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Robot boat sails into history by finishing Atlantic crossing

Robot boat sails into history by finishing Atlantic crossing

Technology
All summer, the small boat drifted steadily eastward across the churning North Atlantic until it neared the Irish coast, where it made history by becoming the first unmanned sailboat to cross the Atlantic. The SB Met, built by Norwegian company Offshore Sensing AS, reached the finish line of the Microtransat Challenge for robotic boats on Aug. 26, two and a half months after setting off from Newfoundland, according to preliminary data. It's a milestone that shows the technology for unmanned boats is robust enough to carry out extended missions that can dramatically cut costs for ocean research, border security, and surveillance in rough or remote waters. They're part of wider efforts to develop autonomous marine vessels such as robotic ferries and cargo and container ships that could be ...
Bluebird jet boat floats again, 51 years after fatal crash

Bluebird jet boat floats again, 51 years after fatal crash

Technology
The famed jet boat Bluebird returned to the water Saturday for the first time since a 1967 crash that killed pilot Donald Campbell during a world speed-record attempt. Watched by well-wishers including Campbell's daughter Gina Campbell, the sleek blue hydroplane was lowered into Loch Fad on Scotland's Isle of Bute, where it will undergo low-speed tests. Campbell had already set eight land and water speed records when he attempted to break his own 276.3 mph (445 kph) water-speed record on Jan. 4, 1967 on Coniston Water in northwest England's Lake District. The jet-powered Bluebird roared past 300 mph (482 kph) before it vaulted into the air, flipped and crashed into the lake, breaking in two and killing the 45-year-old Campbell. It was 34 years before divers managed to raise the Bluebird'...
1 dead, 9 injured as tour boat explodes in Bahamas

1 dead, 9 injured as tour boat explodes in Bahamas

World
A fiery explosion on a small tour boat in the Bahamas killed one person and injured nine others on Saturday, authorities said. The blast and resulting fire sent thick black smoke pouring into the light blue sky off the coast of Barraterre, Exuma. Exuma is a district composed of hundreds of small islands southeast of the capital of Nassau. Royal Bahamas Police Force spokesperson Chanta Knowles confirmed the explosion happened on a boat carrying 12 people -- 10 Americans and two Bahamians -- shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday. Exuma police did not specify the nationalities of those injured or killed. Four injured people were evacuated to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, Florida, for treatment, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Five others were airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau...
Warship's collision with Japanese tug boat the latest mishap for Navy's 7th Fleet

Warship's collision with Japanese tug boat the latest mishap for Navy's 7th Fleet

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A U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tug boat in Japan's Sagami Bay on Saturday, marking the fifth time this year that a ship in the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash. The Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise. The U.S. guided-missile destroyer sustained minimal damage, and there were no reported injuries on either vessel, according to a press release from the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet. The USS Benfold, which is awaiting a full damage assessment, remains at sea under its own power. The incident will be investigated, the 7th Fleet said. Here's a look at previous crashes involving U.S. Navy warships in 2017, including two deadly collisions that left 17 sailors dead: The USS Antietam ran agrou...
At least 16 dead as overloaded boat capsizes in India

At least 16 dead as overloaded boat capsizes in India

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Nov. 12 (UPI) -- At least 16 people were killed and seven more are missing after an overloaded boat capsized on a river in India, police said.A total of 38 passengers and three crew members were on-board the vessel, which was operated by a private company and traveling along the Krishna river near Vijayawada on Sunday."The boat was overloaded with 38 people and most of them were not provided life jackets. It capsized near a curve as it approached the Pavitra Sangamam point and most of the people were trapped underneath and were killed," an assistant commissioner of police said.Local fishermen rushed into the water and managed to save 15 passengers and another three were rescued by members of the National Disaster Response Force.The boat exceeded its maximum carrying capacity of 24.Deputy c...