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  • Family rescued at sea says satellite cell phone service provider left them in a life-or-death crisis

    07/11/2014 9:01:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    ABC10 News ^ | 7-11-14 | Allison Ash
    SAN DIEGO - The family that drew national attention when they were rescued at sea off their sailboat, Rebel Heart, in April is finally setting the record straight. Charlotte and Eric Kaufman and their two daughters were about 1,000 miles west of Cabo San Lucas in the Sea of Cortez when 1-year old Lyra became sick. That was when their adventure of a lifetime turned into a nightmare. It began with a fever, then a rash and then Lyra became lethargic. That was when the couple used their satellite cell phone to call a doctor. He advised them to begin...
  • Porcupine puppy

    06/27/2014 5:27:50 AM PDT · by ABN 505 · 23 replies
    The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center adopts a five-year-old porcupine that someone had been keeping as a pet. Because of his gentle nature and love for human contact, everyone treats the porcupine like a prickly puppy dog.
  • Dog Survives 16-Story Fall

    06/15/2014 3:35:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, Jun 14, 2014
    A Fort Lauderdale Maltipoo may not be a cat with nine lives, but certainly is quite lucky after falling 16 stories and surviving. The dog, named Susie, fell through a hole on one of the upper floors of the Southpoint condo building at 3400 Galt Ocean Drive. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue discovered the dog had fallen through a pipe chase down approximately 16 stories and landed on a piece of concrete in the pipe chase on the second floor. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue cut holes above and below the second floor to try to get to the dog and after...
  • Vacationing Air Force bomber pilot helped land Boeing 737 after pilot had a heart attack

    06/02/2014 5:08:42 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 68 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 2, 2014 | James Nye
    United Flight 1637 was returning off-duty Air Force Captain Mike Gongol, his family and 157 other souls from their Christmas vacation when disaster struck. The Boeing 737's pilot suffered a devastating heart attack at 30,000 feet on the way from Des Moines to Denver, forcing Gongol to rush to the cockpit and help guide the plane to an emergency landing. His heroic actions have gone unheralded until now, as Gongol recalls the dramatic moment he answered the chilling announcement on the December 30 flight, 'Does anyone know how to fly a plane?'
  • First Mention of Attack on U.S. Consular Station at Benghazi (09/11/2012 Revisited)

    05/30/2014 2:58:26 PM PDT · by First_Salute · 18 replies
    several | 09/11/2012 | various
    Prelude 09/10/2012 USA / Breitbart report by Wynton Hall: Obama Misses Over Half His Intelligence Briefings During a White House press briefing ... White House Press Secretary Jay Carney blasted the Government Accountability Institute's ["GAI"] findings as being "hilarious" and said: The President of the United States gets the presidential daily briefing every day. He always reads it, every day, because he's a voracious consumer of all of his briefing material... This president is very much steeped in the details of national security issues. 09/10/2012 USA / Washington Post Opinion [article] by Marc A. Thiessen: Why is Obama skipping more...
  • White Sox Fan Saves Baby From Flying Bat With One-Handed Catch

    05/28/2014 4:41:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | May 27, 2014 | Kate Stanton
    Eileen Depesa caught Tyler Flowers' rogue bat before it hit the infant behind her during a Memorial Day White Sox game.Eileen Depesa's impressive reflexes saved a baby from a baseball bat at the Chicago White Sox's game against the Cleveland Indians. When Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers lost his grip on his bat, it went flying into the stands above left field. Depesa, of Naperville, Ill., reached out with one hand and caught the bat before it hit the infant seated behind her. The man seated to her right merely ducked. "I was more concerned with protecting the baby seated behind...
  • Illegal Alien Suing First Responders Who Rescued Him From Drowning (Video)

    03/13/2014 5:24:59 PM PDT · by montag813 · 32 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 03-13-2014 | Brian Hayes
    "I need money". Greedy illegal alien Roy Ortiz is suing those who saved his life.- by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsLast month we profiled an illegal alien felon who made nearly $200,000 by mass-filing frivolous lawsuits against L.A. restaurants. But that was just a creep trying to game the system, and the system (shamefully) letting him. This is truly disgusting. An illegal alien in Colorado is suing several first responders who took part in rescuing him last September, when he became trapped in his car during a flash flood. You heard that right. They saved Roy Ortiz' life --...
  • Vietnam media: Navy confirms flight MH370 crashed into the sea [disputed account]

