you – concludes the commander Carlone – the task of continuing to work with professionalism and determination, and to do what has made the country proud of you. My task is to enhance, protect and strengthen the identity of the Italian Coast Guard, which has an essential pillar of our action in the function of maritime rescue, and to renew my trust in you and with it the pride of being your Commander General”. (HANDLE).
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