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October 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Thirteen people were washed into the sea after a freighter caught fire and ran aground in stormy weather off eastern Japan, officials said. One man was found washed ashore and later died, a Coast Guard official said. Three were rescued and nine remained missing, he said. Another 13 crew members were still aboard the Panamanian-registered Giant Step, which had almost broken in two.
October 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Four men who decided to swim for shore after their boat capsized about 15 miles offshore became separated overnight but were rescued, one after spending 25 hours in the Atlantic Ocean, the Coast Guard said. Clinton Daughtry, 27, was pulled from the water by an Air Force helicopter shortly after noon about five miles east of Mayport and taken to a Jacksonville hospital, authorities said. The three others were found about four hours earlier, two together and one alone.
September 9, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An 11-year-old Bakersfield boy run over last week by a boat on Shaver Lake remained in critical condition as Fresno County authorities kept searching for the hit-and-run boater. Dallen McEntire was in a medically induced coma at Children's Hospital Central California. He had several surgeries after suffering major head injuries when struck by the boat's propeller while kneeboarding behind a personal watercraft driven by his father on the lake in the Sierra Nevada east of Fresno.
August 29, 2006 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles port officials said Monday that a ship collided with the Vincent Thomas Bridge over the weekend because an onboard crane was left extended -- not because the bridge was too low. They said they were more concerned about the potential for problems as truck traffic on the bridge increases.
July 27, 2006 | From Reuters
The fate of thousands of Mazda Motor Corp. cars was uncertain after the ship carrying them to North America rolled over on its side in the northern Pacific near Alaska's Aleutian Islands. The Japanese automaker had 4,700 vehicles aboard the Cougar Ace, which began taking on water Sunday and listed so heavily that the 23-member crew had to be rescued Monday by the U.S. Coast Guard. The shipment is fully insured against loss, Mazda said.
July 20, 2006 | Dana Parsons
On the morning his glass-bottom boat gave a final groan and then sunk in the Pacific Ocean, Rick Parker could only watch from 25 yards away as the unimaginable happened. It had all been a big adventure that he was sure would have a happy ending. A restaurateur in Martinez in Northern California, Parker, 55, wanted a boat as a second restaurant in the town harbor. In April 2005, he found the one he wanted: a 109-foot paddle-wheeler built in 1929 and launched in 1931.
July 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man was rescued Friday when his 50-foot wooden sailboat sank about two miles south of the San Clemente pier, officials said. Michael Scholefield, who lives aboard the vessel, was not injured, said Nicola Lesourd, a U.S. Coast Guard operations specialist. He had left Newport Beach and was heading toward Mexico, officials said. The white boat, named Greyhound, sank about 6:45 a.m. near San Mateo Point after striking rocks, Lesourd said.
July 5, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Searchers using sonar early Tuesday located the body of a man who had fallen out of a kayak while paddling with his father in Newport Dunes Aquatic Park. Police said Richard Diffee, 30, of Costa Mesa apparently suffered a seizure, stood up and then fell overboard Monday night. Diffee's father dived into the water but was unable to find him.
June 13, 2006 | Kelly-Anne Suarez and Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writers
It took a good 800 feet of water to separate Rick Parker from his dream of turning a historic glass-bottom boat into a Cajun eatery. City officials in Martinez had rejected the idea. They noted that their dilapidated marina near San Francisco Bay had some of the murkiest water in the state and therefore perhaps one of the worst sites for a glass-bottom boat.
June 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Rescue crews searched the Chesapeake Bay for a publisher and former diplomat Sunday after his sailboat was discovered empty in the water with the engine still running. The Coast Guard dispatched a C-130 aircraft, a helicopter and boats to assist in the search for 72-year-old Philip Merrill, who had been sailing alone Saturday. Senior Chief Steve Carleton said the Coast Guard was operating under the assumption that Merrill fell overboard.
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