    03/07/2014 9:28:46 PM PST · by barmag25 · 281 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 3/8/14 | Yahoo Newsroom
    UPDATE [12:37]: Tuoi Tre, a leading daily in Vietnam, reports that the Vietnamese Navy has confirmed the plane crashed into the ocean. According to Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of the Region 5, military radar recorded that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 153 miles South of Phu Quoc island. When contacted, Malaysia Airlines declined to confirm or deny the reports, saying that the Malaysian authorities are working together with the Vietnamese government on the matter. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reports that China has dispatched two maritime rescue ships to help locate the missing plane.
  • Heartwarming video (animal rescue)

    03/03/2014 8:53:00 AM PST · by djf · 4 replies
    Youtube vid of firefighters using the jaws of life to help out... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNe1--idns0
  • Family rescued after van goes into ocean off Daytona Beach

    03/05/2014 9:35:15 AM PST · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    clickorlando.com ^ | 3-4-2014 | Amaka Ubaka
    [video] DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Three children -- ages 5, 7 and 10 -- were rescued from a minivan that was driven into the Atlantic Ocean off Daytona Beach. Onlookers pulled the children from the vehicle, which was being buffeted by waves as it drifted deeper into the surf Tuesday. A woman driving the van escaped unharmed. Beach Safety Capt. Tammy Marris said the woman was already driving on the beach, where cars are allowed, when the vehicle entered the water. The South Carolina family of four was taken to Halifax Hospital. Once the children are released, they will be...
  • Taco stand worker saves little boy from kidnapper

    03/03/2014 12:47:58 PM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | march 1, 2014 | ryan gorman
    A heroic Los Angeles-area taco stand employee saved a four-year-old boy from a deranged kidnapper. Jesus Delgado, a grill cook at T2 Tacos, in Westchester, jumped out from behind the counter Wednesday and rescued Grady O’Brien from a North Hollywood man who took him after punching his nanny in the face. Witnesses told KTLA the man was ranting about being in the CIA before sucker punching the nanny and making off with the child yelling he was the father – Grady’s six-year-old brother Brendan screamed for help until Delgado sprang into action. The children were walking home from school with the nanny...
  • Bad dog! Car fanatic gives his pet dog away after she chews a HOLE...

    02/04/2014 12:52:12 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    A car fanatic gave his pet dog away after he was left distraught when she chewed a hole through the wheel arch of his prized £80,000 Aston Martin. Builder Royston Grimstead, 42, was devastated when he came home to find his border collie spaniel cross Luce had chewed through the fibreglass panel of his luxury car - causing £3,000 of damage. Mr Grimstead, from Chedzoy, Somerset, said he had already been considering re-homing the dog, which he said did not get along with his other dog, but the damage to the car was the final straw. A dog behaviour expert...
  • Windsor man rescues girl lying on snowy street as others pass her by (With video)

    01/25/2014 9:43:18 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 25 replies
    Windsor Star ^ | Jan. 24, 2014 | Trevor Wilhelm
    Passersby likely assumed it was just a homeless person, so they ignored the young girl lying on the snowy sidewalk. That’s what seasoned Street Help/Unit 7 volunteer Brandt Huber believes after saving the life of a missing 13-year-old girl. He found her Thursday morning lying barely conscious in plain sight on a busy street. “It’s shocking to know that some people are so caught up in what they’re doing that they can’t stop and help somebody in need,” said Huber.
  • Trapped (global warming) research ship, rescue vessel break free of Antarctic ice

    01/08/2014 2:29:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/07/14 | Alastair Jamieson
    A Russian research ship and a Chinese icebreaker that were stranded in Antarctica have broken free from heavy ice and no longer need to be rescued by the United States, Australian officials said Wednesday. More than 50 scientists, researchers and tourists had to be airlifted from the Russian-owned vessel Akademik Shokalskiy after it became trapped on Dec. 24, 100 nautical miles east of French Antarctic station Dumont d'Urville and about 1,500 nautical miles (2,250 miles) south of Tasmania, Australia. The protracted international rescue effort was itself delayed by the conditions, with blinding snow, strong winds and thick sea ice preventing...
  • Ice Station "Global Warming" Speaks [Semi-Vanity Title]

