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Hollyhock repairs complete

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COLD SNAP: The Coast Guard cutter Neah Bay prepares to moor at the Bean Dock at the Seaway Terminal Wednesday afternoon. It had been working to free up ice near Harsens Island.

Repairs to the Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock are complete, Lt. Commander Jim Bellaire said Wednesday.

The ship was towed into Port Huron Saturday by the tug Manitou because of an "engineering issue," he said. A problem between the computers and the diesel engines that run the ship incapacitated one of the engines.

Bellaire said the ship probably could have returned to port under its own power, but the tug was used as a precautionary measure.  more...

 



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BOATU.S. ANGLER PODCAST FEATURES EXPERT STEVE CHACONAS

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 15, 2009 - If winter has shut down your fishing, now is the time to open up the tacklebox and get your gear ready for the spring. A newly released, 18-minute online video from BoatU.S. Angler expert Capt. Steve Chaconas shows how to do a "Winter Tacklebox Overhaul" at http://www.BoatUS.com/videos  more

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Sailing rough seas

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Local boat makers say they will stay afloat despite a national slump in boat sales amid a listless economy.

Sea Fox, Key West and Scout boat builders in the Charleston area insist they are holding their own and do not expect to founder as other boat-builders in the Carolinas have in the past few months.

 "If anybody tells you they are up and doing great, it's not true," said Jeff DeBar, vice president of marketing for Sea Fox Boats in Berkeley County. "It's almost like a perfect storm."   more...

 



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N.C. Man Runs Up $45k Bill for Fake Distress Call

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NEWPORT, N.C. - A U.S. district judge sentenced a Newport, N.C., man to 60 months probation on Sept. 16, and the court imposed restitution in the amount of $45,292.78 for a false distress call that resulted in search and rescue efforts from multiple agencies.

On Sept. 20, 2007, Joe D. Mills Jr. used a handheld VHF radio from his front yard to fraudulently report a vessel taking on water to Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. The distress call was recorded and specifically referenced the Coast Guard.   more...

 



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BoatU.S. and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sign Agreement

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, Sept. 2, 2008 - Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined forces today to reinforce the values of sport fishing through a public information campaign called The Ethical Angler. The campaign is built around a simple code of responsible fishing practices developed by BoatU.S. that both organizations will promote. more

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Great Lakes Compact loophole allows bottled water

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Lawmakers and concerned environmentalists are sounding the alarm on the Great Lakes Compact just weeks before the historic agreement may be ratified by Congress. They say a loophole would allow businesses to sell bottled Great Lakes water -- exactly what the compact was supposed to prevent.  more...

 



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Rescuers pull Michigan man safely from Lake Erie

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ROCKWOOD, Mich. - A Carleton, Mich., man who drifted away from his boat in Lake Erie yesterday while trying to repair a motor problem was rescued after floating in the water for almost an hour, authorities said.   more...

 



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Don't let a lightning storm strike you off guard

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The deaths near Howell were such a big deal back in 1908, they made the New York Times: "LIGHTNING KILLS THREE," the headline read. "Two Michigan women struck in farmhouse, man on railroad track."

A century later, Michigan weather was in the national news again. This time, the outcome was happier: BreAnna Helsel, 16, was hit by lightning on June 6 as she closed a window at her family's Blanchard home during a rainstorm, but she survived.  more...

 



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Apostle Island Wisconsin named top National Park in America

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WKOMTV Madison (6/17)
Wisconsin's Apostle Islands National Park, located on Lake Superior, unexpectedly offers visitors the opportunity to go deep in search of fun while scuba diving to area shipwrecks among the park's 21 islands.   more...

 



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Convicted sex offender nabbed at sea

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The Coast Guard received a cell phone call at 9:15 p.m. from a citizen near the channel entrance to Port Canaveral who told them that a sailing vessel was apparently disabled and drifting toward the jetties. The Coast Guard launched a 25-foot rescue boat to assist the sailing vessel, Showtime. 
 
Coast Guard members at Station Port Canaveral recognized the name of the vessel and realized the vessel had been reported stolen in Georgia.

By Joe Pagan

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office apprehended a convicted sex offender from Georgia on Tuesday off Port Canaveral.

Stephen Alexander Bell, 40, of Tybee Island, Ga., was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. on charges of violating probation and possession of a stolen vessel, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, Donnie Brzuska, said.

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New Lakeshore plans unveiled

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National Park Service staffers put together four alternative plans to guide the future of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Park patrons put together their own.

You won’t find the “preferred alternative” for future park management released last week solely within one proposal that was discussed at a series of meetings hosted by the Park Service a year ago as part of the process for writing a new “20-year”General Management Plan (GMP) for the Lakeshore, according to superintendent Dusty Shultz.

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West Michigan Underwater Preserve would feature Lake Michigan shipwrecks

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By Eric Gaertner

About 8,000 ships have become wrecked in the Great Lakes, according to researchers, and the cold, fresh water keeps them better preserved than those found in oceans.

In West Michigan, the shipwrecks mainly came from the local traffic of lumber schooners or small passenger steamers and vessels in transit from Milwaukee or Chicago to the Straits of Mackinac, shipwreck historian and researcher Brendon Baillod said.

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Yacht rescued three times in a week

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Emergency crews from a Hampshire lifeboat station were called to rescue the same yacht three times in a week after it repeatedly came into trouble in the waters of the Solent.

The crew of the yacht Humbug were forced to call out Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service as they struggled against a spell of wild weather on the water as they made there way to Southampton.

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Dog rescued after months at sea

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Snickers the Sea Dog is barely more than a pup, but he's already an old salt.

The eight-month-old pooch spent three months adrift on a 15-metre boat and survived four months on tiny Fanning Island - 1609 kilometres south of Hawaii - where his owners left him after their sailing boat ran aground last December.

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Work going well on America's Cup challenger in Anacortes

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Work going well on America's Cup challenger in AnacortesBy Associated PressWork is going well on a new boat for BMW Oracle Racing, the U.S. challenger for the 33rd America's Cup, team officials said.

The boat is the third yacht in the history of the sailing race to be built in this town about 100 miles north of Seattle.

The multihull yacht is being built for the team from San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club to race for the trophy this year. Janicki Industries in nearby Sedro-Woolley is providing high-technology precision tooling.

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