Archive for 08/16/2012

Steven Fletcher – 

A fun dive by a group of vacationers ended in the death of young man Monday.

Tyler Greathouse, 28, of Rowley, N.C., died while scuba diving with four family members near Popplestone Ledge, off Rafe’s Chasm.

The family members made a radio call about a diver in distress at 11:10 p.m. and a Coast Guard Station Gloucester crew, less than a half mile away, heard it.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Jeff Quinn and a crew from Station Gloucester picked up a garbled radio call at 11:10 p.m. during search and rescue training off the breakwater.

Quinn said they heard “Popplestone Ledge,” and something that sounded like “diver down,” and raced across the harbor.

It was a weak signal, he said, and came from a handheld radio.

Popplestone Ledge sits near Norman’s Woe, across the harbor from the Dog Bar breakwater.

People dive for recreation, and for lobsters in the reef around there, said Gloucester police Detective Steve Mizzoni.

Greathouse came up to Gloucester for a vacation and was diving for fun with family members.

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RT – 

An arch-conservative US website claimed that a Russian nuclear sub has been patrolling the Gulf of Mexico undetected for more than a month.

The website laid the alleged blunder by the US Navy at the feet of President Barack Obama.

The Washington Free Beacon website claimed that a Russian Akula-class nuclear sub, loaded with cruise missiles, has been patrolling near the US strategic nuclear submarine base at Kings Bay, Georgia, the home base for eight of America’s nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.

Armed with various types of torpedoes, including those with nuclear warheads, anti-submarine-warfare missiles and long-range (3,000 kilometers) nuclear cruise missiles, Akula-class subs are capable of destroying both nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers.

The Republican-supporting website cited unidentified American officials in alleging that the Russian sub went undetected because President Obama, a Democrat, is preparing to cut the US military budget by $487 billion in the next decade.

America’s antisubmarine defense systems were included on Obama’s list of proposed spending cuts.

The report alleges that powerful US hydro-acoustic sensors deployed in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, supported by powerful military satellites, were unable to detect a sub Russia has deployed for the past two decades.

“It’s a confounding situation arising from a lack of leadership in our dealings with Moscow,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told the Free Beacon.

“While the president is touting our supposed ‘reset’ in relations with Russia, Vladimir Putin is actively working against American interests, whether it’s in Syria or here in our own backyard.”

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