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April 20, 2007 | Christine Hanley and David Haldane, Times Staff Writers
Because of deteriorating ocean conditions, rescue teams temporarily suspended their search Thursday afternoon for a 61-year-old man who might be adrift in a skiff after his sailboat broke up on a Newport Beach jetty amid fierce winds. "As far as going into the water, it's too dangerous," Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, said of the search conducted since Wednesday by divers and Coast Guard ships.
April 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two men, a 6-year-old and a 7-year-old were rescued by helicopter Friday after their boat careened off a 150-foot dam on the Colorado River and became wedged near the bottom. The boat was submerged by whitewater-speed rapids after going over the falls near Bay City, a Coast Guard spokesman said. "Our best guess is that they either lost steering or their engine died," the spokesman said. "If your engine dies, there's no way to stop yourself from going over the dam."
April 3, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
A late-night canoeing expedition turned deadly last weekend when the craft, carrying four young men on Spring Valley Lake near Victorville, capsized shortly after 2 a.m. and one of the men disappeared into the chilly water, authorities said. San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said residents who live along the man-made lake began calling 911 around 2:20 a.m. Saturday to report calls of distress coming from the water.
March 27, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Sheriff's Department divers Sunday located the body of the last of three fishermen who drowned when their boat capsized on Lake Henshaw during a storm. The county medical examiner identified the victim as Abe Holmes, 58, of Long Beach. Also killed were Herbert McQueen, 58, of Pasadena; and Thomas Meridieth, 63, of Glendora. The three were in a 12-foot boat attempting to cross the lake amid a fast-moving storm Thursday afternoon.
March 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Coast Guard searched Monday for a sunken whale-watching catamaran whose mast broke off near Maui, killing one man and requiring the rescue of at least 50 tourists. The crew from the 55-foot tour boat reported on the vessel's radio Sunday evening that the mast had snapped about two miles off Kahana Beach near Kaanapali. Witnesses said the boat was sinking and many passengers were already in the water when more boats arrived.
March 24, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
Like an obstinate child, the Emerald Sea sank into the sand and refused to budge. The 62-foot commercial fishing boat, trawling for sardines off Newport Beach, ran aground early Friday -- an incident so rare that the motionless green-and-white boat held beachgoers rapt for hours. The boat, which cast off from San Pedro on Thursday night, apparently hit a sandbar near 36th Street about 1 a.m., jolting the five-member crew.
March 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A $385,000 state-of-the-art fire boat sank in Newport News, still tied up at a dock and without ever being put to use. The boat, moored at a marina by the James River Bridge, was discovered with its stern sitting on the river bottom and the bow sticking up out of the water. Investigators had not yet determined the cause of the sinking.
February 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Divers found the body of a crewman on a sunken fishing boat in Nantucket Sound but the search for two more men was called off because debris in the wreck made further dives too hazardous. The Lady of Grace, based in New Bedford, went down in an icy storm on Jan. 26 off Cape Cod. The body of the captain was found three days later.
January 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Coast Guard found a fishing vessel missing since Friday night submerged 36 feet in Nantucket Sound. All four crew members were still missing. Coast Guard rescuers said it appeared unlikely the crew would be found alive in the frigid waters. The vessel's lone life raft was found attached to the boat. At the time the 75-foot Lady of Grace went missing, the wind was blowing at more than 30 mph with waves as high as 10 feet.
January 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Fourteen people who spent nine days on a life raft after an Indonesian ferry sank have been rescued by a cargo ship, survivors and officials said. A 15th person died soon after the people were plucked from the water nearly 370 miles from where the ferry, carrying more than 600 people, sank in a storm. About 245 people have been found alive since the ferry sank in 12-foot waves. Only 13 bodies have been recovered.
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