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2008-08-18 00:00:21

LIFEGUARDS on a routine patrol at a beach had to abandon their 4x4 rescue vehicle after it became stuck in the sand. Despite their efforts on Coney Beach, Porthcawl, on Friday afternoon, the vehicle had to be abandoned as the tide came in. A spokesman for Bridgend council said it would be recovered when the tide turns. (c) 2008 South Wales Echo. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-13 15:00:29

A LIFEBOAT crew came to the rescue when a fishing boat was stranded in the sea. Tynemouth RNLI station's all-weather lifeboat attended at 3.40pm yesterday after the skipper of North Shields-based fishing boat Trudie May rang 999. His salmon nets had become entangled in the vessel's propeller, stranding the boat and her three crew just outside the Tyne piers. The RNLI boat reached the stricken 24-tonne fishing vessel within minutes and towed it to North Shields Fish Quay. Adrian...

2008-08-06 18:00:16

A FAMILY today thanked people who helped rescue their son when he was trapped on a beach as the tide came in. Andrew Booth, 15, who has Asperger's syndrome, got his leg trapped in mud as his mother, father, brother and sister went fossil hunting on Charmouth Beach in Dorset. His mother, Janet, said up to five members of the public frantically scrabbled the sand and mud away from her distressed son for 15 minutes as the water continued to rise. Eventually his leg was freed just as a...

2008-08-06 18:00:16

By Dave Black LIFEBOAT call-outs on the North East coast in the past three months are up almost 20% on the same time last year. Crews covering the area from Berwick to Skegness have been called out 328 times since the beginning of May, compared with 279 in the same period in 2007, according to RNLI figures. The statistics confirm local evidence pointing to an unusually busy start to the summer season for the region's maritime rescue services, which have dealt with a spate of incidents...

2008-08-05 09:01:02

Rescuers fail to find trapped miners four days after colliery cave-in SHENMU, Shaanxi Province, Aug.4 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers have failed to reach nine trapped miners four days after a massive cave-in at a colliery in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, an official with the local government said here on Monday. Fan Linhu, the Shenmu government office vice director, the county where the Zhaojialiang colliery is located, said rescuers had broke through to the suspected cave-in area but...

2008-08-01 03:00:17

By Matthew Spolar, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 1--HARRISBURG -- The drowning of a teenager living in Warminster has revived debate over a decision earlier this year to eliminate lifeguards at virtually all state park beaches. Eric Williams, 17, was swimming in Fuller Lake at a Cumberland County state park with a group of youths when he suddenly disappeared as they were getting out of the water around 4 p.m. Tuesday. The teens were from the Valley Youth House, an Allentown-based...

2008-07-30 12:00:36

There's nothing like a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean on a sweltering summer's day. Yet the sea can be treacherous, as it was this past weekend. The surf was up, and so were warning flags atop lifeguard huts. Black flags prohibit any entry into the water; red signify dangerous currents and undertows. Unfortunately, both colors were largely ignored. The upshot: 15 drownings and near-drownings. Five swimmers lost their lives - in Haifa, Atlit, Netanya and Tel Aviv. Many of the...

2008-07-28 06:00:45

By Kecia Bal, Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. Jul. 28--TRENT -- As a young girl, Dixie Kelly of Rockwood would head out to the beach area at Laurel Hill State Park with her mother and sister. On Friday, she decided to take her four grandchildren there with beach balls and blankets, now that the area has been updated with new facilities. Right away, she noticed a sign warning that no lifeguards are on duty. "As long as you have parents watching, it should be OK," she said....

2008-07-28 06:00:45

By Sophia Chang, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 28--Long Beach city officials are meeting today to work on improving swimmer safety following a spate of riptide-related drownings, they said yesterday. City manager Charles Theofan said the focus will be on educating swimmers on rip currents. "We want to have a handout for everyone who is buying a pass on the Long Island Rail Road to go to the beach, where we try to give them that little extra bit of information on swimming after hours,"...

2008-07-26 15:00:26

By Maria Armental Paul Davis; Lisa Vernon-Sparks Heavy surf brings several days of dangerous currents, and two popular beaches closed yesterday because of potential water contamination. NARRAGANSETT -- From Westerly to Narragansett, strong swells and rip currents, leftovers from Hurricane Bertha and Tropical Storm Cristobal, continued to wreak havoc yesterday at area beaches. Turbulent weather also prompted state health officials to close several popular beaches -- including...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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