Nautical News: For the week of April 14, 2013

KAYAKER RESCUED OFF BOSTON HARBOR ISLAND IN HULL

A 44 year old kayaker from Quincy was rescued off Bumkin Island in Hull after he called his sister by phone and told her his kayak capsized and that he was in the water and didn’t think he would survive. His sister notified the Coast Guard who in turn notified the Hull and Hingham Harbormasters. Boats from Hull, Hingham, Quincy, the Coast Guard, and state police searched and found the man off Bumkin Island in 10 feet of water with 2 – 3 foot waves. Water temperature was reported to be in the mid 40s. The man was in the water for up to 45 minutes and suffering from hypothermia. His body temperature was down to 85 degrees. Officials said he was wearing his lifejacket and that saved his life. The Hull fire department transported him to the hospital where at last report he was treated and released. The Hull harbormaster reported he recovered the man’s kayak and paddle later that afternoon.


BODY WASHED UP ON MATTAPOISETT BEACH

Police are releasing few details about a body that was found washed ashore Saturday afternoon on a beach in Mattapoisett, not too far from New Bedford. It appears that the body washed up onto the rocks and had been in the water for several weeks. Police did not give a gender or age of victim or any other information at this time, but questions remain if this unidentified body came from a boating or fishing accident.


MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR MEETS MARSHFIELD FISHERMEN

Senator Elizabeth Warren came to Marshfield last week and met with local commercial fishermen. She told the group that she was interested in learning how she could make Washington less harmful to the fishermen. She then told the fishermen that she hoped to learn about the fishery management issues, but was worried about the future. The fishermen appreciated her appearance, but are waiting with baited breath for results.


FARM RAISED SOCKEYE SALMON ON STORE SHELVES

For the first time ever, farm raised sockeye salmon is on supermarket shelves. A west coast Canadian company is farming the fish in closed containment pens to become the first company in the world to breed sockeye in a land based closed containment system. It took them 15 years to do it. Until now, fish farmers have only successfully raised Atlantic salmon. However, wild Alaska salmon is ethically and environmentally, the correct choice over farmed salmon.


SCUBA DIVER GOES MISSING IN FLORIDA

This seems to happen every spring break. A scuba diver went missing during a diving trip with his friends off Key Biscayne, Florida. The Coast Guard searched more than 2,600 square nautical miles for 39-year-old Jeffery Vincent before suspending their search. Officials said the group went on a diving excursion just a few miles off Key Biscayne when the missing man jumped into the water and missed the lifeline rope. Strong currents quickly pulled him away out of sight of the captain and his friends on the boat. They said, “it just happened so fast.”


OWNERS OF CRUISESHIP COSTA CONCORDIA GO ON TRIAL

The trial is on for the owners of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia. So far judges have fined the company 1.3-million dollars for the sinking which killed 32 people. The owners had asked for a plea bargain deal to respond to the administrative sanctions, which under Italian law are for companies whose employees commit crimes, and the judge accepted the plea agreement. Officials of the Miami based Carnival Cruise Lines had sought to blame the disaster entirely on the Cost Concordia’s Captain, but prosecutors are seeking manslaughter indictments on the captain and four other crewmembers who were at the helm. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.


PREHISTORIC FISH FOSSIL FOUND

An unusual prehistoric fossil of a fish with fins near its butt has helped to solve the mystery over why most animals, including humans, have paired limbs. It was found in Quebec, Canada. The fish, known as Euphanerops, is possibly the first creature on the planet to have evolved with paired appendages, which in this case were fins. This allowed animals to emerge from water and walk on land. The 370-million-year-old species is described in the latest issue of Biology Letters.


LIFE FOUND IN UNDERWATER VOLCANOES

And last on today’s nautical news, researchers in the Netherlands have found that a microbe from deep beneath the ocean can breathe a major ingredient that exists in rocket fuel. The discovery suggests that early life on Earth may have used many different kinds of chemicals besides oxygen to survive and thrive. Some of the harshest conditions on Earth lie inside hydrothermal vents. These vents are hot spots generated by volcanic activity on the ocean floor. In addition to being unbearably warm, under enormous pressure, and little oxygen, creatures live in these vents. It’s life, but not as we know it.


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