March 18 - 1987: Coast Guard rescues 37 Russians

Rescued shortly before their ship sank. 2007: New regs will reduce coyote population here
President Reagan awarded medals to the 14 crew members of the Cape Cod Coast Guard helicopters involved in the 1987 rescue. Drawing courtesy of USCG.

1987: Russians rescued by Coast Guard are headed home

Crews from Air Station Cape Cod saved everyone

On this day in 1987, thirty-seven Russian sailors and their passengers, including an infant, were returning home after they were rescued from a stricken freighter in the Atlantic Ocean by Coast Guard crews dispatched from Cape Cod.

The Russians were plucked from the deck of the Komsomolets Kirgizii by three Coast Guard HH3F "Pelican" helicopters shortly before the ship sank 220 miles east of Delaware Bay.

The freighter's crew and passengers and their American rescuers were invited to the White House to meet with President Reagan, who praised the rescue effort as an example of international cooperation.

"In the past, I've often talked about what would happen if ordinary Americans and people from the Soviet Union could get together, get together as human beings, as men and women who breathe the same air, share the same concerns about making life better for themselves and their children," Reagan said in welcoming his visitors , as reported by the Associated Press.

"And here we have a case where just that happened," Reagan said.

At the end of the ceremony, Reagan awarded medals to the 14 crew members of the Coast  Guard helicopters involved in the rescue.  

2007:  New regulations render coyotes less wily

Five weeks added to their hunting  season  

On this day in 2007 in response to the overpopulation of coyotes and foxes in Massachusetts, MassWildlife biologists proposed a package of regulatory changes, liberalizing hunting regulations on the wily predators to increase the harvest, and it was approved recently by the Mass. Fish and Wildlife Board.

Two public hearings will be held — one in May and one in June (dates to be announced) before the changes can take effect for the 2007 hunting season.

As was predicted by conservationists and public-safety authorities, the populations of predators and furbearers has skyrocketed ever since Question One (a 1996 ballot referendum that outlawed humane trapping methods) was passed through lies and deception by the animal-rights extremists.

The recommendations lengthen the coyote and fox hunting season by about five weeks, opening the first Saturday after Columbus Day and ending the following March 8.

Hunter effectiveness will be improved as the daytime rifle restrictions would be lifted in Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties.

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