CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1989 |
Robert Melford doesn't remember much about the day he nearly lost his life. The 26-year-old assistant Boy Scout leader can't recall the 20-foot powerboat slamming into the canoe from which he was fishing. He doesn't remember the frantic shouts for help, the blood from the gaping gash in his head, the chilly water of Lake Mohave as he went under. The last thing that Melford remembers is dozing in the red canoe, absorbing the desert sun and waiting for the bass to bite. He said his memory picks up about a week after the April 1 accident.
August 11, 1991
Enjoyed your coverage of eco-tours to the Amazon ("Exploring Amazonia," July 21). I have just returned from a fabulous adventure to the other end of the Amazon, the River Napo out of Coca, Ecuador. Biological Journeys, McKinleyville, Calif., arranges trips to the La Selva Jungle Lodge from Quito. This tour company made excellent arrangements for me, and once there via motor canoe and paddle canoe, I saw the rain forest, countless butterflies, birds, monkeys, insects, bats, fish, medicinal plants.
August 10, 2004 |
"One, TWO, three, tip!" I crash into the water with three 10-year-old girls giggling and screaming. Despite my warnings, the girls haven't securely placed the paddles under the gunwales. They start floating away. I have one hand steadying the canoe, the other reaching for the blades; with my legs, I'm trying to scramble into the water-filled boat. The girls are spilling out of the canoe, threatening the precarious balance, shrieking as we make no further progress toward shore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2001 |
The boyfriend of a San Clemente woman found stabbed to death inside her apartment was arrested in Texas where he was found sleeping in a canoe along the banks of the Rio Grande, police said Monday. Robert Karl Russell, 40, was arrested on suspicion of weapons violations and will be questioned in the death of Cheryl L. Joyner, authorities said. Police in Cameron County, Texas, said they found the victim's car parked near the place where they arrested Russell.
May 11, 1996 |
Former CIA Director William E. Colby probably suffered a heart attack or stroke while he was out canoeing, and then fell into the water and died, the Maryland medical examiner's office said. An autopsy found evidence that the former spymaster, 76, had suffered from hardening of the arteries, Chief Medical Examiner John Smialek said. The body was found after an eight-day search.
November 16, 2003
I enjoyed the article on Tahaa ["Afloat on Society's Fringe," Oct. 19]. About 35 years ago, my brother and I, both in our 50s, visited there. A brochure in our Raiatea hotel said it would be a fun boat ride, so we asked about getting there. A guy named Joe took us to his boat, which was a canoe with an outboard motor. The minute we left it started to rain. We spent a half-hour in the open ocean -- no radio, out of sight of land -- but we got there. We were in bathing trunks, so Joe asked us if we wanted to dive and see the fish.