Nautical News: For the week of November 4. 2018

HOMELESS MAN FOUND ON BOAT STORED FOR THE WINTER

 

Up on Boston’s North Shore, a 61 year old homeless man was caught at the end of last winter living on a boat in storage at a Newburyport marina. Police believe the man made it through most of last winter, happily living on the boat. He was caught and arrested and spent 10 days in jail for his crime. Well, as boats were being hauled and covered for the winter this year, police said the same man again broke in to a recently covered boat at the marina last week and was caught, sleeping in the master stateroom. He was charged with trespassing and breaking and entering and brought before a judge who released him without bail and ordered him to stay away from the marina. The man told the judge that staying on boats during the winter made him happy. Boat owners are advised to constantly check their boats and not leave any adult beverages stored inside the boat’s lockers.

 

COUPLE FALLS OFF ROCKS FISHING AND DROWNS

 

A man and a woman in their fifties from Quincy were pulled into the surf and drowned while fishing on the rocks at a state park in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Witnesses said the 8 foot waves were crashing on shore and one of them knocked the woman down and pulled her into the water. Her husband jumped in the water to save her, but was quickly overcome by the waves. Another person called 911 and the Coast Guard and Jamestown Fire Department responded. The Coast Guard retrieved the couple and EMTs performed CPR as they transported the two to the hospital where doctors pronounced them dead.

 

SEA TURTLE DIES FROM EEATING PLASTIC

 

An endangered leatherback sea turtle found stranded on Cape Cod earlier this week and brought to the New England Aquarium for treatment could not be saved. Officials at the aquarium said the 420 pound turtle had eaten a large piece of plastic that caused internal injuries. The turtle also had a major, gaping wound that was clearly infected where its huge, right front flipper attached to its shell. Staff members said the wound was caused by a wrap of rope around the flipper. It wasn’t clear if the plastic or the rope doomed the animal.

 

COAST GUARD WARNS DUCK HUNTERS OF COLD WATER

 

With the duck hunting season just ahead in the winter, the Coast Guard is raising awareness about cold-water safety. Water temperatures below 70 degrees are considered dangerous, according to the Coast Guard. About 20 percent of those who fall into cold water die within the first minute due to cold-water shock. Muscle control begins to deteriorate within 10 minutes of exposure to cold water, making it hard to swim or stay afloat without having a life jacket on. Taking preventative measures, having the right gear, and appropriately reacting to a situation can save a person’s life.

 

LYSTERIA OUTBREAK IN EUROPE TRACED TO SALMON

 

A longstanding outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes affecting several European countries since 2015 was likely caused by ready to eat farmed salmon products, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. As of last month the outbreak has resulted in 12 cases, including four deaths, across Denmark, France, and Germany. Officials said it is likely that the extent of this outbreak has been underestimated.

 

NOAA’S RESEARCH SHIP RETURNS TO ITS HOME PORT

 

NOAA’s largest oceanographic research vessel, NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown, steamed into its Charleston, South Carolina, home port yesterday, after a 243-day voyage around the world to conduct scientific research of the ocean’s water quality and service buoys that are used for weather, climate, and ocean forecasting. The ship sailed nearly 44,289 miles, made port calls in South Africa, the Seychelles, India, Australia and Hawaii, and opened its decks to international partner scientists and school children. The 274 foot ship is a global-class oceanographic and atmospheric research platform operated by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, which includes civilians and NOAA Corps officers. As many as 60 officers, crew and scientists worked on the ship at the same time.

 

NEW YORK YACHT CLUB TO CHALLENGE FOR AMERICA’S CUP

 

The New York Yacht Club is the second 2021 America’s Cup challenger to launch a test boat. The New York Yacht Club announced it will challenge to win the America’s Cup and return it to Newport, Rhode Island. The name of its boat will be American Magic. Photos showed five crew on board, so it is estimated to be close to the maximum 12 meters of length allowed. Everyone on board was reported to be very excited about the new boat. Now they just have to learn how to sail it.


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