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2008-07-26 03:00:23

By Laurie Edwards What started as a search for a possible drowning victim had a happy, if perplexing, ending early Sunday morning when a rescue mission was started, stopped and then completed while most lake residents were still asleep, said Capt. Al Busch of SML Marine Volunteer Fire/Rescue. Busch said Fire/Rescue responded to a call at 12:45 a.m. near Bridgewater Marina. The caller reported that a woman either fell or jumped from an anchored houseboat and was unable to swim back. The...

2008-07-25 12:00:48

By James Carlson By James Carlson THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL The state's health department tested water at the Lake Shawnee beach on Thursday as a second employee walked out amid the controversy over lifeguards being asked to retrieve human waste from the swimming area -- and not speak to the media about it. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment sent workers to the lake at S.E. 29th and Croco Road as a precaution, said spokesman Mike Heideman. The test results are expected today....

2008-07-25 03:00:29

By Pamela Hale-Burns They're a vital part of a day at the beach, but even lifeguards want to have fun. For almost 20 years, that fun has come in the form of the California Surf Lifesaving Association Southwest Regional Junior Lifeguard Championships. The junior lifeguard programs provide beach and water safety training for boys and girls. The regionals, which are being held this year in Seal Beach today and Saturday, officially began in 1980. The event includes lifeguards...

2008-07-22 09:00:40

Virginia Beach lifeguards have taken top honors in the South Atlantic Lifesaving Association's Regional Lifeguard Competition. The 22-person team took the top honor during a series of events held on Pleasure Island in North Carolina on July 16 and 17, the association said. Lifeguards from Nags Head Fire and Ocean Rescue also placed first in the B Division, or small agency division. Corolla Ocean Rescue placed second, three points behind Nags Head. The competition also included...

2008-07-22 09:00:40

FRESH FROM winning a regional lifeguard competition in North Carolina, Virginia Beach's lifeguards pulled 21 people from the water Saturday. Kitty Hawk lifeguards rescued nine swimmers. On Thursday, lifeguards in Duck and Southern Shores had 72 water rescues. No one died in the waters off Hampton Roads and the Outer Banks last weekend, thanks to the tough, relentless work of the lifeguards, some of whom had just returned from taking top honors in the South Atlantic Lifesaving Association's...

2008-07-21 15:00:49

By Ian Swanson; Gareth Rose ACAVER rescued from a mine shaft after being overcome by gas has died in hospital. Peter Ireson, 37, from Livingston, had been exploring the shaft at the Wisp in Newcraighall on Thursday evening when he lost consciousness and had to be brought out by a specialist rescue crew. He was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he was treated in the intensive care unit. But he died last night, three days after the accident. Mr Ireson, who worked as an...

2008-07-21 08:44:54

By JOHN WARREN By John Warren The Virginian-Pilot VIRGINIA BEACH Don't be fooled by the lack of precipitation, beachgoers. Tropical Storm Cristobal is not your friend. It's not what's in the sky that you have to look out for - it's underwater. Rip currents produced by the storm have led to an increase in the number of rescues by lifeguards in Virginia Beach and on the Outer Banks recently, lifeguards say . Though Sunday's numbers were not available, on Saturday, 21 people were...

2008-07-16 18:00:21

By Liz Doup, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 16--If you want a body that looks fit and fabulous, you don't have to look far for inspiration. Hit the beach -- it's the dead of summer, after all -- and check out the lifeguards. Tight tummies. Toned thighs. Strong shoulders. How do they do it? They run. They row. They lift weights. And though these folks watch the water all day long, they still love to swim. It helps that workout time is built into their jobs. They typically...

2008-07-16 09:00:44

By Alicia Rimel, The News Virginian, Waynesboro, Va. Jul. 16--The drowning deaths of two people in the Valley within a month should point to the need to take extra care when taking a dip to escape the summer heat, emergency officials say. "Water is a fun thing, but it can also be dangerous," said Hamp Hall, director of preparedness and response for the American Red Cross. "It is not a good idea to swim in unsupervised and undesignated areas. This does increase chances for things to...

2008-07-12 15:00:15

By Nate Kelly, Walton Sun, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Jul. 12--Whether it's a matter of more people on the beach or more rescue personnel patrolling the beach, this year is seeing twice as many water rescues as compared to last year's numbers. "The weather plays a big part of it," said Deputy Chief Sean Hughes of the South Walton Fire District. "The surf and wave action was particularly volatile during the spring; this moved the sandbar confi guration and created a lot of rip currents,"...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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