Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
No Hard Feelings after Whale Hits Boat - Ocean Sailors beware of gentle giants! - Ocean Survival - Books by Callahan and Robertson
AUSTRALIA: January 11, 2007
|SYDNEY - A sailor whose yacht was destroyed by a humpback whale off New Zealand said he had got a good "vibe" from the giant mammal and thought it was trying to say sorry, local media said on Wednesday.|
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Monday, February 19, 2007
Coast Guard investigators recalled the crew of the Valour to testify one last time before the investigators submit their findings to Coast Guard District Seven Command in Miami and Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington for review. Facts collected at this final hearing will be developed into a conclusion to be presented in the Coast Guard's final investigative report.
Investigators focused their questioning for the six crewmen in three major areas: training, survival equipment and the procedures regarding ballast tanks. The Coast Guard called this hearing to clarify certain issues in each of these areas.
It was also released in the public hearing that the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center in Washington and engineers with Over Seas Shipholding Group, Inc., the owners of the tug Valour, believe that Valour couldn't have sank with out water being present in the engine room.
The mood throughout the hearing was very emotional as the crewmen recalled the chaotic events that unfolded that January night. The widows of Richard H. Smoot, 50, of Southpoint, Ohio, and Ronald L. Emory, 56, of Milford, Del., were in the hearing and wept as the crewmen testified about the deaths of their husbands.
The Coast Guard's investigation is intended to determine the causes of the accident and obtain information that may prevent or reduce the occurrence of similar incidents.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Man injured at Kowaliga Two fishing boats involved in accident
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Judge David Reader sentenced Grant William Czuj to a minimum of eight years, three months and a maximum of 15 years in prison for operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol causing the death of Michael John LaFave, of Brighton Town-ship, and causing a crippling injury to Sarah Ribas of Howell. See this also.
This Judge wanted the defendant to take responsibility for his actions. He did not accept that Czuj was in any way a victim but was in the wrong. His sentence reflects this.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
An Oregon State Police spokesman said the same man was arrested in December for boating under the influence of intoxicants.
Kirk Opheim, of Burlington, Wash., was arrested Dec. 23 after a tipster told police he was drinking and piloting the Starrigavan.