Sunday, June 17, 2012

Two boating news around the world

KTVL-TV News 10 of southern Oregon carried two boating news this morning:

First, an international news from Indonesia:

Boat sinks off eastern Indonesia, 14 missing
June 17, 2012 10:05 GMT
AMBON, Indonesia (AP) -- Police say rescuers are searching the ocean off eastern Indonesia for 14 missing people after a wooden boat sank in high waves.
Local police chief Capt. Zet Riry says the boat was carrying 27 people from Maluku's provincial capital, Ambon, to the nearby island of Buru when it capsized Sunday after being battered by a 3-meter-high (10-foot-high) wave.
He says 13 people were rescued. The 14 missing people included the captain.
Accidents at sea are common in Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation with more than 17,000 islands, in part because of overcrowding and poor safety standards.

Next, a local news from Oregon:

Boat sinks at Emigrant lake
By Caitlin Conrad/KTVL.comASHLAND, Ore -- A sinking boat lead to a water rescue Saturday afternoon in Emigrant lake. Jackson county sheriff's office responded to a small sled boat carrying five people.
The boat's Captain, Edwin Shean III said the boat was swamped in the choppy water and began to sink. On board were four of Shean's family members including two children. Everyone but the captain put on life vests and went to shore.
A good Samaritan boat came out to wait with Edwin until the sheriff's boat arrived.
When Jackson County Sheriff's office arrived on scene a deputy was able to tow the sunken boat out.
Deputies say the vessel was probably carrying too much weight. Boat sinks at Emigrant lake

Now these are only the news items appeared on the internet through Google. In the first case the boat was being battered by a 3-meter high wave while in the second case the boat "was swamped in the choppy water".  It did not specifically indicated in the second report, but we assume that all 5 people on board were rescued with the help of a good Samaritan.  The first case, however, 14 of the 27 people on board are still missing and need our prayer.

It is probably an ordinary early summer day today, no particular weather system or event happening.  These two cases are apparently represent ordinary happenings in general.  The only thing that's not ordinary is that they got reported in the news media in a likely "slow-news" day.  May be that's why a local television station in southern Oregon would choose to report a case from Indonesia.  All in all, these news will give a glimpse on what had happening, but it still will far from sufficient to help us understand what was going on in the oceanic coastal wave processes!

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