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8 People Killed in Tragic Alabama Marina Fire

Monday, Jan 27th 2020 Eight people are killed after massive fire rips through Alabama marina destroying 35 boats – and more could be trapped in vessels underneath the collapsed dock that seven survivors jumped off to escape the blaze At least eight people died and 35 boats were destroyed by the blaze along the Tennessee River Monday Seven people jumped off the boats as the fire in the middle of dock at Lake Guntersville, Jackson raged Seven people who escaped into the water were hospitalized with minor burns and are doing okay A total of 17 agencies responded to the…

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Weather Forecasts Revisited After Duck Boat Disaster

Here’s a thorough and thoughtful story from the Washington Post about the dangers and difficulties of reading weather charts, particularly in light of the duck boat disaster on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri, in July, 2018, when a tourist boat sank, killing 17 people, in 70 mph winds: Boat captain ‘reviewed radar’ data six minutes before his vessel was swallowed by angry waves By Matthew Cappucci January 26 It has been 18 months since a fully loaded duck boat plunged beneath turbulent whitecaps atop Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo. The ill-fated tour took place despite warnings of dangerous weather.…

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EPA: Cities Now Can Dump More Raw Sewage in Rivers

Here’s a disturbing story from The New York Times: By Christopher Flavelle The Environmental Protection Agency has made it easier for cities to keep dumping raw sewage into rivers by letting them delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems, according to interviews with local officials, water utilities and their lobbyists. Cities have long complained about the cost of meeting federal requirements to upgrade aging sewer systems, many of which release untreated waste directly into waterways during heavy rains — a problem that climate change worsens as rainstorms intensify. These complaints have gained new traction with the…

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Record Waves – Up to 46 Feet – Hit Western Med

Storm Gloria caused a series of record-breaking waves recently in the western Mediterranean Sea. Indeed, a buoy off the Balearic Islands recorded a new record wave height of 46.58 feet, while buoys off Valencia, Spain, registered a significant wave height of 27.69 feet, the largest ever recorded in the Med. Significant wave height is the equivalent of the mean wave height of the highest third of the waves at a given time. It is what an experienced observer would estimate at sea at that time. The tide gauge in the Port of Valencia also recorded a historical maximum of 6.9…

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2 Tugs Collide in Mississippi; 3 Crew Missing

The Coast Guard is searching for three crewmen who are missing after two towing boats collided at mile marker 123 in the Mississippi River near Luling, Louisiana. The collision occurred about 5:30 on Sunday morning. The Coast Guard says the towing vessel Cooperative Spirit was going upriver when it entered a barge fleeting area and hit some barges before colliding with the towing vessel RC Creppel. Four crew from the RC Creppel were thrown into the water. The boat sank in the river. A good Samaritan boat recovered one of the crew. The Coast Guard sent three search-and-rescue boats and…

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8 Tips for a Midwinter Check on Your Boat, from BoatUS

For those of us living in the north, it’s time to pay a visit to the boat for a midwinter checkup. It’s also an excuse to go down to the boat and dream about better (and warmer) days ahead. But you want to do this right. Here are eight tips from BoatUS about how to take care of your boat, and yourself, this winter: ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan. 21, 2020 – Winter solstice may have been one month ago, but on the boater’s calendar, January is generally considered the middle of a vessel’s long winter nap. It’s time to check up on her…

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Can a Great White Shark Help Solve a Crime?

Here’s a great story  on Fitsnews.com about how a Hilton Head, South Carolina, shark fisherman hopes to use publicity from the great white shark he just caught and tagged to solve the 2016 hit-and-run death of a 14-year-old year old girl named Grace. Massive 2,800-lb. Great White Shark Caught Off Of Hilton Head – Could It Help Solve A Crime? You never know what’s lurking off the SC coast.. By  Mandy Matney Could a South Carolina great white shark help the Highway Patrol solve a crime? Hilton Head Island’s great white shark whisperer is giving it his best shot. Chip Michalove, a famous fisherman who has hooked…

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Beneteau, Pardo, Solaris: Winners of Boat of the Year Awards

The European Powerboat of the Year Awards were just announced on the opening night of the Düsseldorf show, and the winners included Beneteau, Pardo, Solaris and, in a special category, Volvo Penta. This was the 14th year the awards were announced at a gala dinner. They were chosen by an expert jury from Europe’s leading boat testing organizations and eight leading powerboat magazines. The boat awards were in five categories: Up to 25 feet; up to 35 feet; up to 45 feet; over 45 feet; and displacement (regardless of length). The winners, chosen from a field of 23 nominees, are:…

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Feds Say Smugglers Use Yachts To Bring Chinese to Florida

Federal officials say that human smugglers are using recreational yachts to carry dozens of Chinese without papers from the Bahamas into South Florida. The Coast Guard has stopped two boats, one a 63-foot Sunseeker and the other a 70-foot Hatteras (pictured above), as they approached South Florida. Federal authorities charged three men who were running the boats with human smuggling, and said that each of  the Chinese paid them thousands of dollars for the trip. In the most recent case, the Coast Guard stopped the Sunseeker, INXS FINALLY, which was carrying 14 Chinese and one Bahamian to the U.S. from…

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Bumfuzzle Moves On, Cruising in the Caymans

When we last heard from the Schulte family, they were waiting out the hurricane season up Rio Dulce in Guatemala. But now a new season has started, and they’re on their way again. The Schultes, Pat, Ali, their daughter Ouest, 10, and son Lowe, 8, just reached Little Cayman Island on their 1986 Grand Banks 42 Bumfuzzle, and they’re happy to be there. In late November, the Schultes, from St. Paul, Minnesota, topped off their fuel tanks, giving them about a 1,000 nm range, and headed out into the Caribbean, staying a while in Roatan, the largest of Honduras’ Bay…

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