    01/05/2014 6:18:58 AM PST · by SES1066 · 10 replies
    [Carbon Off-Set:] A total of 800 kauri trees will be planted which during the first 50 years of their life will offset more than the total carbon used to fuel the AAE. Kauri of course lives much longer than this and is even known to reach ages of more than 2,000 years. The amount of carbon assimilated by the trees was calculated using the kauri growth calculator based on many field studies and research.
  • Hospital Agrees to Let Family Move Jahi McMath to New Medical Facility

    01/05/2014 2:15:51 AM PST · by kathsua · 29 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 1/04/14 | Steve Srtelt
    After a protracted legal battle, Children’s Hospital Oakland reached an agreement with Jahi Mcmath’s family to allow a medical team to enter the hospital to perform the procedures necessary to move her to a medical facility that will continue her care and treatment. Her mother and family say she is alive following a tonsillectomy gone awry that has left her in an incapacitated state since early December. The family in the case says the hospital has been starving Jahi for three weeks. The San Francisco Chronicle has more details: The agreement, described in the courtroom of Alameda County Superior Court...
  • Appalachian Trail hikers stranded in snow rescued

    01/03/2014 12:05:48 PM PST · by don-o · 44 replies
    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Three Appalachian Trail hikers who were stranded in the snow without shelter have been flown to a hospital by helicopter.
  • Ship involved in Antarctic rescue faces trouble (icebreaker stuck)

    01/03/2014 1:47:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/03/13 | Rod McGuirk
    CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian icebreaker carrying 52 passengers who were retrieved from an icebound ship in the Antarctic was told to halt its journey home on Friday after a Chinese vessel involved in the dramatic rescue became concerned that it, too, may get stuck in the heavy sea ice. **SNIP** But on Friday afternoon, the crew of a Chinese icebreaker that had provided the helicopter said they were worried about their own ship's ability to move through the ice. The Aurora — which was carrying the passengers to the Australian island state of Tasmania — was told to stay...
  • All 52 passengers rescued from ship trapped in Antarctic ice [Were studying Climate Change Effects]

    01/02/2014 7:23:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/02/2013 | By Jethro Mullen
    After 10 days stranded far from home, all 52 passengers from a ship stuck in Antarctic ice have now been transferred by helicopter to an Australian icebreaker. "It's 100% we're off! A huge thanks to all," tweeted Chris Turney, an Australian professor among the group of scientists, journalists and tourists marooned on the ship. A helicopter from a nearby Chinese icebreaker ferried passengers Thursday to the Australian icebreaker, the Aurora Australis. The rescue is the latest chapter in a saga that began Christmas Eve after the Russian-flagged MV Akademik Shokalskiy got stuck in unusually thick ice. Officials abandoned a succession...
  • Helicopter rescue mission to Akademik Shokalaskiy given green light to proceed

    01/01/2014 4:17:00 PM PST · by Karl Spooner · 60 replies
    News.com.au ^ | 1/1/2014
    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority this morning said weather conditions in the Antarctic had improved and those marooned on the MV Akademik Shokalskiy would soon reach the end of their ordeal. "Wind in the area is now down to 10 knots and visibility has improved. Weather conditions are expected to remain favourable over the next 36 hours," a spokeswoman for AMSA said. "The helicopter on board the Chinese flagged vessel Xue Long will be used to rescue the passengers from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy."
  • Global Warming Fanatics Trapped In Antarctic Sea Ice

    01/01/2014 10:51:23 AM PST · by raptor22 · 43 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 1, 2014 | IND EDITORIALS
    Cold Climate: In an event chock-full of bitterly cold irony, perhaps even Al Gore has noticed that multiple icebreakers couldn't free a boat stuck in Antarctic ice that global warming was supposed to have melted. Few of the media reports on the plight of the Russian-flagged research vessel MV Akademik Schokalskiy have noted the irony of a ship full of climate scientists getting stuck in an Antarctic ice sheet so thick that early attempts at breaking through the ice to free them were failures. "We're stuck in our own experiment," the Australasian Antarctic Expedition said in a statement. "We came...
  • Helicopter Rescue for Stranded Antarctic Ship on Hold for Better Weather

