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Search for 15 People Lost at Sea Called Off

Most of them were Cubans

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard said Sunday it has called off a search for 15 people reported missing in an attempt to reach the US Virgin Islands, the AP reports. Survivors who were rescued nearly a week ago near the British Virgin Islands told officials that 13 Cubans, a Colombian, and... More »

Facebook Reunites Lost-at-Sea Pup With His Family

Ryder's humans thought he couldn't swim when he went overboard off Connecticut coast

(Newser) - Facebook isn't always used for good , but a Connecticut woman whose puppy fell overboard is now giving the social media site a giant "like" after what happened over the weekend. Clare Shaw and her family were out on their boat Sunday outside of Noank when Ryder, their 8-month-old... More »

Man Lost at Sea for Months Watched 3 Companions Die

29-year-old Colombian says they set out more than 2 months ago

(Newser) - Some 2,150 miles southeast of Hawaii, in what NBC News describes as a "desolate stretch of the Pacific Ocean" was a man, floating toward his death—or rescue, as it turns out. A China-bound cargo ship spotted the 29-year-old Colombian's 23-foot powerless skiff on April 26; he... More »

Boys Lost at Sea Seen in Newly Released Video

Perry Cohen, Austin Stephanos seen departing in boat

(Newser) - An investigation into two teen boys lost at sea has turned up never-before-seen video of their departure, but an attorney for one of the boys' families fears investigators may be giving up, CBS News reports. "I think that the video was released because the Florida Wildlife Commission has decided... More »

Lawyer: Missing Teens' Boat Has Disturbing Clue

He suspects foul play could be involved

(Newser) - A clue in photos of the recently recovered boat of two missing Florida teens opens up some disturbing possibilities, according to the lawyer of one boy's mother. Guy Rubin tells WPBF that the photos show the boat's battery switch and ignition key in the off position, signaling that... More »

Captain: Finding Missing Teens' Boat Was 'Amazing' Luck

He says he was deeply moved by story of Florida boys

(Newser) - A Norwegian ship captain says it was an incredible "stroke of luck" that he discovered the boat of two teenagers lost at sea last July, the AP reports. Havard Melvaer was in his office aboard the huge Edda Fjord supply ship last month when he stepped outside for fresh... More »

Boat of Florida Teens Lost at Sea Found off Bermuda

A Norwegian vessel spotted it

(Newser) - The boat carrying two Florida teens who were lost at sea during a fishing trip last July has been recovered 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda, the Palm Beach Post reports. The crew of a homeward-bound Norwegian vessel spotted the capsized 19-foot single-engine boat in March. "It was... More »

Suit: There's a Dark Secret to Castaway's Survival

Family of crewmate sues, says he ate the man's corpse

(Newser) - Castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga survived a year at sea by eating birds, fish, and turtles he could scavenge from his disabled boat. Now, grisly claims are emerging that the 36-year-old fisherman also ate something else: his dead crewmate. The family of Ezequiel Cordoba is suing Alvarenga for $1 million, alleging... More »

How This Man Survived 436 Days Lost at Sea

Neither hunger, nor thirst, nor extreme loneliness claimed the fisherman

(Newser) - When Jose Salvador Alvarenga, a 36-year-old fisherman from El Salvador, touched land for the first time after more than a year lost at sea , his hair was wild and matted, his ankles were swollen, his wrists were tiny, he could barely walk, and he constantly hid his face. He had,... More »

Beach Dare Goes Wrong: 2 Men Feared Drowned

Body of one young Brit swept out to sea has been recovered

(Newser) - A group of five friends went down to the sea's edge at Brighton Beach in Sussex, England, at 1am Saturday, and only three emerged. After a dare to stand at the waterfront, 23-year-old Dan Nicholls was knocked off his feet by a large wave in severe weather and swept... More »

Man Lost at Sea 12 Days 'MacGyvered' Radio

Hawaii man survived on fish until rescue came

(Newser) - Ron Ingraham was able to find sustenance during 12 days lost at sea —"I'm a fisherman, so I caught fish," the Hawaii man tells ABC News —but he might never have seen land again if he hadn't been able to make a distress call.... More »

Boater Lost at Sea on Thanksgiving Found Alive

Ron Ingraham, 67, found 'weak, hungry, dehydrated' off Honolulu

(Newser) - When the US Coast Guard told Zakary Ingraham that the search for his dad was being called off on Dec. 1, his gut told him it was the wrong move. "I said, 'Man, I don't think you should call [off] the search because I don't think... More »

Missing 8 Days, Sailor, 77, Found at Sea

Craig Neus was in good health when Coast Guard found him off Fla. coast

(Newser) - Craig Neus, 77, was sailing his 32-foot boat from Baltimore to his home in Panama City, Fla. But after making a purchase on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at a resort in the appropriately named town of Captiva, Fla., no one heard a word from him—even though his daughters tried calling... More »

Long Sought-After Relic Found in Puget Sound?

900-pound anchor could be the one lost on a famous expedition in 1792

(Newser) - Six years after first discovering it, "amateur sleuths" rejoiced Monday after bringing a 900-pound anchor thought to be lost in 1792 to the surface in Washington state's Puget Sound. They hope to prove they've found the stream anchor that was reportedly lost exactly 222 years earlier, on... More »

Guy Lost at Sea for Year-Plus Tells His Story

Jose Salvador Albarengo arrives in Majuro

(Newser) - The shrimp and shark fisherman who says he spent more than a year adrift at sea before washing up at a remote Pacific atoll last week arrived in the Marshall Islands capital of Majuro today. The man, who previously identified himself as Jose Ivan, told officials his full name is... More »

Man Says He Spent 16 Months Lost at Sea

Jose Ivan washed ashore on a remote atoll this week after setting off in 2012

(Newser) - No, this isn't the plot of Life of Pi retold, but it sure sounds like it. A bearded, emaciated man wearing only tattered underpants washed onto a remote Pacific atoll in the Marshall Islands yesterday, and told the locals who found him he'd been floating at sea in... More »

Religious Family Abandons US ... Act of God Sends It Right Back

Sailed away to avoid gov't control

(Newser) - Fed up with what they saw as government interference in religion, an Arizona family decided to abandon America, get on a boat, and "see where God led us." Turns out, God led them ... right back to the US. Make of that what you will. The family, Hannah Gastonguay,... More »

Last Message From Ship: 'Sails Shredded'

Nina was moving slowly when she disappeared

(Newser) - There's a new ominous clue in the disappearance of the historic schooner Nina , indicating that the ship was limping along without much in the way of sails, traveling at just four knots. The last text message sent from the ship read as follows, the AP reports: "Thanks storm... More »

Missing American Sailors Presumed Sunk

No sign of schooner off New Zealand with 7 people aboard

(Newser) - Hope is fading for the six Americans and one Briton whose schooner went missing off New Zealand in nasty weather. Rescuers now think the 85-year-old wooden sailboat sank sometime after June 4, the last day authorities communicated with the vessel during a storm, reports the BBC . They're not giving... More »

US Schooner Vanishes Off New Zealand

The last eerie call came in June 3

(Newser) - Six Americans and a Brit have vanished without a trace on the high seas between New Zealand and Australia, aboard the 70-foot vessel the Nina, CNN reports.The crew was last heard from on June 4 while battling rough conditions—68mph gusts and waves as high as 26 feet—about... More »

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