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May 21, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
MOORE, Okla. -- After darkness fell over this tornado-stricken city on Monday night and early Tuesday morning, rescuers confronted a strange and grim tableau. Trees were wrapped with aluminum,  and downed power lines ran over streams from broken water mains. In a city with so many ruined homes -- and at least 51 dead after an enormous twister cranked through the southern Oklahoma City suburb -- call after call for victims went without answer. "First responders! Do you need any help?"
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April 17, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - Divers struggled against strong currents and murky waters Friday morning in an effort to locate 271 people reported missing after a ferry sank off South Korea's southwestern coast. Water and weather conditions were making it difficult for divers to reach the Sewol, which sank Wednesday about 12 miles off the coast with 475 passengers aboard, many of whom were high school students on a field trip. The death toll rose to 25, with some bodies floating to the water's surface.
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WORLD
April 8, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
The calls from America kept coming but Paolo Paolucci's answer stayed the same: "Gabriella is dead." A sigh, a gasp, and in the near distance Tuesday, the sounds of hands and clawed machines digging at the stone, mortar and splintered wood of broken homes and crumpled bell towers scattered for miles in eerie heaps beneath mountains thick with snow. Paolucci's elderly mother and sister, Gabriella, were two of the deceased as the toll from Monday's magnitude 6.3 earthquake rose to 228.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Four rescue specialists from the California Air National Guard remain aboard a disabled sailboat to treat a sick child, the Guard's 129th Rescue Wing said late Saturday afternoon. No decision has been made whether the child will be transferred to a U.S. Navy ship headed toward the boat or evacuated by air to San Diego, a Guard spokesman said. The sailboat is estimated to be more than 1,000 miles off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The effort to help the child has involved the Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Navy.
NEWS
November 30, 1987 | Associated Press
Officials today ended rescue efforts for survivors of a South African Airways jumbo jet crash after the discovery of mutilated corpses indicated that none of the 159 people aboard could have survived. The search continued for the flight recorder and other wreckage of the Boeing 747, which went down in the Indian Ocean on Saturday .
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December 22, 1988 | Associated Press
A bottlenose dolphin escaped from a net and dragged a diver underwater today, prompting a rescue team to postpone efforts to move the stranded mammal to warmer waters until after the New Year. Officials said they were worried about injuries to the dolphin and to divers after spending two days trying to capture the creature. They planned to resume the effort Jan. 4.
WORLD
March 12, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Emergency responders have streamed into Japan to aid rescue efforts after the historic magnitude 8.9 earthquake and associated tsunami. Two teams from Doctors Without Borders arrived by helicopter in Japan's Miyagi prefecture Saturday and traveled to the hard-hit northern city of Sendai. The teams include medical and logistical staff such as Dr. Nobuko Kurosaki, a pediatric surgeon and president of the group's Japan division. They have been working in coordination with a Japanese Disaster Medical Assistance Team in an evacuation center in Sendai, where those displaced by flooding and quake damage have been receiving medical care.
NEWS
August 22, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Boulders and sludge roared down a hill in the northern Himalayas on Friday, burying what was left of a remote village where 202 people already were feared dead in an earlier landslide. In a week of devastation, more than a dozen major landslides have hit the area. Monsoon rain stopped briefly Friday for the first time in weeks, raising hopes for rescue efforts in Malpa, but four new landslides buried the mountain village under 35 feet of rocks and mud.
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December 2, 1991 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Operating on less than four hours' sleep, the three volunteers who rescued Cindy Moyneur and Ryan McIntosh on Sunday endured a 24-hour search in which they fought mountain gusts by crawling on all fours with 55-pound supply packs on their backs.
NEWS
August 23, 1988 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
Rescue and relief efforts intensified in both Nepal and India on Monday as the official death toll climbed past 650 in the strongest earthquake to hit the Himalayas in more than half a century. Narajam Thapa, Nepal's home minister, said at a news conference Monday that at least 450 people have been killed in this mountainous kingdom, while Indian radio placed the toll at 200 dead in eastern Bihar state alone.
