February 10 - 1936: Seven youths marooned on floating ice in Cape Cod Bay

1996: Steve Bernard buys back Cape Cod Potato Chips. 2007: Coast Guardsmen suffer injuries during rescue
Two Coast Guardsmen suffered injuries assisting a New Bedford based fishing vessel, see video below.

1936: Seven youths rescued from Cape Cod Bay ice floe

Marooned for almost a day adrift

On this day in the bitterly cold winter of 1936, as reported by the Associated Press -

"Seven CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) youths, marooned on floating ice in Cape Cod Bay since noon Sunday, were rescued by Coast Guardmen today, 22 1/4 hours after they had been cast adrift when ice broke from the mainland at Brewster.

"The rescue was accomplished with a small boat which Coast Guardsmen pushed over the rough, floating ice after the patrol boat Harriet Lane failed in efforts to buck through the thick ice.

"The youths were in two groups a mile apart. The quarter-mile stretch of ice that carried them seaward while they were out walking split during the night and the marooned youths were separated into groups of seven and two.

"All seven were brought back to the Harriet Lane.

"One of the youths, according to reports reaching Army headquarters, was suffering from frozen feet and in need of immediate hospital treatment.

"Reports from Captain C.M. Federson of the Harriet Lane said the youth was John Fitzsimmons of Portsmouth, R.I. The other six were suffering from cold and exposure."

1996: Founder Steve Bernard buys back Cape Cod Potato Chips

He had sold to the Anheuser-Busch Companies in 1985

On this day in 1996 Steve Bernard, founder of Cape Cod Potato Chips, said yesterday that he was negotiating to buy back the company, which he sold to the Anheuser-Busch Companies in 1985.

Mr. Bernard said he expected to reach an agreement before the plant's scheduled closing in April to avoid interruptions in employment and manufacturing. Terms were not discussed. This week Anheuser-Busch said it intended to close its unprofitable Eagle Snacks unit -- which includes Cape Cod -- after unsuccessful efforts to find a buyer.

Steve died in March of 2009, New York Times.

2007: Coast Guardsmen suffer injuries during rescue

They were assisting a 74 foot New Bedford fishing boat off Nantucket

Two Coast Guardsmen suffered injuries while assisting a New Bedford, Mass., based fishing vessel with three crew aboard, disabled, in rough weather and in danger of sinking approximately 45 nautical miles southeast of Nantucket, todays evening. See the video of the rescue below.

The two crewmembers aboard the Kittery, Maine-based Coast Guard Cutter Campbell, which arrived on scene about 4 p.m. yesterday, were attempting to pass a towline to the 74-foot Creole Belle when they sustained non life-threatening trauma.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod hoisted the three crewmen from the Creole Belle and the two injured Coast Guardsmen from the Campbell. The helicopter flew to Cape Cod Hospital where the injured could be treated.

Due to gale force winds and sea conditions, the Creole Belle has become less stable and is taking on water over the sides. Creole Belle crewmen expressed concerns that the onboard pumps would not be able to keep up with the flooding.

The weather conditions last night were reported be 22-degree air temperature, 30-40 knot winds and 8 to 12-foot seas.

The crew of the Creole Belle notified Coast Guard Station Brant Point Wednesday that the vessel had lost main propulsion and requested assistance. The photo is of a USCG ship breaking up the ice in a Massachusetts river.

(Above: Coast Guard video of the Creole Belle rescue.)


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