July 28, 1991 |
Waves of frothy oil from a sunken Japanese fishing vessel have begun washing ashore on some of America's most pristine shores, threatening sea otters and tens of thousands of birds, Coast Guard officials said Saturday. More than a dozen oil-drenched birds, both dead and alive, have been found on beaches, said state Department of Wildlife spokesman Doug Zimmer. "They're so coated," Lorraine Durick, a volunteer with the Wild Animal Clinic of Monroe told the Seattle Times. "This stuff is like glue.
December 13, 1988
A crewman aboard an Indian merchant ship was killed when the ship was struck by a practice missile launched from a Navy jet during a military exercise, northwest of the island of Kauai, the Navy announced. The non-explosive missile was fired at a target hulk ship, but its guidance system locked onto the merchant vessel Jagvivek, which was not supposed to be within the Navy's Pacific Missile range, the Navy said. The missile hit the ship's topside superstructure, fatally injuring the crew member.
December 14, 1988
The captain of an Indian merchant ship says he was following a course given by the Navy and was advised he was out of the danger area 40 minutes before his ship was hit by a U.S. Navy unarmed Harpoon missile, killing a crewman. Navy officials said they could not confirm Capt. P.M. Mirchandani's account of the accident that occurred in the Navy's Pacific Missile Range 80 miles north-northwest of the island of Kauai on Monday.