September 3, 2012 |
Warming global temperatures and melting polar ice caps have helped a trio of explorers go where few men have gone before. In an account of their voyage posted Monday, the crew of the 31-foot Belzebub II - a fiberglass sailboat with a living space the size of a bathroom - described how they crossed through the M'Clure Strait in northern Canada, a decreasingly ice-packed route through the famed Northwest Passage. The international three-man crew - an American, Canadian and Swede - claim to have piloted the first sailboat to do so. The route is named after 19th century British explorer Robert McClure, the first person to cross the elusive Arctic passage that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, an arduous, frosty trek that nearly killed his men. But last week, scientists said the area of floating sea ice in the Arctic had fallen to the lowest level ever observed.
August 13, 1986 |
A Polish sailboat arrived Tuesday for the Statue of Liberty's 100th birthday celebration--more than a month late because of a storm but with its crew healthy, the Coast Guard said. Another Polish sailboat, the Stomil, arrived in New York Harbor four days late for the Fourth of July festivities. It has since sailed to Buffalo, New York and Chicago, arriving in Chicago a day late. The sloop Gaudeamus arrived Tuesday in New York Harbor, delayed by rough weather, the Coast Guard said.
July 20, 1986 |
A couple were rescued Saturday after being adrift in a 38-foot sailboat for two days, the Coast Guard said. The two, from Bellingham, Wash., were stranded when their boat developed rudder and engine troubles about 1,000 miles northeast of the Hawaiian Islands, officials said. The Coast Guard found the couple after receiving distress signals from the boat's emergency locater transmitter. They were reported in good condition.
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February 27, 2013 |
The Coast Guard on Tuesday suspended its search for four people, including two young children, who were believed to be missing after a distress call from what was said to be a sinking sailboat in the ocean south of San Francisco. Officials are investigating the possibility that the incident was a hoax. Searchers using aircraft and sea vessels found "no signs of distress, no signs of debris, no reports of missing people," Coast Guard spokesman Mike Lutz said. The agency will continue to investigate the case, including whether the initial distress call was a hoax, Lutz said.
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March 23, 1987 |
The Coast Guard ended its search Sunday evening for a Simi Valley man who was reported missing Saturday after he fell from a sailboat in rough seas off the coast of Oxnard. Ken Bauman, 24, was presumed dead after the Coast Guard found no trace of him outside the Channel Islands Harbor in Ventura County, Chief Petty Officer Joseph Hartline said. Bauman was reported missing Saturday afternoon.
June 15, 2008 |
As night slid into day and back into night, and reef fish nibbled at their skin and the Gulf of Mexico roiled around them, the five survivors of the sinking of the Cynthia Woods sailboat kept talking. Steve Conway, a retired Coast Guard commander and one of the sailboat's safety officers, told some of the sea stories he's famous for, careful to avoid "ones that involve utter calamity." Then, he told reporters later, he detailed the protocol for Coast Guard rescues, giving the four Texas A&M students floating alongside him in the gulf a timeline for the help they were certain would come.