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Vigil held for 34 killed in California dive boat fire

first_img Published: September 7, 2019 10:02 AM EDT Updated: September 7, 2019 10:03 AM EDT Recommended 2 Florida firefighters help fight fires out west, say more help needed The 34 people who died in a diving boat fire off Southern California are being remembered by those who shared their love of the sea.Hundreds turned out Friday evening for a vigil at a Santa Barbara park.The dead were “our friends and our family members. Our common love of diving binds us together for eternity,” said Don Barthelmess, a local dive instructor.Thirty-four scuba tanks lined the stage.Mourners wept, embraced and placed white carnations in baskets. The flowers and a wreath were destined for an existing waterside memorial to those lost at sea.The dive boat Conception was gutted by fire and went down in about 65 feet of water before dawn Monday while anchored off Santa Cruz Island.Those who died were in a bunkroom below deck and probably were trapped as flames blocked a stairway and an escape hatch, authorities have said.Preliminary findings on the causes of death, announced by Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, raise the possibility the victims inhaled highly toxic smoke and died in their sleep before being scorched by flames that burned their bodies beyond recognition.“The indicators are from the preliminary examination of the bodies that the victims died prior to being burned,” Brown said.The revelation came as investigators searched for the cause of the deadly blaze and divers looked for the body of the one missing victim. The Coast Guard said safety concerns over gusty winds halted efforts to salvage the boat Friday afternoon.Gusts of up to 40 mph were expected through the weekend.The Conception’s captain and four other crew members jumped overboard and were the only survivors. They told investigators a harrowing tale of trying to get below decks to help the 33 guests and one crew member but finding themselves driven away by flames, heat and smoke.“Within minutes, they would’ve been consumed,” Glen Fritzler, co-owner of boat owner Truth Aquatics, Inc., told KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara. “So they did their best. They did re-enter the vessel from the back of the boat after they swam around it. They could not get to firefighting equipment because everything was engulfed.”Twenty-three of the 33 bodies recovered have been positively identified through DNA, and their family members around the world are being notified, the county sheriff said. Relatives have been tracked down as far away as Singapore, Japan and India.While local, state and federal agencies try to solve the mystery of what doomed the dive boat, the investigation has not turned criminal, although that is a possibility, Brown said.Under a federal law known as the seaman’s manslaughter statute, a captain or crew member can be charged with a crime if their negligence or misconduct results in death.Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who is a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said it’s too early to discuss charges.“There are lots questions to answer, including what even constitutes negligence. In other words, do you have to have somebody on watch, enough fire extinguishers or ways to, you know, get out — enough exits?” Levenson said. “Certainly, if they find out there was negligence or misconduct this is a possibility, but it’s too soon.”Brown said the cause and manner of death were being determined through external exams and not traditional autopsies. Final results will depend on toxicology tests.Dr. Howard Robin, an expert in forensic pathology, said lack of autopsies could present a challenge during any lawsuits brought by family members because those results are typically used to support damages for pain and suffering.Truth Aquatics pre-emptively filed a lawsuit Thursday under a pre-Civil War provision of maritime law that could protect it from potentially costly payouts to families of the dead, a move condemned by some observers as disrespectful and callous.The company said in a statement posted Friday on Instagram that the lawsuit is an “unfortunate side of these tragedies” and pinned the action on insurance companies and other so-called stakeholders.“This wouldn’t be something that we as a family would even consider,” Truth Aquatics said. “The timing is on them. Our hearts and minds are on the tragedy and finding answers.”___Melley reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writer John Antczak in Los Angeles contributed to this story. Related Articles:At least 8 killed in deadly boat fire off Southern California coastCrew member fulfilled dream before death in scuba boat fire Author: STEFANIE DAZIO and BRIAN MELLEY/APWriter:WINK News Seeping under doors, bad air from West’s fires won’t ease up center_img SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) Vigil held for 34 killed in California dive boat fire Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

