Archive for 12/13/2011

Michael Mui –

It had been 26 years since anyone last laid eyes on well-known wheelchair scuba diver Peter Devoe, who failed to resurface after a 1985 family dive at Cates Park in North Vancouver.

Devoe, who was 29 when he disappeared, was finally recovered in the Burrard Inlet by a pair of commercial fishers in October.

Coroners said Wednesday they identified his remains by the jewelry he wore and telltale marks on his bones from a car accident.

His body was surprisingly well-preserved within his full-body scuba suit, despite floating in the inlet for almost three decades.

His remains were found just west of where he vanished during a dive with his brother on March 13, 1985.

His body never floated out of the bay, and was anchored down in the calm waters by his weighty equipment, Coroner Stephen Fonseca said. Speaking from her home, Robin Devoe recalled the day her brother-in-law went missing after heading out for a dive with her husband.

“Peter just never came up,” she said. “It hasn’t hit home yet.

He was a great person, he competed in wheelchair sports, was really concerned about other people in wheelchairs.”

She said Devoe founded a 20-member wheelchair scuba diving club in 1983, and helped others with disabilities discover a new way to enjoy life.

“For somebody with spinal cord injuries, it’s the freedom of being away from a wheelchair,” she said.

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MNN –

When Discovery Channel producers heard about what goes down annually in Nome, Alaska, they must have died and gone to ratings heaven.

While the small, isolated city only has a population of around 3500, that number swells during the summer months when people from all around come to try their luck at striking it rich.

Due to its geography, Nome is rich in gold deposits – the catch being that most of it lies in the cold, uninviting, and often dangerous waters of the Bering Sea.

Enter “Bering Sea Gold”, a new series coming to the Discovery Channel in January that documents the crews working to strike it rich in the open water.

“For two million years, glaciers have been melting into the Bering Sea and depositing sediments rich with gold into its waters,” the press release states.

“As Nome’s ice pack melts during the summer, the isolated, ramshackle town of eccentrics and outcasts booms with excitement, as pioneer gold seekers rush to get out onto the water.

Miners dive and dredge to scour the bottom of the sea from custom built, barely seaworthy rigs — in a race to haul in as much gold as possible before the waters become too frigid to dive.”

Produced by the same team that brought the mega-hit “Deadliest Catch” to television, you can expect this one to come standard with engaging characters from all walks of life.

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JD –

The number of pirate attacks off the Somali coast has declined considerably in recent weeks due to strong winds and storms with pirates reporting that at least six of their groups and six of their boats were lost at sea.

The six pirates groups from Harardheere, Hobyo, Garacad, Bargaal and Ceel Dhanaane area have still not returned from their hijacking missions, according to pirates who spoke to Somalia Report on Sunday.

“Winds and storms greatly affected us.

We were forced to decrease our attacks these days. Six groups of my friends, using six speed boats, have been lost.

We haven’t heard from them in twenty days.

Three groups were from Garacad, Bargaal and Ceel Dhanaane while another three groups were from the Harardhere and Hobyo area,” said Mohamed Ahmed, a pirate in Bari region.

“I don’t know exactly how many pirates went to sea, but they were at least 53 pirates using six speed boats, carrying different weapons and our equipment to hijack vessels,” added the pirate.

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