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Cause of One of Worst US Boat Tragedies Is Still a Mystery

34 people on diving excursion were killed off the California coast last year

(Newser) - "Mayday, mayday, mayday." Those three words sent at 3:14am on Sept. 2 were the first inkling of the tragedy unfolding aboard a boat anchored near Santa Cruz Island off the California coast. As a story at Outside recounts, 34 people would die after fire broke out aboard... More »

'They Had a Great Marriage.' Now a Murder Charge

Idaho woman charged with killing hubby as embezzlement allegations came to light

(Newser) - She said her husband fell overboard while the couple were taking in the sunrise from the middle of a chilly Idaho lake on Feb. 13, 2018. Two years later, police say Lori Isenberg in fact killed her husband, Larry, on the same day she was accused of embezzling $500,000... More »

Shark Tank Star's Wife Faces Charges in Fatal Boat Crash

Linda O'Leary could get up to 18 months in prison

(Newser) - The wife of Shark Tank star Kevin O'Leary could be facing prison time for her role in a crash that killed two boaters last month in Ontario, Canada. Authorities say that after a "thorough investigation" of the Aug. 24 incident, Linda O'Leary, 56, has been charged with... More »

Shark Tank Star Involved in Fatal Boating Accident

Kevin O'Leary says he's 'devastated' after Canada incident kills 2

(Newser) - Shark Tank star Kevin O'Leary was aboard a boat with his wife and another person Saturday night when it crashed into a larger boat, killing two people on board the second boat, NBC News reports. Gary Poltash, 64, died at the scene on Ontario, Canada's Lake Joseph; Susanne... More »

Boater's Escape From Deputies Doesn't Go Well

Robert Callahan jumps into Lake Shasta, then asks deputy to rescue him

(Newser) - A man suspected of operating a boat while drunk almost immediately regretted his decision to try to flee deputies. Robert Callahan of Oregon jumped into the water from his boat rather than submit to a sobriety test, authorities tell Redding Record Searchlight . He made it about 50 yards before asking... More »

They Were Enjoying July 4 on the Water. Then, Tragedy

12-year-old girl dead, 3 missing, 7 injured in 2 separate boating accidents in Alabama

(Newser) - Divers and crews using underwater sonar devices searched Friday for three people who went missing on two Alabama lakes after a pair of holiday boating accidents, and authorities later confirmed one person was dead, in addition to several injured. Both happened after dark on July 4 on large reservoirs that... More »

Divers Raise Sunken Duck Boat From Lake

The NTSB will take custody as investigation continues

(Newser) - The duck boat that capsized and sank last week on a sightseeing cruise was raised from a Missouri lake Monday, more than three days after the accident that killed 17 people near the tourist town of Branson. Divers attached a sling to the vessel, which was submerged in 80 feet... More »

As Death Toll Hits 17, Questions Rise About Weather Warning

National Weather Service warned of severe storm, but it's unclear if duck boat knew

(Newser) - Four more bodies have been recovered from Table Rock Lake, bringing the confirmed death total to 17 in Thursday night's boat capsizing near Branson, Missouri. CNN reports that all of the missing have been accounted for after the tragedy involving a popular duck boat, which got caught in a... More »

Search Ends for Quiksilver CEO Lost at Sea

Police will now search beaches for clues

(Newser) - A search for missing Boardriders CEO Pierre Agnes has ended with no sign of the 54-year-old father of three, who is now presumed dead. Agnes had been fishing off the southwest coast of France early Tuesday when he told port authorities his return would be delayed because of thick fog,... More »

Uber CEO's Mom Killed in Boating Accident

Bonnie Kalanick's boat hit a rock in California lake, sank

(Newser) - The mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick died in a boat accident in a California lake, reports the AP . Bonnie Kalanick, 71, died after the boat she and her husband, Donald, 78, were riding in hit a rock in Pine Flat Lake and sank, Fresno County authorities said. The Kalanicks,... More »

Mom's Last Act: Holding Drowning Son Above Water

Chelsea Russell, 33, could not be revived after jumping into Lake Powell

(Newser) - A 33-year-old woman who jumped into Lake Powell managed to save her 2-year-old son before drowning, KSL reports. The toddler fell from a moving houseboat on Tuesday afternoon during a cruise with his family near the Halls Crossing area of the lake in Utah. Chelsea Russell, 33, jumped in after... More »

Families of 2 Boys Call Off Search

Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos went missing on July 27

(Newser) - The search is over: The families of Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos say there's no point looking anymore, NBC News reports. The two 14-year-old boys vanished July 24 on a fishing trip off the coast of Jupiter, Fla., when summer storms struck the area. The subsequent search involved volunteers,... More »

Did a Boat Racing Champ Fake His Own Death?

Police question disappearance of Andrew Biddle

(Newser) - A champion boat racer went missing after a boat crash last month, but police don't think he's dead. No, according to a flyer officers distributed, which was picked up by the Press of Atlantic City , Andrew Biddle is likely "alive and well and on the run."... More »

Man Swims 5 Hours, Rescues Family

Swam 3 miles in bid to get help

(Newser) - Maryland can claim a new hero: John Riggs swam five hours in rough waters in a bid to save his family members, who were clinging to their capsized fishing boat two miles offshore in the darkness of Tuesday night. Riggs swam three miles, stopping only to rest on a buoy,... 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 »

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 »

Erin Brockovich in Drunk Boating Bust

She apologizes, says 'day in the sun' to blame

(Newser) - Erin Brockovich says a day of sun led to her weekend arrest for boating while intoxicated. The environmental activist—whose legal battle over pollution in a California town became a movie starring Julia Roberts—was arrested and breath-tested after a game warden at Lake Mead, Nevada, saw that she was... More »

Texan Survives 30 Hours at Sea, Loses Best Pal

And in Panama, castaway returns home after 28 days adrift

(Newser) - A Texas man is mourning the best friend he had to abandon in the Gulf of Mexico to save his own life. After their boat sank on a fishing trip, ex-Marines Ken Henderson and Ed Coen spent more than 30 hours treading water and drifting with their life jackets tied... More »

Beer Cooler, GPS Beacon Save 4 at Sea

Two men and their sons stayed afloat long enough for rescue

(Newser) - Two friends and their sons were saved from drowning by some quick thinking and an unlikely hero: a beer cooler. Scott Smiles and Rick Matthews were on a fishing trip with their 11-year-old sons off the coast of Sydney, Australia, yesterday, when their 40-foot boat started on fire five miles... More »

Man Rides Entire Mississippi—by Paddleboard

Dave Cornthwaite traveled more than 2,300 miles on the water

(Newser) - A British man has conquered the 2,300-plus miles of the Mississippi, with only a stand-up paddleboard to keep him moving. Dave Cornthwaite, 31, has earned himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for his journey from Elk Lake, Minn., to the Gulf of Mexico, the Huffington... More »

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