Rescuers in the Philippines may bore a hole in a ferry capsized by a deady typhoon in a desperate attempt to find survivors among more than 800 missing passengers and crew, an official said Monday.
A group of 28 ferry passengers and crew washed ashore after drifting at sea for more than a day from the site where their ship was capsized and left most of the hundreds aboard missing and presumed dead, officials said.
Manila’s DZBB radio said the survivors, 20 male passengers, four women and four crewmen, drifted at sea for more than 24 hours wearing their lifejackets, reaching Mulanay township in eastern Quezon province late Sunday.
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An Australian swimmer who was mauled by a 16-foot shark and survived said Sunday he saw a shadow in the water seconds before the attack and thought it was a dolphin.
The shark, believed to be a great white, seized Jason Cull by the left leg as he was swimming at Middleton Beach in southwestern Australia on Saturday.
Cull, 37, survived after grappling with the beast and after a lifeguard at the beach came to his aid.
The shark was one of three that swimmers reported seeing at the beach Saturday. Officials closed the beach after the attack.
From his hospital bed where he was treated for deep lacerations, Cull told reporters he saw a shadow moving in the water just before the attack and mistook it for a dolphin.
Swimmers were again cleared from a New Smyrna Beach Monday after a third swimmer in three days was bitten by a shark and treated at a hospital.
The latest victim was the ninth recorded shark bite of the year in Volusia County, putting the number of bites ahead of the record breaking “Year Of The Shark” in 2001, according to beach records.
The victim received stitches at a Central Florida hospital.
Several shark sightings in the water prompted lifeguards to clear the water Monday, Local 6 reported.
Meanwhile, over the weekend two different swimmers were treated at hospitals after being bitten by sharks.
A 24-year-old man stepped off of his surfboard in chest-deep water near a jetty in New Smyrna Beach Sunday and was bitten on his right calf.
He was taken to Bert Fish Medical Center and treated.
On Saturday, a 21-year-old man was treated at a hospital after a shark bit his foot while he was surfing in the same area Saturday.
A Pasco County man escaped serious injury Sunday when he was ejected from a speedboat traveling upward of 90 mph.
James K. Helmintoller, of Land O’Lakes, was driving his 353 Fastech speedboat down the Anclote River Channel when it hit a wake, ejecting the 43-year-old into the water and sending the unmanned vessel out of the river channel and into the open waters of the Anclote Anchorage bay, according to investigators with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit.
A North Sea fisherman has netted a gruesome catch: a piece of skull belonging to his missing friend.
Barry Hunter picked the skull fragment out of his net in December while trawling near the mouth of the River Tyne, about 280 miles (450 kilometers) north of London, Northumbria police said in a statement.
As the pilot prepared to scramble up on deck, the first violent wave slammed into the submarine, pushing the heavy outer hatch down on top of him. The ocean’s force made him bite through his upper lip and sunk him in seawater inside the bathtub-like inner hatch. He pushed the heavy lid back open and looked topside.
Immediately a second wave hit, this time from the bow and then down the length of the submarine.
The three American sailors who had been on the deck seconds before to help guide him off the ship were now gone — shoved into the frigid, 53-degree water.
The crew of a shrimping boat had to be rescued after a shark took out the ship’s propeller and caused the boat to take on water.Captain Roger Schmall said a group of sharks had been slamming into the Christy Nichole’s hull for four days, The News-Press of Fort Myers reported. But then a 14-foot bull shark broke the boat’s tail shaft, leaving Schmall and his crew of two adrift about 100 miles off the coast.
An Australian diver has escaped from the jaws of a Great White shark which had grabbed him by the head. Eric Nerhus, 41, was diving off Cape Howe on Australia’s south-east coast when he was attacked.
The submarine Newport News was submerged and leaving the Persian Gulf when a mammoth Japanese oil tanker passed overhead at a high speed, creating a sucking effect that made the sub rise and hit the ship, the Navy said Tuesday. That is the preliminary finding of Monday’s collision between the Norfolk-based submarine and the Mogamigawa, a 1,100-foot-long merchant ship displacing 300,000 tons.
A U.S. nuclear-powered submarine collided with a Japanese oil tanker in the Straits of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of the world’s oil supplies travel, officials said. No one was hurt in the accident that happened Monday night in the 34-mile-wide straits, which are bordered by Iran and Oman and serve as the entrance to the Persian Gulf.