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The Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower stands forty-three miles off the North Carolina coastline. The tower is manned by a crew of four coastguardsmen, and they are rotated every two weeks. Lasley describes how the men live and work aboard the tower.
For years, the Diamond Shoals and Frying Pan Light Towers performed their duties, warning passing ships to steer clear of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. But after being unattended and falling in disrepair, both light towers are getting new missions that include being platforms for ocean research.