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Flotilla members discuss boat safety with moviegoers

Members present on opening night of 'The Finest Hours'

(Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary)
(Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary)

PALM COAST, Fla. – Flotilla members were at the Epic Theatres of Palm Coast speaking with moviegoers about boating safety and the mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, officials said.

Members of Auxiliary Flotilla 41 of Palm Coast were at the theater on opening night of the movie "The Finest Hours," the Coast Guard said.

"The Finest Hours" is a Walt Disney Productions film that tells the story of four men of the Coast Guard who on Feb. 18, 1954, risked their lives off the coast of Chatham, Massachusetts, to rescue crew members of a tanker, which had split apart in a winter storm, according to the Coast Guard.

Moviegoers were able to speak to auxiliary member Francis Elliott, who served with coxswain Bernie Webber, one of the real-life heroes of the film, officials said.

Local boaters learned about ways to make boating safer from the members of the auxiliary, along with free vessel examinations to ensure the safe operation of pleasure boats, the Coast Guard said.