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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Rescuers say a lone 70-year-old sailor lost all electricity on his 50-foot yacht near Santa Cruz Island and was airlifted to safety by a U.S. Coast Guard crew before his vessel ran aground and was destroyed early Friday. A Coast Guard official said that without electricity the man could not start his auxiliary engine to avoid being blown toward the island.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2007 | Eric Bailey
The pilot of the cargo ship that sideswiped the Bay Bridge last month and spilled 58,000 gallons of fuel oil has given up his operating license, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Friday. Capt. John J. Cota turned over his license in an administrative procedure. The veteran pilot is preparing to fight charges by shipping regulators that he is incompetent to safely pilot vessels in the bay. The U.S.
WORLD
December 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A boat carrying illegal migrants sank off Turkey's Aegean coast, and at least 43 people died, an official said. The 50-foot boat sank in rough weather late Saturday off the coast of Seferihisar, a town south of the city of Izmir, said Gov. Orhan Sefik Guldibi. Six migrants were rescued and hospitalized, mostly for shock. The Coast Guard said a total of 85 people had been on board. Guldibi said more survivors were being sought but that the chances of finding any were dwindling.
WORLD
November 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 60 migrants drowned when their boat capsized off Yemen during an attempt to flee their war-torn homeland of Somalia, a Yemeni security official said. Twenty-five others survived by reaching Redhoum on Yemen's southern shore after their boat went down in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, the security official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. The official said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the accident. The U.N.
WORLD
November 17, 2007 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
Eid Shaaban drowned along the Italian coast with borrowed money in his pockets. The unemployed 37-year-old mason and father of three set out from this village for the Egyptian port of Alexandria several weeks ago. There, he paid smugglers the equivalent of $4,500 and boarded a small fishing boat to cross the Mediterranean. The vessel capsized near a beach in Sicily. On Monday, Shaaban's body was returned home and buried in the village graveyard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2007 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- Crews were racing Thursday to mop up 58,000 gallons of fuel that spilled after a cargo ship bumped into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Spread by the tides, the fuel slick from Wednesday's accident shut down several beaches and threatened shorebirds, seals and other marine mammals that make a home in the bay. By Thursday afternoon, 26 oil-covered birds had been rescued by wildlife crews, while six birds were found dead.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A 35-foot sailboat capsized, struck a breakwater and broke apart in rough conditions on Lake Michigan, killing three of the four men aboard, authorities said. The men, part of a racing team, were sailing to a dry-dock facility on the Calumet River on Chicago's South Side when the boat broke up in 10-foot waves.
WORLD
October 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Most of the passengers on a boat that capsized off Mexico's Pacific coast last week, killing at least 15, were Salvadoran migrants headed to the U.S., Salvadoran President Tony Saca said. "We'll do everything we can to get the bodies back to their families," Saca vowed. Mexican authorities resumed the search for survivors off the coast of the Oaxacan towns San Francisco Ixhuatan and San Francisco del Mar. The search was suspended Saturday because of heavy rain.
WORLD
October 21, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Authorities have recovered the bodies of 15 Central American migrants whose boat capsized in the Pacific Ocean, the Mexican navy said Saturday. Authorities corrected earlier statements by Oaxaca state officials that 24 bodies had washed up in San Francisco del Mar and a nearby town.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A 49-year-old capsized canoeist clung to a water bag to stay afloat for 19 hours until she was rescued from choppy ocean waters a mile off Maui, she said. Lillian Ruth Simpson of Juneau, Alaska, told the Maui News that she wrapped her bathing suit top around her head to keep warm after sunset. A fishing charter boat spotted her in the water Friday morning, dehydrated and sunburned. She was treated at a hospital and released.
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