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September 23, 2007 | Melissa Patterson, Orlando Sentinel
What some call denial, Ray and Simona Strong call faith. It's been more than a year since their young daughter disappeared into Panama City, Fla., waters, but they still see her alive in surveillance videos -- some from as far away as South Carolina. On Sept. 14, the Bay County sheriff's office reiterated what it had always contended: Jewel Strong, who was 3 when she disappeared in May 2006, drowned in a boating accident. For the Strongs, the announcement changed nothing.
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NATIONAL
June 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A 5-year-old who was feared drowned Wednesday with her grandfather on a boating trip startled searchers Friday when she emerged from the woods -- naked, scratched and holding raspberries. Searchers had pulled her grandfather's body from the Kankakee River near Momence hours earlier. When authorities told Hannah Klamecki's family -- already grieving the loss of her grandfather -- that she was alive, they erupted in screams. Hannah had scratches on her face and body.
WORLD
May 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Rescuers searched for 16 missing crew members of a South Korean cargo vessel that sank after colliding with a Chinese freighter in foggy waters off northeast China, officials said. No survivors or bodies have been found, South Korean coast guard official Yang Jong-ta said. The 3,800-ton Golden Rose sank about 4 a.m. Saturday, about 40 miles southeast of Dalian, a coastal city in northeastern Liaoning province. The crew comprised one Indonesian, seven South Koreans and eight from Myanmar.
WORLD
May 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Police in the Turks and Caicos scaled back their search for more than 40 missing Haitian migrants, assigning a single vessel to scan the shark-infested Caribbean waters where the crowded sailboat capsized Friday. Searchers found no bodies or survivors over the weekend, dimming hopes for the rescue effort. "We haven't called the search off completely as yet," police Inspector Hilton Duncan said.
NATIONAL
May 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
About 900 people gathered to remember two college students who died in a boating accident on an Adirondack lake. The students from Paul Smith's College, which is on the shore of Lower St. Regis Lake, were among six thrown into the lake when two canoes and a power boat capsized Friday. Four students made it to shore, about 100 feet away. Police were investigating. "Our entire community is deeply saddened," said college President John Mills.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A former state lawmaker and prominent lawyer was found conscious but suffering from hypothermia on an island Monday, a day after his boat was discovered cruising unmanned in a Juneau bay. Bruce Weyhrauch was reported missing after boaters spotted his 15-foot Boston Whaler on Sunday evening. Ninety minutes earlier, Weyhrauch, 54, had dropped off his teenage son on the beach near their home and headed for a harbor less than a mile away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Fierce winds swept over Southern California on Wednesday, blowing a 25-foot sailboat into a Newport Beach jetty and toppling a tree onto a van, seriously injuring an Anaheim maintenance man. The 60-mph winds also spread a fire from a tire warehouse onto a hillside adjacent to Cal State Los Angeles, destroyed a home and damaged two others. Additionally, a passenger on Disneyland's Jungle Cruise ride suffered minor injuries when the wind blew over a banana tree.
NATIONAL
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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