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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.
June 12, 2006 | Jason Felch, Times Staff Writer
The Phoenix, a 100-foot glass-bottomed paddleboat, sank Sunday morning off the coast of Malibu, authorities said. A restaurateur from the Bay Area recently bought the Phoenix and hoped to transform it into a floating Cajun eatery, said Mickey Gallagher, chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's rescue boat section.
June 7, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued a man who fell off a disabled 29-foot sailboat Tuesday and spent several hours in the ocean about 35 miles off Point Reyes National Seashore. The unidentified man was in critical condition at Stanford University Medical Center, Coast Guard Lt. John Fu said. The nature of his injuries was unclear.
June 5, 2006 | Jason Felch and Scott Gold, Times Staff Writers
Two men were killed Sunday when their boat struck the breakwater off the Port of Los Angeles and capsized, authorities said. A 7-year-old boy injured in the incident was on a ventilator and was expected to survive. The men were among six relatives who embarked on a fishing trip Sunday morning from Cabrillo Beach on an 18-foot motorboat, said Los Angeles Port Police Sgt. Daniel Aleman.
May 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
NEW ENGLAND Five Canadians were rescued from a battered sailboat about 250 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., after withstanding days of gale-force winds, a Coast Guard spokesman said.
May 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Working through the night, searchers recovered two bodies from the Klickitat River after four rafts capsized, authorities said. A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the body of Jeff Driver, 50, of White Salmon, about 11 p.m. Saturday while searching the river with lights. The second body was found Sunday and tentatively identified as Rollin Schimmel, 61, of Pendleton, Ore.
March 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Fishermen searched the seas off Cameroon for 127 people feared dead after a ferry sank. The boat was bound for Gabon from a Nigerian town near Cameroon's border. Word of the accident came when fishermen found bodies off Cameroon, said a top regional official. He cited survivors as saying that 150 people from Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast were on board and that 23 were rescued. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.
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