Drops continue to plague UK receivers

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:8a981541aa9a61682cbc8419 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-107344-4607153347001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.He’s been doing the same routine as he always has, Barker says.Video | Dawson remains confidentPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:84aad7f369a119b7f0cefa23 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-414545-4605373127001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.UK offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson remains confident in his squad heading into the Vanderbilt game.Video | Towles says he will play at VanderbiltPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:9632a4081de9e1af7fec0d8f Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-168416-4605373135001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.UK quarterback Patrick Towles says he will play at Vanderbilt this week.LEXINGTON, Ky. – Regardless of who takes the majority of quarterback reps for the rest of the season, Kentucky’s receivers will need to do a better job catching the ball.Oct 3, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Dorian Baker (2) looks on during the game against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky defeated Eastern Kentucky 34-27 in overtime.Oct 3, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Dorian Baker (2) looks on during the game against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky defeated Eastern Kentucky 34-27 in overtime.Sophomore wide receiver Dorian Baker does not need to be reminded of the impact of his dropped passes this season. He takes them personally.“It’s just like a slap in the face,” Baker said. “It’s almost like someone slapping your mom.”During his second season at UK, Baker has begun to cash in on the considerable promise that had many fans looking to him as a potential breakout star. He has filled the Kentucky highlight reel with jaw-dropping one-handed catches and bone-jarring blocks, but a tendency to drop the routine pass has continued to hold him back.Report Card | UK football through 9 gamesBaker made headlines early in the season for dropping the first pass of the game in back to back weeks against South Carolina and Florida. Both plays could have gone for long gains, and the Florida drop came in the Gators’ end zone. Two plays after each drop, Kentucky lost the ball on an interception.As Kentucky’s team has faltered, the drop problem for Baker and the rest of the receivers has remained.With Kentucky trailing 17-3 in the third quarter at Georgia and looking to make one last attempt at a comeback, Patrick Towles’ first-down pass bounced off Bakers’ hands for an incompletion. Two plays later, Kentucky was forced to punt, and the Bulldogs scored on the next drive to take a commanding 24-3 lead.“It’s pretty frustrating, because I know my capabilities, I know what I can do personally,” Baker said. “For me to go out and drop a pass it just gets me down sometimes. I just can’t focus on that. I’ve just got to look forward and find other ways to help the team, whether it’s blocking, passing or whatever.”Baker’s drops may have been among the most memorable for Kentucky this season, but he is far from alone in the issue.Q&A: Stoops wants UK to enjoy football againAlmost every wide receiver in the primary rotation has dropped at least one pass in a key moment this season. Freshman tight end C.J. Conrad joined the group in the second quarter at Georgia with a drop on a first-down play deep in Bulldogs’ territory.With so many players affected at times by the drop problem, there is no clear cause for the issue.UK offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson credited Georgia for playing good defense on many of the borderline drops Saturday. Of the handful of “50-50” balls that Kentucky receivers were unable to come down with, Dawson estimated his team should have caught half of them.“Honestly, the other two or three would’ve been really hard, because their hands were in there or whatever,” he said. “So those balls are 50-50 balls anyway. But the ones that stick out are the ones that you drop that nobody’s on you, and that’s probably, in my opinion, an accumulation of just the whole offense being a little too tight. Just need to relax.”UK Practice Report | Dawson has plan for QBWide receivers coach Tommy Mainord said the drops have been a combination of physical and mental errors.“Every case is different,” he said. “The way I know how to fix it is to get back and go back to fundamentals and go back to concentrating on the little things and fine-tuning it.”Baker in particular has been criticized at times for failing to focus on the routine plays. Mainord noted, “Sometimes these guys are just so excited, they want it so bad.”UK head coach Mark Stoops was less forgiving.“I think it’s a focus about him and attention to detail,” Stoops said. “That’s an area where he needs to grow. It’s not acceptable. He needs to get better. He’s 10 games into his sophomore season, and he needs to play better than that.”Sign up to get more like this free in your inbox Session ID: 2020-09-18:52326f329996f4f442df1c00 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-117627-4607936678001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Says last month has been roller-coaster.Video | UK QB Drew Barker preparing as normalPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Baker and Mainord downplayed the importance of which quarterback is throwing passes to the Kentucky receivers at Vanderbilt.Regardless of whether Patrick Towles or Drew Barker takes the snaps behind center, the plays they throw to have been put on notice.“We’ve gotta have guys step up and make plays,” Stoops said. “We’ve gotta look at other guys and look at the rotation. Mentally our players need to step up and accept the challenge as well. They’re plenty capable of doing it.“That’s what you hear me talk about quite a bit throughout the seasons, about being mentally tough and being strong enough. That’s where you need to grow as a program. You don’t go down to Georgia and not play your very best and have a strong mindset. I’m not sure that was our best effort in that area.”Email Jon Hale at [email protected] . Follow him on Twitter @JonHale_CJ . Session ID: 2020-09-18:221d1e81ca2a40fb36837ce0 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-313926-4607938692001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Team will turn out OK if players focus on the basics, he says.Video | UK WR Dorian Baker takes drops personallyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. 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WMC volleyball squad falls to Covenant Christian in a four-set match

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Russian fighter flies 5 feet from U.S. plane over Black Sea: Navy

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A Russian fighter jet came within five feet of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft on Monday as it flew in international airspace above the Black Sea. The Navy labeled the encounter “unsafe” and said the American plane had done nothing to provoke the Russian action.“On Jan. 29, 2018, a U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft flying in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-27,” said a statement from U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa.“This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the SU-27 closing to within five feet and crossing directly through the EP-3’s flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the SU-27’s jet wash,” said the statement.The intercept lasted two hours and 40 minutes and the Navy said the American aircraft was operating in accordance with international law “and did not provoke the Russian activity.”“The Russian military is within its right to operate within international airspace, but they must behave within international standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents,” said the statement. “Unsafe actions increase the risk of miscalculation and midair collisions.”But the Russian Defense Ministry denied that its fighter’s actions were unsafe.“The whole flight of the Russian Su-27 was strictly in accordance with international airspace rules, there were no abnormal situations,” said a statement from Russia’s Ministry of Defense.The statement said the Russian fighter had been scrambled towards “an unidentified air target approaching the Russian airspace borders” over the Black Sea.It said the SU-27 “approached the aircraft at a safe distance and identified it as a U.S. Navy aircraft EP-3 Aries II.”Monday’s encounter is similar to another Russian intercept over the Black Sea in late November in which a Russian SU-30 fighter jet used its afterburners to fly in front of a Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane. The jet wash created by that action led the American aircraft to roll severely through the turbulence.That incident was the first “unsafe” encounter for a U.S. military aircraft in months.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more