    01/01/2014 7:15:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 31, 2013 | Gio Benitez, Anthony Castellano, Mallory Thompson and Ben Krolowitz
    An air rescue for the passengers aboard a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for a week will wait for a break in the weather to start airlifting people from the vessel, Australian maritime authorities say. The 74 scientists, tourists and crew aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian-crewed research vessel touring the Antarctic, have been trapped in ice since Christmas Eve. A helicopter on board a Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, will be used to collect the passengers once there is a break in the weather, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said in a Monday night conference...
  • Beautiful Doggie "Sadie"; Badly Injured by Trap

    12/18/2013 1:29:26 AM PST · by garandgal · 27 replies
    Animal Lifeline of Iowa ^ | 12/19/2013 | Animal Lifeline of Iowa
    From the Animal Lifeline Facebook Page: Please Help Save Sadie? Meet Sadie, our newest shelter resident. She was dumped out in the country and spent the last several months running the fields and getting food from the families in the area. It appears that Sadie had been caught in a trap. Scared and stranded in the cold, Iowa winter weather with no food or water and in an enormous amount of pain, she found the strength to save herself and used her mouth and teeth to remove the trap from her paw. With bones and tissue exposed, her tongue full...
  • EXCLUSIVE: 2 survivors in Molokai plane crash speak out

    12/17/2013 8:00:15 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 40 replies
    KITV Channel 4 News ^ | Dec 12, 2013 3:26 PM HST | KITV Channel 4 News
    Two survivors of the plane crash off Molokai were sitting directly behind Hawaii Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy when the aircraft went down Wednesday afternoon. Fuddy died in the crash.
  • Real-life Lassie: Border Collie leads rescuer to injured owner

    12/14/2013 9:39:45 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12-13-13 | Charlene Sakada
    Cici, a black and white border collie mix was frantically running along Jackson, Missouri's busy Jackson Boulevard dragging her leash behind, when she was spotted by caring driver, Jefferson Fox. Fox was headed to Cape Girardeau at the time and told KFVS Heartland News, "I thought [she] was going to get hit, so I turned in at Shawnee and parked my car, ran down this embankment and found the dog at the next couple of houses." The perceptive driver chased after the dog in hopes of assuring her safety but when she kept evading capture and led Fox to a...
  • Jimi Hendrix's Extra Terrestrial UFO Experience [Vanity]

    12/12/2013 8:52:40 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 29 replies
    Tim Beckley ^ | December 12, 2013 | Jimi Hendrix Starchild [Book]
    The author, Beckley, says, "I can't say in all honesty that I really knew Jimi Hendrix, but I did see him give a number of really good performances. It was at one of those post- Woodstock concerts where I managed to wind my way backstage. Jimi Hendrix was leaning up against a wall of amps and speakers. As I walked past him, we both just kind of nodded as if we recognized each other, and to this day I can swear I heard him ask me, 'and what planet are you from pal? Jimi expressed a great interest in matters...
  • Shipwrecked Man Survives Underwater for Three Days Praying Psalms

    12/06/2013 6:54:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Lagos, Nigeria, Dec 5, 2013 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- After a shipwreck off the coast of Nigeria, a 29-year-old man survived three days at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean while constantly reciting a psalm his wife mentioned to him during their last conversation. Harrison Okene was a Nigerian cook on the tugboat Jascon 4, which was one of three vessels pulling an oil tanker. It capsized and sank about 32 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria in late May with its 12 crew members aboard. Although the shipwreck occurred in May, a video of the dramatic rescued surfaced this...
  • Man survives 60 hours at bottom of Atlantic, rescued after finding air pocket [w/-video]

    12/05/2013 6:14:20 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 36 replies
    FOX News Network ^ | December 04, 2013 | Associated Press
    GOS, Nigeria – Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat for three days, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle. The Nigerian cook survived by breathing an ever-dwindling supply of oxygen in an air pocket. The other 11 seaman aboard the Jascon 4 died... It was a shock for the diver while he was down there looking for bodies, and we (in the control room) shot back when the hand grabbed him on the screen." Okene kept faith with the psalm he recited, that promises to "give thanks in your name, Lord," at a...
  • Nurse dies protecting patients in Texas surgical center stabbing