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March 25, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
The confirmed death toll for the Washington state mudslide rose to 16 on Tuesday night, and officials said rescuers might have located eight more bodies. If so, that would bring the toll to 24. The day was rainy and difficult for the more than 200 rescue personnel scouring the mud and slurry just east of Oso, using cadaver dogs and sometimes their hands to pick through the wreckage. "We didn't find any signs of life; we didn't locate anybody alive," Travis Hots, chief of Snohomish County Fire District 21, told reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
When his body was discovered, 34-year-old Andres Marin was still sitting on his light blue mountain bike, leaning against the side of a hill in the Cleveland National Forest. He had his helmet on and his binoculars were around his neck; his hands were on the handlebars and his feet on the pedals.   “He was still trying, he was still fighting,” his wife, Christyna Arista, said. “He froze to death up there.” On Tuesday, Arista, 33, said she's not sure what happened to her husband during his birthday bike ride, but she was angry that the Riverside County Sheriff's Department had suspended its rescue efforts.
NATIONAL
December 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Rescuers are trying to help dozens of pilot whales stranded on a beach in a remote area of the Everglades National Park in Florida. The whales, four of whom have already died, were first sighted about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near Highland Beach. By Wednesday morning at least four boats with 15 people were heading to the beach area where about 10 whales were on shore and more than two dozen whales were stuck in shallow water, park officials told reporters. “This area of the park is probably the most challenging for something like this.
NATIONAL
October 28, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Ellis Island, which greeted millions of immigrants to the United States, reopened its museum doors on Monday, a year after the aptly named Superstorm Sandy tore through much of the eastern half of the United States, killing scores of people and destroying tens of billions of dollars in property. More than a million documents, photographs and other artifacts were moved from Ellis Island to safety in Maryland after the storm roared through, creating swells as high as 8 feet that damaged what was the point of entry for immigrants coming mainly from Europe.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Rescue teams were searching Thursday for an estimated 68 people believed buried in a mudslide after multiple storms battered large swaths of Mexico, killing nearly 100 people nationwide and leaving thousands stranded or homeless. While much attention was focused on tourists caught in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, grimmer reports emerged from villages in that hard-hit region of Guerrero state, which were largely cut off from aid and may have suffered large-scale devastation.
WORLD
September 19, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Rescue teams were searching Thursday for an estimated 68 people believed buried in a mudslide after multiple storms battered large swaths of Mexico, killing nearly 100 people nationwide and leaving thousands stranded or homeless. While much attention was focused on tourists caught in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, grimmer reports emerged from villages in that hard-hit region of Guerrero state, which were largely cut off from aid and may have suffered large-scale devastation.
NEWS
September 26, 1985 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and DAN WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writers
The clash of egos, the confusion of decision-making, the language differences among the rescue teams all seemed to militate Wednesday against more miracles at Benito Juarez Hospital, a horribly ruined victim of Mexico City's earthquakes. But at dusk, a little metal basket carrying a days-old baby was gingerly passed from rough hand to rough hand and on to a waiting team of doctors.
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January 19, 2004 | From Associated Press
Hampered by snow and low clouds, U.S. and Canadian crews called off rescue efforts Sunday for 10 people believed killed when a plane operated by a small regional airline crashed into icy Lake Erie shortly after taking off from a Canadian island. Canadian authorities said Sunday that nine people aboard the flight were Canadian and one person was from Los Angeles.
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September 16, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Jenny Deam
BOULDER, Colo. - Helicopters returned to the skies over Colorado on Monday as officials took advantage of a break in the weather to step up rescue efforts reminiscent of those in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. It was drizzling across much of the state Monday. That was a relief from the record-setting torrents that racked Colorado last week, turning tame brooks into raging walls of water that destroyed roads, brought down bridges and overflowed dams. The death toll stood at six confirmed deaths, but several people were missing and presumed dead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Officials are investigating whether the auto mechanic shop that caught fire early Monday was an illegal residential dwelling. Fire crews received a report of a fire at a commercial building in the 4300 block of East Compton Boulevard at about 2 a.m. When they arrived, they found the shop with a converted loft engulfed in flames.   A family of six was living in the loft space above the shop, authorities said. Four family members escaped the blaze, but hours later, a cadaver dog was still searching the rummage looking for a 42-year-old mother and her 12-year-old daughter who went missing in the fire.
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