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HEALTH
May 30, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
More than 500,000 people around the world die each year from drowning, according to the World Health Organization.  That does not include people who die in floods or boating accidents, the agency says. With the start of summer, more families will be at beaches, lakes and pools. Drowning is a leading cause of death worldwide for boys ages 5 to 14, and in the United States it is the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children 1 to 4. Among the risk factors aside from age and gender are alcohol use, low income, poor education, risky behavior and lack of supervision, according to a report in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The Balboa Pier has been reopened to visitors after engineers found no evidence of damage to its pilings caused by a boating accident. Newport Beach police said the popular pier was reopened to the public around 9:45 a.m. Monday and that crowds of pedestrians and fishermen were soon enjoying Labor Day outings on the wooden structure. The pier was closed Sunday night after a 55-foot-long private boat lost power and drifted into one of the pier pilings. The boat's passengers were rescued and no one was injured.
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NEWS
June 1, 1989 | R. DANIEL FOSTER
"Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death in children from 1 to 5 years of age," says Rebecca McCain, Red Cross aquatic and youth specialist, citing a National Safety Council statistic. McCain recommends that, short of cementing over your pool, parents take the following precautions: Supervision is crucial. "A child can drown in less time than it takes for you to answer the phone," McCain says. "All it takes is two minutes." Many swim schools teach small children how to reach the side of the pool or go to a step area.
SPORTS
July 14, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
CLERMONT, Fla. - The ring sits in a black box at the bottom of a tan ostrich-skin briefcase, the contents of which have been unchanged for two decades. This was Tim Crews' briefcase. It once accompanied him to Dodger Stadium. Now it sits buried in the back of a closet, under some clothes, from where it is gently removed and carefully unlocked only on special occasions. Laurie Crews places the briefcase on a coffee table, slowly runs her hands over its faded leather, and asks her youngest son Travis to open it. It's the 25th anniversary of her late husband's greatest triumph.
SPORTS
June 28, 1985
The national shooting championships in Olympic-style rifle, pistol, shotgun and air gun competition are under way at the 1984 Olympic site, Prado Tiro, in Chino. The 25th U.S. International Shooting Championships, which run through July 6, are the tryout competitions for U.S. shooting teams competing in September at the World Moving Target Championships in Italy.
SPORTS
August 31, 1994 | RICH ROBERTS
The last forecast California's dove hunters want to hear as they head out for their favorite sites today is that it will be a dark and stormy night. The first part of the split season opens Thursday, a half-hour before sunrise. Recent surveys of the state's most popular game bird by California Department of Fish and Game personnel indicate that it could be the best shooting in years . . . if storms don't scatter the birds or cooling weather doesn't drive them south into Mexico.
NEWS
July 4, 1998 | From Times wire services
Rescuers continued efforts Friday to find an off-duty Fontana police officer who fell from a boat into Lake Perris. Carl "Gil" Murano, 29, was boating with four co-workers Thursday when he was tossed into the water as the boat made a turn, authorities said. "He lost his balance and may have hit his head," said Riverside County Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Lohman.
SPORTS
November 10, 1999 | RICH ROBERTS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two questions were raised after the New York Yacht Club's Young America split amidships and almost sank in an America's Cup race against Nippon Challenge Tuesday: * Would skipper Ed Baird's team try to fix it or just switch to the newer boat they were planning to use later, anyway? * And . . . who's next? Baird said, "We're asking our designers all the time to make these boats light so they'll be fast and at the same time make them strong.
NEWS
June 22, 2004 | Pete Thomas
Sixty-ONE people were killed and 502 injured in nearly 1,000 boating mishaps in California last year, the most annual accidents on record, state officials report. Improved reporting accounts for the increase, although there were more accidents involving such tow-sports as wakeboarding and knee-boarding, says Raynor Tsuneyoshi, director of the California Department of Boating and Waterways. Amy Rigby, the department's accident analyst, says last year saw the most fatalities in a decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1989
The Orange County Sheriff's Department is investigating a boating accident that sent two boaters to the hospital with minor back injuries, sheriff's deputies said Sunday. About 10 p.m. Saturday, Chad Christopher Douglass, 24, and Ty Harris, 20, both of Huntington Beach, were fishing in a rubber dinghy near the entrance to Huntington Harbour.
WORLD
April 16, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
A boating accident off the Philippines coast has exposed Chinese poaching of a protected species of scaly anteater, or pangolin, prized in traditional medicine. A 500-ton Chinese fishing vessel, the Min Long Yu, crashed into a coral reef April 8. When the boat was inspected, authorities found more than 2,000 butchered pangolins rolled up and packed into 400 boxes. It is one of the largest hauls of the species, which is subject to an international trade ban. Pangolins are long, lizard-like land mammals covered with scales, which make them look like pine cones when they roll themselves up for protection.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette
A family friend is under investigation after a boating accident critically injured Usher's 11-year-old stepson from a previous marriage and reportedly rendered the boy brain-dead. Atlanta resident Jeffrey S. Hubbard struck Kyle Glover, the son of the “Scream” singer's ex-wife Tameka Foster, while on a jet ski as the boy floated on an inner tube attached to a pontoon boat on Georgia's Lake Lanier on Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . Hubbard had rented the jet ski and boat with Foster and her son. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor, police told the paper.
HEALTH
May 30, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
More than 500,000 people around the world die each year from drowning, according to the World Health Organization.  That does not include people who die in floods or boating accidents, the agency says. With the start of summer, more families will be at beaches, lakes and pools. Drowning is a leading cause of death worldwide for boys ages 5 to 14, and in the United States it is the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children 1 to 4. Among the risk factors aside from age and gender are alcohol use, low income, poor education, risky behavior and lack of supervision, according to a report in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
NEWS
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.
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.
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.
NEWS
August 22, 1987 | United Press International
A 71-year-old New York woman, Edna Liddy, died while clinging to an overturned motorboat on storm-tossed Moosehead Lake. Four family members with her were rescued after the 12-hour ordeal, authorities said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
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