April 6, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Since a tsunami struck Japan more than two years ago, a variety of debris has washed up on U.S. beaches - including large boat docks and a soccer ball, found in Washington state's Olympic National Park, from the Otsuchi Soccer Club. That all got trumped recently with the discovery of six live fish, stowed away in a water-filled bait box aboard a 20-foot Japanese boat that washed up on the Long Beach Peninsula in southwestern Washington. Researchers had already seen live crabs, sea stars and algae clinging to parts of the estimated 1.5 million tons of debris unleashed by the March 2011 tsunami, but they had never encountered live fish that drifted on their own from Asia, said John Chapman, who specializes in aquatic biological invasions at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center.
February 12, 2013 |
Passengers stranded on a cruise ship adrift in the Gulf of Mexico say they must stand in long lines to use working bathrooms and to get hot meals. The messages from passengers on the Carnival Triumph, drifting in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine fire Sunday, came from text messages sent to family and friends. No one was injured in the fire but it left the ship without propulsion. Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line said some of the public and cabin toilets are not operating and only limited power is available to run elevators and heat food.
February 11, 2013 |
The Carnival Triumph cruise ship is adrift about 150 miles off Mexico 's Yucatan Peninsula after a fire in the engine room Sunday left the ship disabled, according to a Carnival Cruise Lines statement posted Monday on its Facebook page. The ship carrying 3,143 guests and 1,086 crew members will be towed to a port in Mexico by late Wednesday, Carnival says. The fire was extinguished and no one was injured in the incident. The U.S. Coast Guard sent a cutter to the site, and Carnival is sending "technical crew and guest service personnel" to the ship Monday (today)
December 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Ang Lee, the famously meticulous director of "Life of Pi," originally had planned to hire a survival consultant to infuse the allegorical tale of a boy's oceangoing raft journey with a tiger with a dose of realism. Then he read Steven Callahan's riveting 1986 memoir, "Adrift," detailing his own perilous life-raft adventure in the Atlantic. In Callahan, Ang and screenwriter David Magee saw a guide who understood and could articulate the metaphysical themes they were hoping to explore in the film.
September 16, 2012 |
NW A Novel Zadie Smith Penguin: 416 pp., $26.95 Zadie Smith's fourth novel, "NW," is a return of sorts to the voices and the northwest London landscape of her 2000 debut, "White Teeth. " Like that book, it is exuberant, lush with language, concerned with the relationship of people to their city, with framing not just the lives of characters but also an entire social milieu. And yet, it is more than that, a real sign of how Smith has developed and grown. "White Teeth," after all, was the work of a young writer - Smith was 24 when it was published - and it was marked by a young writer's excess, a young writer's lack of control.
September 12, 2012 |
SEATTLE - A 19-year-old fisherman whose boat capsized in the chilly waters of southern Alaska floated for more than 24 hours in a 4-foot plastic fish tub, singing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” to keep his spirits up during an anxious night. Ryan Harris was finally rescued from his battle with 8-foot waves by a Coast Guard helicopter, which had joined a massive search of the waters around Sitka, Alaska, for Harris and his crewmate, Stonie Huffman, the Sitka Daily Sentinel reported. Huffman survived, too, though he didn't have a bin in which to float.