Archive for 01/16/2012

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CBS Local – 

A man fishing from his kayak a half-mile from Point of Rocks off Sarasota was shocked when a dog that was involved in a deadly DUI crash swam up to his boat terrified.

Once pulled to safety, Barney shrunk into a corner of the small craft, shaking and traumatized over the event.

He sustained minor injuries, including one to his paw and several cuts.

The man brought Barney to a local vet, who used a tracking chip implanted in him to discover his owner was Donna L. Chen, who was struck by a Nissan Altima and died moments before.

Florida Highway Patrol said Blake Talman, 22, was fleeing from an earlier crash in his Nissan Altima northbound on SR-758 when he struck Chen and Barney.

The two were jogging north on SR-758 when Talman allegedly failed to navigate a left curve causing him to leave the roadway and strike a metal pole before hitting Chen and a street sign. Chen was knocked from the sidewalk into the center of the road, reports indicate. Barney took off, though there is no mention of him in the report.

Talman struck several yellow wooden poles at the entrance to the St. Michael’s Archangel Catholic Church then collided with the front right corner of a Ford Escort, veered left and hit another telephone pole.

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The water level at China’s largest freshwater lake has dropped to a 60-year low, state-run media reported last week.

The decline is damaging local ecology, and affecting the water supply to more than 120-thousand people.

Currently, the size of Poyang Lake in eastern Jiangxi province is less than half its average, at just 73 square miles.

The water level is at 26 feet—the lowest in six decades. State-run Xinhua News Agency says the decline is a result of falling water levels in rivers feeding into the lake, due to prolonged drought.

Hydrogeologist professor Fan Xiao says the Three Gorges Dam has worsened seasonal drought in the area.

The massive dam along China’s longest Yangtze River is one of the Chinese regime’s most prized infrastructures. [Professor Fan Xiao, Hydrogeologist]: “Right now the water flow in the Yangtze River is less.

The Three Gorges Dam cuts off more than half the flow, and this has resulted in a severe drop in water levels in the Poyang Lake, as well as the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

This is why seasonal drought has happened along the Yangtze River ever since the Three Gorges Dam began to store water.” Local experts say construction projects along Poyang Lake have also contributed to its decline.

Parts of the lake have been filled to create room for some projects, although local authorities say that practice is illegal.

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Ellen Irvine –

A maritime expert says leaving the Rena’s stern under water could make it a hazard for curious divers.

There have been calls for the stern to be left where it eventually comes to rest as a diving spot after it began slipping from Astrolabe Reef yesterday and started to sink.

Marine consultant John Riding, a maritime adviser to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and a former UK Maritime and Coastguard employee, favours removing the sunken stern from the ocean.

“The last thing we want them to do is leave it there.

That is an option, but I don’t think that’s the practical option given where it is.

“You could say it’s not a hazard to navigation but the wreck needs to be removed. “Astrolabe Reef is a dive attraction.

With the stern of the Rena lying on the Astrolabe Reef it will become an even bigger dive attraction – it will kill people.”

Mr Riding said the bottom of the reef was beyond the limits of recreational divers.

Several divers have died exploring the wreckage of the MS Mikhail Lermontov, which sank in the Marlborough Sounds in 1986.

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RT – 

Rescuers have found two more bodies onboard the stricken Costa Concordia, bringing the death toll to five, while 17 more people remain missing.

Earlier, a helicopter airlifted a survivor from the capsized hulk of the ship.

The Italian Coastguard says the divers involved in the rescue operation have discovered the bodies of two elderly people in the submerged restaurant of the luxury cruise ship.

An Italian crew member was rescued more than 36 hours after the accident.

He has a serious leg injury. During the night rescuers discovered a South Korean honeymoon couple who had been trapped inside the ship for more than 24 hours.

The rescue operation is still under way, but the authorities have reduced the number of missing people from 40 to 17.

Earlier on Sunday the Russian Embassy in Italy announced that it had established contact with all 111 Russian tourists and crew members who were onboard the Costa Concordia at the time of the accident.

“Two missing citizens have been found.

They are alright. They are at a hotel in the town of Savona near Genoa,” the embassy spokesman said.

The authorities have arrested the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, on charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship while passengers were still onboard.

Witnesses say they saw him in one of the lifeboats covered by a blanket well before all the passengers had been evacuated from the stricken ship.

But he insists he was the last to leave the ship.

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gCaptain –

An explosion tore through a South Korean tanker on Sunday morning killing five crew members and leaving 6 others missing.

The unexplained explosion occurred off the coast of Incheon located on the western shore of South Korea after the vessel unloaded a cargo of oil products. Five people aboard the ship were rescued.

Photos of the tanker, the 4191-ton Doola No. 3, show that the vessel was nearly torn in half by the explosion and was left partially submerged.

The explosion took place about three miles north of Jawol Island near Incheon at around 8:05 a.m. local time, the Coast Guard said.

The Doola No. 3, which usually carries refined petroleum products and chemicals, was carrying 80 tons of Bunker-C oil and 40 tons of diesel oil for fuel when it exploded, according to a coast guard statement.

“The vessel usually transports diesel, but this time it carried gasoline.

We are now examining whether it had any relation to the explosion,” an official from Doola Shipping, the owner of the vessel, said in a statement that was obtained by Yonhap news agency.

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