Crewmembers of the U.S. Coastguard cutter "Vigilant" which carries out patrol duties with the New?
LV PAN New Bedford coastguard cutter vigilant with crew going aboard.
SV Crew members up steps.
SV Crewmen down gangway with crew member's voice.
TRANSCRIPT: "When the incident happened, I guess after the incident happened, with all the news and whatnot, and people wanting to tell their stories and couldn't, the morale was really low. They felt they were being picked on. People wanted to get out of the coastguard.. they wanted to go home ... they never wanted to hear about the Guard again. But it seems now as though the morale is picking up. Some people have been acting up towards us, and whatnot. A few of my friends have gone to a restaurant and been refused service. One person has gone to a local store and tried to cash a cheque, and they refused him, and another person has gotten into a fight. These are just small occurrences that make... should we go up into New Bedford... and we associate with the people or should we stay on the ship and hide, or should we move the ship and get out of New Bedford."
Initials OJP/MR/ES.19.20 OJP/MR/CO/23.09
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Background: Crewmembers of the U.S. Coastguard cutter "Vigilant" which carries out patrol duties with the New Bedford fishing fleet, are still being victimised two weeks after an incident at sea. The "Vigilant" had been alongside a Russian fishing vessel while fishing rights were being discussed among senior officers, when a crewmember of the Russian ship, who had sought asylum on the "Vigilant", was forcibly removed and returned by the Soviet crew.
Local fishermen and inhabitants of New Bedford have been concerned for some time about Soviet fleets offshore spoiling their livelihood and have reacted against the coastguard crew for missing a chance to take action. A crewmember has spoken of the feelings since the incident.