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October 16, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
At least four women died when a boat capsized early Wednesday off the coast of South Florida, U.S. Coast Guard officials said, in the latest example of the recent tragedies worldwide of illegally transporting people from poorer to wealthier nations. Eleven survivors were rescued after the boat carrying mainly Haitian and Jamaican nationals turned over, Coast Guard Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque told the Los Angeles Times. One of those aboard the recreational vessel was injured, she said.
October 11, 2013 | By John Horn
Robert Redford was going down with the ship. Yes, the character he plays in writer-director J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost," which arrives in theaters Friday, is a lone traveler on the Indian Ocean whose sailboat is taking on water from a gash in its hull. But this water emergency wasn't in Chandor's screenplay. Filming in the same massive outdoor tank that James Cameron used to make "Titanic" in Baja California, Chandor was shooting Redford inside the cramped quarters of the 39-foot Virginia Jean.
October 10, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Two men were rescued from the waters off the Marina Del Rey coast Wednesday night after their boat capsized. The boat was outside the marina breakwater and somehow got tangled in a lobster net line after 7 p.m. and was taking on water, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "When the deputies arrived, they saw the vessel ... capsize and saw two men jump into the water," the Sheriff's Department said. The men were pulled aboard the deputies' patrol boat and taken to safety.
October 3, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME - European and Italian officials were once again struggling Thursday to come up with ways to stop desperate African migrants from perishing in the Mediterranean after at least 114 people drowned when their boat caught fire and capsized. During a frantic rescue operation using fishing boats, helicopters and coast guard vessels, more than 150 people were pulled from the water off the Italian island of Lampedusa, which is 70 miles from the African coast and a popular destination for migrant sailings.
September 20, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Russian commandos armed with assault rifles and handguns seized a Greenpeace ship and detained 30 activists who were protesting oil drilling in the Arctic, Greenpeace and Russian officials said Friday. Activists aboard the the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker ship  told Greenpeace officials that about 15 troops rappelled down ropes from a combat helicopter in a surprise raid Thursday night in international waters, said Maria Favorskaya, a spokeswoman for the environmental group.  “At gunpoint, they rounded up all the people on board and also broke the door of the radio room, where some activists tried to barricade themselves in, ” Favorskaya said.
September 15, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Two Bahamian citizens were stranded for eight days on their capsized boat in the Atlantic Ocean before they were rescued Saturday by the U.S. Coast Guard off the Florida coast, officials said. The Coast Guard, which located the boat east of Riviera Beach, Fla., after receiving a report of a capsized vessel, released a photo of two men clinging to the hull of their overturned boat as rescuers approached by helicopter. Their identities weren't released.  A rescue swimmer lowered into the water from the helicopter swam to the stranded pair and "determined the people needed to be medically evacuated immediately and safely coordinated a hoist with the helicopter crew," the Coast Guard said in a statement.
September 12, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
A group of girls who spent Tuesday tanning beachside in Marina del Rey assumed the big, snazzy boat they saw must belong to the Coast Guard. A man in a wetsuit guessed the tiered, navy-and-white vessel was a cruise ship - like the one he'd board in a few weeks for his honeymoon. And a guy who sells binoculars from Venice Pier said he'd seen it around for a couple weeks and that it belonged to "some real rich Russian dude. " Longer than a football field and topped with a gaggle of gadgets that looks like a Christmas tree without leaves, the fancy boat moored off Marina del Rey still befuddles some vacationers.
September 11, 2013 | By Brad Balukjian
The two catamarans zipping across San Francisco Bay in the America's Cup finals each weighs about 163 tons less than America, the winning yacht in 1851 and namesake for sports' oldest active trophy. The lighter load obviously helps these boats achieve speeds up to 50 mph, but there's much more to their design; both are engineering marvels that maximize the energy provided by wind and water. The AC72 (America's Cup, 72 feet long) catamarans are defending America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA, owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, and challenger Emirates Team New Zealand.
September 10, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Tony Perry
The Coast Guard on Tuesday found an empty boat belonging to a man reported missing Monday off the coast of Oceanside. Authorities say he could be at sea wearing a life jacket. The man's 21-foot fishing boat, the Lucky Dog, was found at 6:26 a.m. about 10 miles northwest of La Jolla, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Connie Gawrelli. "We still have not found the missing man," she said late Tuesday morning.  The man, whose name the Coast Guard has not released was reported missing at about 5:30 p.m. Monday by his wife, officials said.
September 10, 2013 | Susan Brenneman, Susan Brenneman, deputy Op-Ed editor, served as ballast in several minor sailing races on San Francisco Bay
Larry Ellison, prince of Silicon Valley, is richer than God. But even Ellison can't always get what he wants. In 2010, Ellison's Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup, the 162-year-old yacht race that pits big personalities and big pocketbooks against wind, currents and radical boat design. The victory gave him the right to set the rules for where and how the next cup would unfold. He chose San Francisco Bay as the location, and set specs for the boats: They would be seven-ton catamarans, 72 feet long, with 13-story carbon-fiber fixed "wingsails.
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