    11/29/2013 10:45:45 AM PST · by Sheapdog · 81 replies
    CNN ^ | November 26, 2013 | Catherine E. Shoichet
    (CNN) -- Gail Sandidge rushed to help when screams rang out during a stabbing at a Texas medical center on Tuesday. Horrified patients and family members watched as a man stabbed the nurse in the chest. "She was just saying...'I'm hurt. He got me,'" witness Jana Jackson told CNN affiliate KLTV. "And that's when we realized there was blood all on the front of her scrubs." Hours later, authorities pronounced Sandidge dead. Police said four others were wounded when 22-year-old suspect Kyron Templeton attacked visitors and employees Tuesday morning at Good Shepherd Ambulatory Surgical Center in Longview, Texas. The hospital's...
  • Last surviving member of PT boat crew that saved Kennedy dies

    11/29/2013 9:43:46 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 24 replies
    The Greenville News ^ | November 27, 2013 | LYN RIDDLE
    GREENVILLE, SC — The last surviving member of the crew that rescued John F. Kennedy from an island in the Pacific Ocean during World War II died Wednesday. Greenville native Jack Gardo was 87. He died in his sleep at his home on Farrs Bridge Road, his daughter-in-law Brenda Gardo said. Gardo enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 16, two years younger than the legal age, because he wanted to serve his country. In 1943, Gardo’s PT 157 was sent to rescue the survivors of PT 109, which was cut in half by a Japanese ship. The crew...
  • So, tell me about Basset Hounds .....

    11/20/2013 10:10:17 PM PST · by Usagi_yo · 43 replies
    11/20/2013 | vanity
    I rescued a basset hound late one Sunday afternoon (2 1/2 weeks ago). He was in the middle of a busy road and cars where honking and driving around him. I pulled over to the side and got out to get him. He almost jumped in my arms when I got close. When I opened the passenger door, he went in without hesitating. He's a beautiful dog, probably young adult (but I'll find out tomorrow from the vet), pure bred. Now the questions .... The dog nick name 'stinky' registering as Ulysses. Despite that I've nick named him stinky he...
  • Miner being called a hero: Man died trying to save co-worker from carbon monoxide poisoning (CO)

    11/19/2013 7:54:20 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | , November 18, 2013 | Charles Ashby
    Rick Williams is a hero for trying to save the life of fellow Revenue-Virginius Mine worker Nicholas Cappanno in a mine accident Sunday that took both their lives, Cappanno’s brother, Eric Keep, said Monday. Cappanno, a 34-year-old Montrose resident, was new to the hard-rock mine industry, having worked at the Ouray County mine only a few weeks, Keep said. He died alongside Williams, his immediate supervisor in the newly reopened silver and gold mine just southwest of Ouray, in an accident that also injured 19 others early Sunday. “He worked in the gas patch for years, but that would take...
  • Man Lost in Wilderness for 3 Months Saves Himself with Gut-Wrenching Decision

    11/13/2013 7:08:58 AM PST · by chessplayer · 133 replies
    If you were stranded in the wilderness, your supplies gone, and you were about to starve to death, could you kill your best friend? That's the heartbreaking dilemma one man faced when he found himself trapped in the Canadian wilderness with no food. At the beginning of his planned three month trek, Marco Lavoie, who was hiking with his best pal, his dog, had his camp rations and canoe destroyed by a bear. But his faithful pooch saved his life by chasing the bear off. He would be "rewarded" three days later by having his own life taken -- by...
  • Lexi the Rescue Dog Displays Incredible Tricks

    11/12/2013 12:10:06 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/12/2013 | Storyful
    Lexi was rescued in 2009 from the SPCA and was severely underweight, had no hair around her neck and some behavioural issues. Now, four years later, it’s incredible to see how far Lexi has come. Watch as Lexi shows off some amazing tricks she’s learnt in the care of her owner, Katerina Jansen. Katerina told Storyful: “She loves to balance on anything and loves to jump into her owners arms from the ground or high up.”
  • Hiker Survives 3 Months in Wilderness Following Bear Attack [maybe ate his dog, who saved him]

    11/04/2013 12:09:55 PM PST · by Daffynition · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 1, 2013 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    A hiker was rescued after surviving a bear attack and spending three months, exposed to snow and freezing temperatures, in a remote corner of northern Canada, police said. Police located Marco Lavoie, 44, in the wilderness near Waskaganish, Quebec, on Wednesday, 10 days after his family reported him missing and nearly a month after the experienced outdoorsman was expected to return from a two month hiking expedition. Police believe Lavoie survived the bear attack uninjured, sometime in August, when his German shepherd got in between the man and the bear, Sgt. Ronald McInnis, spokesman for the Quebec Provincial Police told...
  • SAS free all four hostages in daring Afghanistan raid

