Sunday, October 28, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
A PRELIMINARY report into the capsizing of the anchor handling tug Bourbon Dolphin off Shetland last April says a combination of factors contributed to the tragedy. The Norwegian tug turned turtle during a routing operation, with the loss of eight lives, including the captain’s 14 year old son who was on work experience.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
A Calhoun County man’s body was found Wednesday morning in Lake Wimico after he was thrown from a boat the night before.Robert Brian McLeod, 32, of Kinard, and his brother-in-law, Neil Goodson, were in a 10-foot aluminum boat in the Moccasin Creek area, checking deer stands for the upcoming deer hunting season when they hit an unknown object in the water about 7 p.m. CDT, said Lt. Stan Kirkland with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
MIAMI (AP) -- Federal prosecutors charged two men Wednesday with murdering the captain and three crew members of a charter fishing boat they are accused of trying to hijack after hiring it for a quick trip to the Bahamas. Suspects Kirby Logan Archer, 35, and Guillermo Zarabozo, 19, were rescued from the ocean and are in custody. They could get the death penalty or life in prison if convicted. The charges were built largely on forensic evidence and inconsistencies in statements made by the suspects to investigators about what happened aboard the 47-foot "Joe Cool" fishing boat, said U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta. Prosecutors have no bodies, no murder weapon, no witnesses and no confession, but Acosta said there is still enough evidence to back up the charges. "We shouldn't shy away from a case simply because it isn't an easy one," Acosta said at a news conference. "These four individuals were doing what they loved. They were out on the seas, on a boat, and they were murdered in cold blood." Attorneys for Archer and Zarabozo did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment. A hearing is scheduled Thursday in federal court for both men.
Monday, October 08, 2007
MIAMI - About 20 people gathered early Saturday behind a waterfront Star Island mansion, set to pay tribute to relatives and friends lost at sea. For this water-bound memorial, there would be no ashes to spread. No one has seen the bodies of husband and wife Jake and Kelley Branam, Scott Gamble or Samuel Kairy since the Joe Cool charter boat was found without them. They are presumed dead in a strange nautical crime.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The captain and crew of the Joe Cool appear to have been fatally shot in the cabin of the doomed fishing vessel, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday, confirming for the first time that two men found in a life raft near the abandoned boat are homicide suspects. 'They are presently under investigation for murder,' Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Gilfarb said at a bond hearing for Kirby Archer and Guillermo Zarabozo in Miami federal court, where the two were ordered held without bail. Archer, 35, of Strawberry, Ark., and Zarabozo, 19, of Hialeah, were found Sept. 24 in the Joe Cool 's life raft about 30 miles north of Cuba and 160 miles south of Bimini, where they had paid $4,000 cash to go. The Miami Beach-based Joe Cool was found several miles from the life raft, empty and in disarray.