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After Passenger's Fall, Ship Continues With 'Heavy Heart'

Woman presumed lost in rough South Pacific waters

(Newser) - A 47-year-old woman is missing and presumed lost in a remote part of the South Pacific after an unexplained fall from a cruise ship. Operator P&O Cruises says the Pacific Dawn immediately turned around to search for the woman after she fell from the ship in the Coral Sea,... More »

Yachtsman 'Lost at Sea' During Race Around the World

John Fisher fell overboard during Volvo Ocean Race

(Newser) - A British yachtsman who fell overboard Monday while competing in the Volvo Ocean Race is presumed to be lost at sea, race officials say in a statement . John Fisher, 47, was competing in the 45,000-nautical-mile race around the world, which started Oct. 22 in Spain and will end in... More »

Quiksilver CEO Went Fishing. Only His Boat Came Back

Pierre Agnes' boat was washed ashore in France

(Newser) - The CEO of surfwear brand Boardriders, which recently changed its name from Quiksilver, was declared missing at sea Tuesday after he went fishing off the coast of France—and only his boat came back. The French coast guard says it has launched a search and rescue operation for 54-year-old Philip... More »

Taiwan: Rescued US Sailors Are Telling Tall Tales

Government says Taiwanese fishing crew didn't try to kill Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava

(Newser) - If you're attempting to keep up with the story of two American women who were rescued after five months at sea, but whose tale keeps taking weird turns, there's an update. The government of Taiwan says that, no, the Taiwanese fishing crew that spotted the women afloat last... More »

Women Lost at Sea Now Say 'Rescuers' Tried to Kill Them

'They tried to kill us during the night'

(Newser) - Amid mounting questions, two women who may or may not have been lost at sea for five months are sticking to their story—which involves a massive storm and "terrifying" shark attacks —and adding one new wrinkle: the Taiwanese fishing vessel that was reported to have rescued them... More »

More Holes in Story of 2 Women Lost at Sea

Shark experts say tiger sharks wouldn't ram a boat for hours

(Newser) - Two women from Hawaii who were rescued after being lost at sea are defending their account of the ordeal, even as the inconsistencies build. Tuesday brought news of their decision not to turn on the emergency beacon they had on board—they reportedly said they didn't do so because... More »

Bizarre Twist in Case of 2 Women Lost at Sea

They never used their emergency beacon

(Newser) - The story of two women from Hawaii rescued after being lost at sea for five months is beginning to seem incredible—as in difficult to believe. After they were picked up by the USS Ashland 900 miles southeast of Japan last week, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava said they faced... More »

Women Lost at Sea Back on Land After 5 Months

'I absolutely understand why certain people fall in love with the sea,' says Jennifer Appel

(Newser) - Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava touched foot on dry land for the first time since May over the weekend, and as they got their land legs back, they thanked those who'd rescued them after five months lost at sea. The women, who endured sharks and storms while drifting in... More »

Storms, Sharks Tested Women Lost at Sea for 5 Months

'There is a true humility to wondering if today is your last day'

(Newser) - Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava's five months lost at sea included three major storms, two shark attacks, and a broken water purifier. The women, who were rescued by a US Navy ship on Tuesday , say there were "absolutely" times they thought they would die on their 50-foot sailboat,... More »

2 Americans and Their Dogs Rescued After 5 Months at Sea

Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava were 5K miles from their original destination when found

(Newser) - Two Americans and their two dogs set out to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti in the spring, but after their engine died in bad weather May 30, they were forced to use only the ship's sails to attempt to get back to land. Instead, they drifted in the Pacific... More »

Dad of Teen Lost at Sea Doesn't Think He Should Be Sued

Mother of Perry Cohen has sued the family of friend Austin Stephanos

(Newser) - The father of a teenager who disappeared with his friend while boating in the Atlantic Ocean says he should not be held negligent for their presumed deaths, the AP reports. Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos were both 14 when they disappeared during a fishing trip in 2015. There was a... More »

Man Sought 'Presumed Dead' Letter for New Wife, Fast

The Coast Guard dedicated 138 hours searching for her

(Newser) - In Florida, a person must be missing for five years before a "letter of presumed death" can be issued. But in a new twist, documents reveal that Lewis Bennett requested such a letter just four days after his new wife, Isabella Hellmann, went missing and the day after the... More »

Investigators Criticize Mom Over Missing Boys' Boat Trip

Her 'egregious' lack of judgment caused their apparent deaths, say Florida officials

(Newser) - Investigators say the mother of one of two 14-year-old boys who vanished off the Florida coast in 2015 showed awful judgment in letting them venture out in a small fishing boat, but she will not face charges, reports the Palm Beach Post . The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says Carly... More »

Rescued Surfer: 'I'd Pretty Much Made Peace With It All'

Matthew Bryce says he 'knew' he was going to die after 32 hours at sea

(Newser) - The 23-year-old Scottish surfer rescued Monday night after 32 hours adrift at sea says he was prepared to die as he faced the prospect of a second night spent clinging to his surfboard, the BBC reports. "I was watching the sunset, and I'd pretty much made peace with... More »

Mom Likely Dead as Questions Mount for Son Lost at Sea

Nathan Carman was a person of interest in his grandfather's 2013 murder

(Newser) - The case of a 22-year-old man with Asperger's rescued Sunday after eight days lost on the Atlantic Ocean got stranger Tuesday with revelations that police searched his home and that he was once a person of interest in his grandfather's murder, CBS Boston reports. Nathan Carman left Rhode... More »

Search for 15 People Lost at Sea Called Off

Most of them were Cubans

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard said Sunday it has called off a search for 15 people reported missing in an attempt to reach the US Virgin Islands, the AP reports. Survivors who were rescued nearly a week ago near the British Virgin Islands told officials that 13 Cubans, a Colombian, and... More »

Facebook Reunites Lost-at-Sea Pup With His Family

Ryder's humans thought he couldn't swim when he went overboard off Connecticut coast

(Newser) - Facebook isn't always used for good , but a Connecticut woman whose puppy fell overboard is now giving the social media site a giant "like" after what happened over the weekend. Clare Shaw and her family were out on their boat Sunday outside of Noank when Ryder, their 8-month-old... More »

Man Lost at Sea for Months Watched 3 Companions Die

29-year-old Colombian says they set out more than 2 months ago

(Newser) - Some 2,150 miles southeast of Hawaii, in what NBC News describes as a "desolate stretch of the Pacific Ocean" was a man, floating toward his death—or rescue, as it turns out. A China-bound cargo ship spotted the 29-year-old Colombian's 23-foot powerless skiff on April 26; he... More »

Boys Lost at Sea Seen in Newly Released Video

Perry Cohen, Austin Stephanos seen departing in boat

(Newser) - An investigation into two teen boys lost at sea has turned up never-before-seen video of their departure, but an attorney for one of the boys' families fears investigators may be giving up, CBS News reports. "I think that the video was released because the Florida Wildlife Commission has decided... More »

Lawyer: Missing Teens' Boat Has Disturbing Clue

He suspects foul play could be involved

(Newser) - A clue in photos of the recently recovered boat of two missing Florida teens opens up some disturbing possibilities, according to the lawyer of one boy's mother. Guy Rubin tells WPBF that the photos show the boat's battery switch and ignition key in the off position, signaling that... More »

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