Coast Guard rescues 2 teens from Currituck Sound 11/24/2013 - CURRITUCK, NC
The Coast Guard rescued two teens Sunday morning after their Jon boat started taking on water in the Currituck Sound. Currituck County 911 dispatchers called the Coast Guard around 8 a.m. to request a helicopter for a rescue after the teenage boys' 16-foot Jon boat became disabled and began taking on water in the Currituck Sound near navigation marker 99, according to a news release from the Coast Guard. Boat crews from the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Center and Currituck County responded to the area but could not approach the teens safely enough to rescue them. A helicopter from Coast Guard station Elizabeth City responded to the area around 9 a.m. to find the teens had abandoned the boat and climbed the navigational marker. The helicopter crew lowered a swimmer, who helped hoist the boys on to the aircraft, which took the teens to Albemarle Hospital to be evaluated by medics. There is no word on their condition.Read full story here.
New River drowning 11/26/2013 - MEADOW CREEK, WV
A man is dead after a Monday afternoon drowning in the New River in Summers County. State Police said a man and his two teenaged stepsons, ages 15 and 16, were trying to cross the river near Meadow Creek when they fell out of their canoe. Troopers said the teenagers got to the bank but the father did not. Troopers said he drowned trying to swim after the canoe.
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Strong Winds Capsize Boat on Lake Carnegie, No One Injured 11/25/2013 – Princeton, NJ
A Police officer responding to the accident was involved in a crash that sent two people to the hospital. Strong winds capsized a boat carrying two men on Lake Carnegie on Sunday afternoon, but no one was hurt. It was shortly after noon when Princeton Police and Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad responded to Princeton-Kingston Road near Shadybrook Lane after receiving a report that a boat had overturned. The boat passengers, two men from Princeton in their early 40's, had already swum to shore by the time officers arrived. Neither was injured and both refused treatment at the scene. A Princeton Police officer responding to the scene was traveling east on Princeton Kingston Road near Dodds Lane with lights and sirens on, when the car in front of the officer turned and the cruiser struck the vehicle. Two passengers in the non-police vehicle – a 28-year old female from Princeton and a 13-year-old male from Princeton were transported to a local hospital for a complaint of pain. The officer was treated and released at the scene. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Read full story here.
Officials still searching for people after capsized boat and marijuana found near Jupiter Island 11/22/2013 – Jupiter Island, FL
Four men attempted to come ashore today near Jupiter Island and so far, only two have been confirmed to have made it, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office ashore today near Jupiter Island and so far, only two have been confirmed to have made it, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. The men are believed to be Jamaican and traveled from the Bahamas this morning. While on a 21-foot center console, the group was overcome by rough waters and the boat capsized, said Christine Weiss, Martin County Sheriff’s spokeswoman. Clothing, containers of gas and 14 bales of marijuana were found near the capsized boat. The street value of the marijuana was estimated to be around $1.6 million. One of the men made it to shore and is currently in police custody. A passerby helped revive a man who was nearly drowned after the boat capsized near 25 North Beach Road in Jupiter Island. That man was taken to a local hospital by Martin County Fire Rescue crews. The men in custody were identified as Quinton Mitchell, 31, and Leroy Edwards, 57. Mitchell was booked into the Martin County Jail on charge of trafficking cannabis. Edwards was hospitalized at Martin Memorial South. He will be charged once he is released from the hospital, Weiss said. Late Friday afternoon, authorities including the Coast Guard were searching for two more men. One is believed to have drowned and the other is likely alive, but just roamed off, Weiss said. Read full story here.
Man's body recovered after canoes capsize on Lake Wallenpaupack 11/19/2013 - SCRANTON, PA
A 24-year-old man drowned in Lake Wallenpaupack after two canoes carrying seven people capsized, the state Fish and Boat Commission said. Rescuers found the body of Ben Culton of Harleysville in Montgomery County at about 1 p.m. Sunday, according to commission spokesman Eric Levis. Culton was part of a group that launched from Seeley's Landing on the Pike County side of the lake before midnight Friday. At some point, both canoes flipped, spilling their occupants into the lake. Levis said when only six people returned to shore, emergency responders came to search for the missing man, an effort that included the Tafton Fire Co. dive team. Emergency responders called the first search off when they ran out of daylight Saturday. They launched a second effort Sunday morning, Levis said. Two of the canoeists were taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale to be treated for hypothermia, he said. Levis said a Fish and Boat Commission officer is investigating and will speak with the survivors.
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