Archive for 07/09/2012

Wendy Victora – 

Jack Roberts never named his 16-foot Sportsman fishing boat, though friends warned him that would bring him bad luck.

Two days after it capsized in the Gulf of Mexico, the boat finally has an unofficial name – Sorry Boat.

“That boat’s been nothing but trouble since I’ve had it,” says the Fort Walton Beach man. Roberts, his two adult sons and a Chihuahua named BooBoo were rescued by another boat after the Sunday afternoon capsizing.

Still on board is $2,000 in fishing gear and one wallet with $800 in cash.

In order to save himself $2,400 in salvage fees, Roberts has posted an ad on Craiglist, offering to give the boat, the fishing gear and the cash in the wallet to whoever will bring it into shore.

The fishing gear was strapped down and the wallet was in a closed cubby.

The boat capsized near the old Destin Bridge rubble reef, about two miles offshore.

“The Coast Guard said if the boat doesn’t come out of the water, they’re going to charge me with a crime,” he said.

“And somebody can sue me if they hit the boat.”

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This Is Cornwall –

Divers have been working in difficult conditions surveying the life in Loe Pool, between Helston and Porthleven.

The aim is to discover what is growing in the freshwater lake, now recovering from decades of pollution: but the dive has not been easy.

Natural England and the National Trust are behind the project, assisted by personnel from Kennack Diving, including Des Glover.

Emerging from the lake’s centre, the deepest part, he said: “It’s so dark down there: darker than diving in the sea at midnight.

The lake bottom’s like a moonscape, but there’s probably more chance of seeing life on the moon.”

Fellow team member Rebecca Morton-Clark said: “It was an extremely challenging environment to dive in, so different from the sea.

“In many places the lake ‘floor’ was so loose and unstable, like bottomless blancmange, and so we couldn’t hang around in any one place for too long, but then in shallower water here and there we’d spot tiny specks of green plants between the stones.

“It was just like hunting for treasure.”

Jan Dinsdale, who has been surveying the lake from the more secure base of a boat for ten years, said: “This dive survey is the first opportunity we’ve had to accurately map which areas of the lake still support plant life.

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Times of Malta – 

Five diver deaths in recent months were the result of “unfortunate, unrelated accidents”, the Professional Diving Schools Association suspects.

On June 13, a 61-year-old German man became the fifth diver to die in Maltese waters since April, after he suffered a suspected heart attack off Xwejni in Gozo.

The other divers who died this year were also foreigners, three of them over 60. Although the causes of death in the five instances have not been made public, at least three were attributed to cardiac problems at the time.

The association feels this does not indicate a need for more stringent medical checks.

“Four of the five unfortunate divers who died had a medical (certificate) issued by a doctor, not just a self-assessment that is the industry norm in Europe and worldwide,” association chairman Simon Sciberras said.

Under regulations passed in 2010, those frequenting Maltese dive centres must complete a medical questionnaire endorsed by the World Recreational Scuba Training Council before diving.

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Indra Harsaputra – 

The Indonesian Navy says it has formed a team to investigate the deaths of two sailors during an exercise on the submarine KRI Cakra on Saturday.

“We are still waiting for the result of the investigation to find out the cause of the accident,” Commodore Darwanto, the chief of staff of the Navy’s Eastern Fleet Command, said, after the funeral of one of the sailors, Lt. Col. Eko Idang Prabowo, at Juanda Navy Cemetery in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Sunday. Idang and Col. Jeffrey S Stanley died during an exercise while the submarine was at sea off the coast of Pasir Putih near Situbondo, East Java.

It was the first at-sea exercise held by the Eastern Fleet in escape, search and rescue techniques for submarine crews in emergency situations.

Eastern Fleet commander Rear Adm. Agung Pramono visited the sailors prior to the exercise.

The entire crew of the KRI Cakra, including Idang and Jeffry, had completed confined-space evacuation exercises at the Eastern Fleet’s Underwater Rescue Agency.

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Jakarta Globe –

More than 85 percent of reefs in Asia’s “Coral Triangle” are directly threatened by human activities such as coastal development, pollution, and overfishing, a new report warned on Monday. 

Launched at the International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns, it said the threat was substantially more than the global average of 60 percent and urged greater efforts to reduce destructive fishing and run-off from land. 

“When these threats are combined with recent coral bleaching, prompted by rising ocean temperatures, the percent of reefs rated as threatened increases to more than 90 percent,” the report said. 

The Coral Triangle covers Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, The Solomon Islands, and East Timor and contains nearly 30 percent of the world’s reefs and more than 3,000 species of fish. More than 130 million people living in the region rely on reef ecosystems for food, employment, and revenue from tourism, according to “Reefs at Risk Revisited in the Coral Triangle.” 

“Across the Coral Triangle region, coastal communities depend on coral reefs for food, livelihoods, and protection from waves during storms, but the threats to reefs in this region are incredibly high,” said lead author Lauretta Burke.

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