    06/02/2012 11:27:00 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 26 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 06/03/2012
    Defence sources said the “surgical” operation showed the “precision, skill and courage” of British special forces after they stormed the cave where Helen Johnston, 28, was held, and killed her kidnappers. David Cameron spoke individually to the soldiers to thank them for an “extraordinarily brave” mission. He warned that anyone who took British citizens hostage faced “a swift and brutal end”. Miss Johnston, a committed Christian, along with Moragwa Oirere, a Kenyan colleague, and two Afghan women who worked for the same aid agency, were said to be physically well after their ordeal. Miss Johnston’s parents expressed their gratitude to...
  • Hunter, 72, survives 19 days in snowy California wilderness

    10/14/2013 10:29:27 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 10/14/13 | Karen Brooks
    A 72-year-old California deer hunter was recovering Monday after surviving on squirrels and packing leaves around him for warmth for nearly three weeks while he was lost and alone in the snowy wilderness, authorities said. Gene Penaflor was discovered by hunters on Saturday after 19 days in the Mendocino National Forest in the Coastal Mountain Range of northwestern California, according to a report by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.
  • Crew members: ‘Captain Phillips’ is one big lie

    10/13/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/13/13 | Maureen Callahan
    It’s made for Hollywood: the story of an average American family man, captain of a cargo ship in dangerous waters, his vessel overtaken by armed Somali pirates demanding ransom, saving his crew by allowing himself to be removed from the boat and taken hostage. All of this is the basis for “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks as the titular, real-life hero. The only problem, say some members of the real Capt. Phillips’ crew, is none of it is true. Capt. Richard Phillips, they say, is no hero, and the film is one big lie. “Phillips wasn’t the big leader like...
  • Video: Hero Saves Man Clinging From Side of Burning Building in Washington Heights

    09/17/2013 12:42:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 9/17 | Dan Amira
    A legit hero walked across a not-totally-stable ladder four stories above the sidewalk to save a man clinging to the windowsill of an apartment billowing with smoke in Washington Heights yesterday. This guy, the guy who walked across the ladder, is way better than you. Like, it's not even close.
  • Actor Dick Van Dyke Pulled From Flaming Car

    08/19/2013 4:29:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 19, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    TMZ is reporting that 87-year-old actor Dick Van Dyke was pulled from his jaguar on the side of a Los Angeles freeway after it burst into flames. Jason Pennington, the man who saved Van Dyke, told TMZ that he was driving on the 101 freeway when he saw the flaming car on the side of the road with an elderly man hunched over at the wheel. He pulled over and pulled the actor to safety before the engine exploded and flames engulfed the car.....
  • Mystery: Priest prays for girl, vanishes

    08/10/2013 3:50:16 AM PDT · by BCW · 58 replies
    RTV 6 - The Indy Channel ^ | 09 AUG 2013 | RTV 6
    The identity of a priest, who appeared at an accident scene, is a mystery. Illinois rescue crews spent the first 45 minutes after the accident trying to get a 19-year-year old girl out of a car. They were running out of options when a priest came out of nowhere, even though the road was blocked for miles, WEWS-TV reported. "I went back and talked to the priest and told him we were worried she would think we'd given up hope. He said 'I just want to anoint her' and so we just let him come up to the scene," New...
  • Mysterious Priest Performs Miracle at Site of Mercedes Crash

    08/07/2013 2:53:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 52 replies
    Connect TriStates.com ^ | 8/6/13 | Rajah Maples
    CENTER, MO. -- Rescue workers want to thank a higher power for coming to the rescue early Sunday morning. Emergency crews spent an hour and a half trying to extricate a 19-year-old Quincy woman trapped in her in crushed car on Missouri 19 near Center, Mo. The Missouri Highway Patrol said Aaron Smith, 26, crossed the center line and struck Katie Lentz head-on. Now, friends, family and those who rescued Lentz would love to find and thank a mysterious priest who they say helped make the rescue possible. New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed said rescue crews spent the first...
  • Mysterious priest performs miracle at site of Mercedes crash

