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Authorities recover body of second victim in Iowa State crew club boat accident

Authorities recover body of second victim in Iowa State crew club boat accident

Sports
March 29 (UPI) -- Authorities on Monday confirmed the death of a second student after a boat capsized during an Iowa State University crew club practice in Jewell, Iowa, over the weekend. The accident occurred Sunday morning on Little Wall Lake in Hamilton County. Three of the five students on the capsized boat were rescued from the water, treated at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames and released. Advertisement "The Iowa State community is heartbroken to learn of this tragic accident at Little Wall Lake," Iowa State president Wendy Wintersteen said in a statement. "At this time, we are focused on providing support to club members, their families and friends. We ask that everyone keep them in their thoughts during this very difficult time." A dive team initially recovered the body of on...

Spain arrests 89 for speed boat smuggling of migrants, drugs

World
Spanish police have arrested 89 people suspected of belonging to a crime ring that smuggled both migrants and drugs from North Africa to mainland SpainByThe Associated PressMarch 7, 2020, 9:39 AM2 min readMADRID -- Spanish police have arrested 89 people suspected of belonging to a crime ring that smuggled both migrants and hashish from North Africa to mainland Spain. The Civil Guard said Saturday that the smuggling network allegedly used speed boats to bring people and drugs across the Strait of Gibraltar from Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in northern Africa. The national law enforcement agency said investigators found evidence that 11 speed boats carried a total of 269 people and over 10,000 kilograms of hashish. The ring used radar systems and lookouts on the coast to avoid detection, the ...
Dozens drown as migrant boat capsizes off Tunisia

Dozens drown as migrant boat capsizes off Tunisia

World
At least 65 migrants have died after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean off the coast of Tunisia, the UN refugee agency says. Sixteen people were rescued, UNHCR said in a statement. Survivors say the boat left Zuwara in Libya on Thursday and ran into trouble during strong waves. About 164 people died on the route between Libya and Europe in the first four months of 2019, UNHCR figures show. The incident is thought to be one of the deadliest shipwrecks involving migrants since the start of the year.The survivors were brought to the coast by the Tunisian Navy and are awaiting permission to disembark. One person has been transferred to hospital for medical treatment, the UNHCR says. The navy dispatched a ship as soon as it he...

Rescuers search for 21 Venezuelans after boat capsizes

World
Search teams hunted in the Caribbean on Thursday for 21 Venezuelans missing after a boat sank in rough seas en route to the island of Trinidad, authorities said. At least four other people, and possibly eight, were reported rescued. There was confusion about how many people had been on the small craft. An official with the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard said it carried 25, while a Venezuelan legislator said more than 30 were on board. Venezuelan government officials did not immediately make public comments about the accident. The small craft left Venezuela on Tuesday and overturned in the sea at some point not far from shore, Lt. Kerron Valere of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard said in a statement. Valere said Venezuela was leading the search within that nation's waters but the Trini...
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 ...