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  • March 28, 2012

    Two Friends Lost at Sea For 30 Hours, Only 1 Survives-2

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    A cheerless story comes to us today, of a fight to stay alive in the Gulf of Mexico for two Texas fishermen.  For more than 30 hours, best friends Ken Henderson and Ed Coen treaded water after their boat sank at noon last Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

    Coen, who was a slender man, began shivering almost immediately after the accident in the cold springtime ocean. Both men were wearing their life jackets, which they strapped together to avoid drifting apart. After failing to swim to a gas well nearby, they kept their morale up as best as they could, hoping for rescue.

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  • September 27, 2011

    Champion Bodyboarder Killed in Shark Attack-1

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    On the small French island of Reunion, off the east coast of Africa and just the other side of Madagascar, a top surfer has been killed after a quick and brutal shark attack last week. Mathieu Schiller, 32, was dragged off his board on Boucan Canot Beach by a man-eating tiger shark. He was killed in less than 30 seconds.

    Schiller was a European team bodyboarding champion in 1995, and was part of a large group of surfers in the area that day. Fellow surfers tried to recover Schiller's body, but police later said that it had been carried away by the current. "There were around 20 people in shallow water and about five surfers out deeper when it happened," a witness told a local news agency.

    "We saw the shark's nose emerge and then the man just vanished. It was very sudden, then the animal just swam off. "Some of those nearby tried to reach him but his body was dragged away by the current."

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  • December 1, 2010

    Shark Turns Up in Yuma, Arizona-4

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    Apparently there’s not a lot to do in Yuma, Arizona.

    That’s the only explanation I can come up with for why someone would throw odd fish, including a dead shark, into one of the city’s canals - aside from stupidity of course.

    The first bout of fish dumping began back in September when authorities discovered some adult peacock bass in the Welton-Mohawk canal system near Yuma.  As peacock bass aren’t native to Arizona, someone had to have put them there. Why, isn’t known. What is known is that if left in the canals peacock bass would eventually cause all sort of problems. As Officer Richard Myers of Arizona Game and Fish explained, the fish could "… have detrimental biological consequences to our aquatic ecosystem by introduction of a non-native fish species as well as bring unknown diseases and parasites in our waterways."

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  • October 23, 2010

    California Shark Attack-1

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    From The Examiner:

    A UC Santa Barbara student was killed Friday by a large shark off Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base. Lucas Ranson, 19, was bodyboarding Friday morning when a large shark took him under by his leg. His friends and other surfers helped him to shore but he bled to death before emergency medical help could arrive.

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  • September 20, 2010

    Leaky Well is Dead, Obama and Hayward Make Promises-5

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    Government officials announced on Sunday that B.P.'s Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is dead and no more oil is leaking into the ocean. The announcement came five months after the well exploded and about 205 million gallons of oil spilled into one of the best fishing regions in the United States.

    "Today, we achieved an important milestone in our response to the BP oil spill – the final termination of the damaged well that sat deep under the Gulf of Mexico," President Barack Obama said in a statement over the weekend. "However, while we have seen a diminished need for our massive response that encompassed more than 40,000 people, 7,000 vessels and the coordination of dozens of federal, state and local agencies and other partners, we also remain committed to doing everything possible to make sure the Gulf Coast recovers fully from this disaster."

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  • September 8, 2010

    Maneater caught in Bahamas-11

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    I can’t imagine having a fish puke a human body part on me but that’s exactly what happened to Humphrey Simmons this past weekend.  Simmons and some friends were fishing in deep water roughly 38 miles from Nassau when Simmons hooked into the large shark. As Simmons wasn’t targeting sharks and didn’t particularly want to deal with one he asked his friend Stanley Bernard to get the boat’s shotgun. Bernard did and quickly put several rounds into the fish’s head when it surfaced. 

    The men then tied a rope around the shark’s tail and pulled it to the boat.  Simmons explained, “We were going to cut the hook out of his mouth and let him go when he regurgitated a human foot — intact from the knee down.”

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  • September 2, 2010

    Another Oil Rig Explosion in the Gulf-6

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    UPDATE: A mile-long sheen is now visible near the site of the oil rig explosion. The sheen is about 100 feet wide, but it is unknown how much oil has been leaked.

    The Associated Press reports that another offshore oil platform has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday. The rig is about 100 miles off the coast of Louisiana and it's west of the Deepwater Horizon site.

    Thirteen people were on the rig when it exploded, but no one was killed in the blast. One person was injured, but the extent of the injury is not known.

    Officials also do not yet know what caused the explosion or if any oil is is leaking into the Gulf. The platform is located in 340 feet of water and is owned by Mariner Energy of Houston. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the platform was not producing oil and gas at the time of the explosion.

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  • July 9, 2010

    The Gulf Report: Grand Isle, LA-4

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    Written by Steve Harrigan, FOX News Channel correspondent who has been reporting live from Grand Isle, Louisiana on the BP Gulf Oil Spill:
    There was a two-foot high wall of sand about fifty feet from the water in Grand Isle, Louisiana when I arrived in early June. The beach is open, officials said, but the water is closed. An open beach without water in 90 degree heat. As the weeks went by the beach itself began to look less like a beach and more like an industrial park. Tents were set up and portable toilets were put out on the sand every 400 yards. You could tell everything was being done by a book of rules somewhere, however out of touch that book might be with facts on the ground. The port-a-potties outnumbered the cleanup workers, but there must be some rule about how many or how close they need to be to the workers.

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  • March 5, 2010

    The Cowboy Code-22

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    On Wednesday, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal signed legislation adopting an official Wyoming state code based on the tenets known in the West as “Cowboy Ethics.”

    Although the historic Code of the West was unwritten, cowboys, trappers, hunters and others in the U.S. frontier knew it was about maintaining honesty, integrity and courage in a wide-open region where the affects of government barely reached and laws were not always enforced.

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  • November 10, 2009

    Rooting Out Poachers-9

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    Investigators in Ohio believe rising unemployment and a tough economy is driving some ginseng diggers in the state to illegally harvest the root on private land and out of season. 

    For the past month, State Wildlife Officers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife have been contacting many Ohio ginseng dealers and diggers as part of an ongoing investigation.

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