    08/07/2013 12:47:09 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 57 replies
    Connect Tristates ^ | August 7, 2013 | Rajah Maples
    CENTER, MO. -- Rescue workers want to thank a higher power for coming to the rescue early Sunday morning. Emergency crews spent an hour and a half trying to extricate a 19-year-old Quincy woman trapped in her in crushed car on Missouri 19 near Center, Mo. The Missouri Highway Patrol said Aaron Smith, 26, crossed the center line and struck Katie Lentz head-on. Now, friends, family and those who rescued Lentz would love to find and thank a mysterious priest who they say helped make the rescue possible. New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed said rescue crews spent the first...
  • Fighter jet crash leads to harrowing ocean rescue (video)

    08/03/2013 1:03:35 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | August 2, 2013 | Ashley Halsey III
    The night-vision image in the rescue helicopter showed a downed pilot in a life raft bobbing 35 miles from the Atlantic shoreline, but when Brian Fogle got ready to plunge down to him, the midnight sky and sea melded into inky blackness. “The hard part was not being able to see anything,” Fogle said. And then he stepped out that door and slid down a line into the rolling dark ocean. The signal had come to the Coast Guard 20 to 30 minutes before 11 p.m. Thursday: A D.C. Air National Guard F-16C was down in the Atlantic after touching...
  • 31 dead on doomed voyage to Italy

    07/28/2013 7:19:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | July 28, 2013
    Thirty-one migrants, including nine women, drowned off the coast of Libya during an attempted crossing to Italy on a dinghy according to survivors who managed to complete the journey. A dinghy carrying 53 migrants capsized on Friday evening, and witnesses said 31 of those who had been thrown off it drowned in the accident. The twenty-two survivors, who come from Nigeria, Gambia, Benin and Senegal, said the dinghy had capsized after three days at sea. They were rescued by a passing merchant ship and taken to Lampedusa island, the reports said.
  • NYPD cop guarding Gracie Mansion, firefighters rescue woman from East River

    07/28/2013 8:23:19 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 27, 2013 | Joseph Stepansky AND Alfred Ng
    A cop guarding Gracie Mansion and firefighters teamed up to save a woman who fell into the East River early Saturday while trying to retrieve a dropped cellphone, sources said. A bystander flagged down a nearby officer after seeing the unidentified woman splash into the water on the upper East Side about 5:40 a.m., authorities said.
  • 10-year-old Girl Catches 1-Month-Old Baby Dropped from Burning Apartment

    07/26/2013 5:52:08 PM PDT · by Jeff Winston · 20 replies
    WSB TV ^ | July 25, 2013 | Wendy Corona
    A woman in a wheelchair and a 10-year-old were the unlikely heroes at a Decatur apartment fire Thursday. A mother's desperate action to save her babies turned neighbors into rescuers. "I caught the newborn baby from falling. Before it had hit the ground I caught it," said Zna Gresham, 10. Gresham said she just did what was asked after she ran out of her burning apartment to safety outside. "Then when I was getting out, the lady from upstairs, she was dropping her babies and she asked me and my sister can she get the babies for her," Zna told...
  • Multiple Swimmers Rescued Off Chappaquiddick

    07/24/2013 7:14:52 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 27 replies
    Vineyard Gazette ^ | July 24 2013 | Sara Brown
    Between 11 and 13 people were rescued from the water off Wasque Point Wednesday afternoon, police said.
  • 2 Maine hikers rescued but drive to ocean deaths

    ROQUE BLUFFS, Maine (AP) — A pregnant Maine woman and her friend visiting from Pennsylvania got lost hiking and were rescued but died later that evening, authorities said, when they accidentally drove their car into the ocean in the nighttime fog.
  • George Zimmerman Emerged From Hiding for Truck Crash Rescue

    07/22/2013 6:38:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 57 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 22 July, 2013 | MATT GUTMAN and ALEXIS SHAW
    George Zimmerman, who has been in hiding since he was acquitted of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, emerged to help rescue a family who was trapped in an overturned vehicle, police said today. Zimmerman was one of two men who came to the aid of Dana and Mark Gerstle and their two children, who were trapped inside a blue Ford Explorer SUV that had rolled over after traveling off the highway in Sanford, Fla. at approximately 5:45 p.m. Thursday, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The crash occurred at the intersection of I-4 and route...