Tag: Rescues

Boat Stuck at Niagara Falls Moves for First Time Since 1918

For generations of visitors to Niagara Falls, the sight of a century-old shipwreck in the rapids was almost as mystifying as the waterfalls themselves. Many parents have taken their children to the rapids and told them about how in 1918, a team of volunteers saved two sailors after their boat had lurched dangerously close to […]

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Japan Fights Floods in Wake of Typhoon Hagibis

TOKYO — Japan woke Sunday morning to flooded rivers and burst levees, as emergency workers employed helicopters and boats to rescue stranded residents from their homes in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis, the largest storm to hit the country in decades. Rain began falling Saturday and continued through Sunday morning, testing dams, pulling down hillsides, […]

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At Least 13 Women Are Killed as Migrant Boat Capsizes Near Italy

The Italian Coast Guard recovered the bodies of 13 people, all women, who died after a crowded migrant boat capsized in heavy weather off the coast of Lampedusa, the local authorities said on Monday. Coast guard officials said rescue vessels had picked up 22 survivors near Lampedusa, south of Sicily, but they feared that many […]

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Disney World Skyliner Gondola Abruptly Stops, Stranding Passengers in Air

Vacation-goers riding a new aerial gondola system at Walt Disney World in Florida on Saturday night were stranded in the air for several hours after an unknown problem caused some of the gondolas to come to a halt. The Disney Skyliner gondola system launched on Sept. 29. Three independently running sections carrying 300 gondolas in […]

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4 Missing After Cargo Ship Capsizes Off Georgia Coast

Four people were unaccounted for after a cargo vessel capsized Sunday morning in the St. Simons Sound off the coast of Brunswick, Ga. There was also a fire on the vessel, a 656-foot vehicle carrier called the Golden Ray, according to a news release from the United States Coast Guard. It was unclear how many […]

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Bahamas Stunned as Water Recedes: ‘It’s Like a Bomb Went Off’

TREASURE CAY, Bahamas — The pilot was anxious to help: he had gathered generators, diapers, tuna fish and other supplies. The people living on the islands in the Bahamas devastated by Hurricane Dorian needed them, immediately. But he wasn’t sure if there was anywhere to land. Flying with the pilot over the hardest-hit areas — […]

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Overloaded Fishing Boat Capsizes in Indiana, Leaving 4 Dead and 1 Missing

An overloaded fishing boat ferrying seven people back to their cars after a family picnic along the White River in Indiana capsized on Monday night, killing four people and leaving one missing, the authorities said Tuesday. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m., after 16 members of a family had picnicked in a public fishing area […]

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Why Euthanasia Rates at Animal Shelters Have Plummeted

DALLAS — When a lost, stray or abandoned pet entered an American city’s animal shelter 10 years ago, there was a good chance it would not leave. But in a quiet transformation, pet euthanasia rates have plummeted in big cities in recent years, falling more than 75 percent since 2009. A rescue, an adoption or […]

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Why More Dogs and Cats Are Making It Out of Shelters Alive

DALLAS — When a lost, stray or abandoned pet entered an American city’s animal shelter 10 years ago, there was a good chance it would not leave. But in a quiet transformation, pet euthanasia rates have plummeted in big cities in recent years, falling more than 75 percent since 2009. A rescue, an adoption or […]

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‘This Will Teach You Next Time,’ 911 Dispatcher Told Arkansas Woman Who Later Drowned

It was still dark out in Fort Smith, Ark., as Debbie Stevens tended to her newspaper delivery route as she had for more than 20 years. That’s when her gray Mazda S.U.V. was swept up by quickly rising floodwaters from heavy rainfall. She first called her mother-in-law, who was also driving a paper route, but […]

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This High-Tech Solution to Disaster Response May Be Too Good to Be True

SEATTLE — The company called One Concern has all the characteristics of a buzzy and promising Silicon Valley start-up: young founders from Stanford, tens of millions of dollars in venture capital and a board with prominent names. Its particular niche is disaster response. And it markets a way to use artificial intelligence to address one […]

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Flooded Danube Hampers Rescuers After Budapest Boat Accident

BUDAPEST — Rescuers were fighting the currents of a flooded Danube river on Friday in search of survivors and of the wreck of the sightseeing boat that sank in the center of Budapest two days ago. But Hungarian officials offered little hope that any of the 21 people still listed as missing would be found […]

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Boat Sinks in Danube, Killing at Least Three and Leaving 16 Missing

BUDAPEST — A boat capsized and sank in the Danube River in Budapest just before midnight on Wednesday, leaving at least three people dead and 16 unaccounted for, Hungary’s state news media reported. Under heavy rainfall, rescuers managed to bring 14 people to shore, the state news agency MTI reported. Including passengers and crew, there […]

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