July 4, 1998 |
A sailor training to become a Navy SEAL commando died a day after choking and losing consciousness during a survival swim in a pool, Navy officials said Friday. Gordon Racine Jr., 25, of Houston died Thursday night at Sharp Coronado Hospital after more than a day on life support, Navy Lt. Dee Dee Van Wormer said. The cause of death was not known. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
June 24, 1998 |
A belated but ferocious Sierra Nevada snowmelt has turned California's popular white water rivers into lethal lures for river rafters, claiming 11 lives so far this season--including nine in the past week alone. Some rivers have yet to reach peak flow, causing officials to brace for a death count that could far exceed the record number of white water deaths--12--that occurred in 1993.
June 20, 1998 |
As soon as the raft hit a submerged tree, it flipped, tossing everyone into the frothy brown Kern River, made a torrent by the sudden, post-El Nino snowmelt of the High Sierra. Five people and their guide swam to shore. But a 13-year-old from Boise, Idaho, disappeared. On Thursday, two days after the accident, search-and-rescue crews found the girl submerged beneath a log near the area where the raft capsized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1996
A crew member of the tall ship Californian was presumed dead after she fell overboard Thursday into rough waters off Point Conception, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said. The Coast Guard called off its search for Maine native Dannielle Faucher, 23, about 2 p.m. Friday, nearly 24 hours after crew members saw her slip over the side.
June 18, 1993 |
A missing crewman was presumed dead after a Navy SH-60F Seahawk helicopter crashed at sea 25 miles off Imperial Beach, Navy officials said. The accident occurred during a training flight Tuesday morning. The missing crewman was identified as Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert A. Lee, 31. The pilot, Lt. John C. Begley, 29, and co-pilot Lt. Brian C. Westervelt, 28, were rescued immediately after the crash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1991
Search teams have recovered the body of a Huntington Beach woman who drowned more than three weeks ago when she fell into Yosemite Valley's Merced River while taking pictures. The body of Michelle Boettcher, 23, was found in the river Monday evening about 100 yards downstream from the point where she fell on July 5, said Jeni Weber, Yosemite National Park Service spokeswoman.