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Mom Calls 911 About Drowning Kids, Then Realizes They're Hers

Toddlers escaped from caretaker's apartment

(Newser) - A Florida mom made a frantic 911 call last week to report two kids drowning in the pool of the apartment complex where she works—only to realize, after help arrived, that they were her 2-year-old twins. Now the little girl has died; her brother remains in critical condition, the... More »

Kid, 4, Dies After Being Found in Cruise Ship Pool

6-year-old airlifted to NC hospital, but 4-year-old pronounced dead

(Newser) - A 4-year-old child died after being pulled unresponsive from a swimming pool on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship off the coast of North Carolina yesterday, cruise line and Coast Guard officials said. Crew members were able to revive a 6-year-old boy also found in the pool. He was airlifted to... More »

2 Dead After Man Drops Phone in Icy Chicago River

A third person is in critical condition after desperate plunge

(Newser) - One person is dead, one is missing, and one is in critical condition after a man dropped his cell phone in the Chicago River—and went lunging in after it, the Chicago Tribune reports. The phone's owner, a 26-year-old man, was found dead in the icy waters this morning,... More »

Father, Son Drown in Dangerous Cave Dive

They were testing out new equipment given as a Christmas gift

(Newser) - A father and son are dead after attempting an advanced Florida cave dive using the brand new equipment the teen had received as a Christmas present, Fox News reports. Darrin Spivey and his son, Dillon Sanchez, 15, were last seen alive while suiting up for a dive down to Eagle... More »

Debunking the Myth of the 'Oklahoma Octopus'

Freshwater octopus would need physiological changes, river navigation

(Newser) - Thanks to unexplained drowning deaths in Oklahoma lakes over the past few years, a strange theory has begun spreading its tentacles. According to some, what's to blame is... a killer freshwater octopus. It's true the octopus is an adaptive wonder, capable of living just about anywhere in the... More »

NY Man Drowns Trying to Break Dive Record

Nicholas Mevoli was one of 56 divers in Bahamas contest

(Newser) - Detectives in the Bahamas are investigating the drowning of a 32-year-old man from New York who was participating in a free diving tournament, police said yesterday. Event organizer William Trubridge identified the man as Nicholas Mevoli of Brooklyn. Trubridge said Mevoli was trying to break a record for the deepest... More »

Zoo's Rare Tiger Drowns 3 Weeks After Birth

London zookeepers think mom might have carried it out of den

(Newser) - London zookeepers are using the word "distraught," and understandably so: The city's zoo has lost the first Sumatran tiger born there in 17 years; the three-week-old cub apparently drowned on Saturday morning. Keepers realized something was amiss after failing to locate the newborn using the cameras trained... More »

6-Year-Old Drowns on Carnival Cruise

Was in the pool with his older brother

(Newser) - More tough news for Carnival : A 6-year-old boy has drowned in one of the cruise line's pools while at sea. The company says in a statement that the Carnival Victory ship was on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise yesterday when the boy drowned. He was at... More »

Dozens of Asylum Seekers Drown off Indonesia

And many more still missing after boat headed to Australia sinks

(Newser) - At least 31 people have drowned after a boat carrying asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia capsized on Friday, and dozens more are still missing, the ABC reports. The asylum seekers were from Lebanon, Pakistan, and Iraq, and were headed to Australia's Christmas Island when the boat was hit... More »

School Calls Dad, Wondering Why Dead Son Is Absent

New York City father is outraged

(Newser) - The father of a New York City boy who died on a field trip in June got a reminder of his loss when the school called—to ask why the boy wasn’t in class. Jean Fritz Pierre, 16, drowned while on a class trip to a state park, and... More »

Sole Child Survivor of '85 Philly Bombing Dies in Hot Tub

Michael Ward found on cruise ship, apparently drowned

(Newser) - Michael Moses Ward, one of two survivors of the 1985 bombing of the militant group MOVE in a Philadelphia neighborhood and the only child to make it out alive, has died at 41. Ward died aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean, say Florida medical examiners. His body was found... More »

Man Dies Under Mudslide in Colorado Floods

3 still missing

(Newser) - A man's body has been found buried under mud and several feet of debris following a flash flood in Manitou Springs, Colo., last night. An inch and a half of rain fell in the area between 5:30pm and 6pm, causing boulders and mud to flow through the same... More »

2 Drown in N. Carolina Floods

10-year-old and 48-year-old swept away while swimming in creek

(Newser) - Two bodies have been recovered from a creek in western North Carolina, apparently drowned as flash floods hit the area yesterday. Ten-year-old Delilah Lovett was found by kayakers yesterday, and 48-year-old Juan Alberdi was located today, reports the AP . Both victims were from separate families, both swimming in Wilson's... More »

Lost Hikers Rescued, Only to Take Wrong Turn, Drown

Amy Stiner, Melissa Moyer drove off of boat landing

(Newser) - Yet another chilling story of people being rescued from one perilous situation only to succumb to another : Two female hikers who got lost in the rain and fog at Maine's Roque Bluffs State Park on Tuesday called for help; an off-duty firefighter and game warden came to their aid,... More »

Sailor Drowns as America's Cup Yacht Capsizes

British Olympian Andrew Simpson dies in San Francisco Bay

(Newser) - An America's Cup sailor is dead after his team's yacht capsized during practice in San Francisco Bay this afternoon. He has been identified as Olympian Andrew Simpson of Great Britain, and authorities say he got trapped beneath the 72-foot catamaran when it flipped about a half-mile off shore,... More »

To Stop Drownings, Hawaii Wants ... Airlines to Help

Kauai has already suffered 11 drownings this year

(Newser) - Drownings are the leading cause of death for visitors to Hawaii and have long been a problem in the state. But the numbers have recently spiked: In less than four months this year, the island of Kauai has suffered 11 drownings; that's already close to triple the four deaths... More »

2 Feared Dead After Trying to Save Boy in River

Adults missing in SD, but boy who fell in is safe

(Newser) - Emergency teams have changed their search from rescue to recovery, after two people went missing in the raging Big Sioux River in South Dakota yesterday evening, reports the AP . After a 6-year-old boy fell into the churning waters, just downstream from local falls, a female relative and a man rushed... More »

Robert Wagner Mute in New Natalie Wood Inquiry

Wagner only person on yacht who refuses to talk to investigators

(Newser) - A re-investigation into Natalie Wood's drowning 32 years ago has raised questions about what exactly happened on the yacht that night, but don't expect her husband to shed any light on the matter, reports the AP . Detectives have interviewed more than 100 people related to Wood's death... More »

Natalie Wood's Body Bruised Before She Drowned: Coroner

But new report leaves cause of death 'undetermined'

(Newser) - Natalie Wood's body had bruises and scratches that she likely suffered before drowning in the Pacific Ocean on a November night in 1981, according to a new coroner's report. "The location of the bruises, the multiplicity of the bruises, lack of head trauma, or facial bruising support... More »

Man Drowns Trying to Save Dog in Ocean

It's the second such incident in about a month

(Newser) - A 59-year-old California man drowned after being swept out to sea while trying to save his dog, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . Charles Quaid was walking on the beach at Point Reyes peninsula with his wife and retriever when a rogue wave pulled the dog into the water. The Chronicle ... More »

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