UK: Five fishermen and two RNLI lifeboat crew were saved from the sea after a dramatic rescue off Shetland – Published 04 Mar 2017 1240z (GMT/UTC)

Five fishermen and two RNLI lifeboat crew were saved from the sea after a dramatic rescue when their trawler sank in bad weather.

(Image: RNLI)

(Image: RNLI)

The seven had to jump into the water just before the ship sank off Shetland as the sea was too rough to bring a lifeboat alongside. The alarm was raised at about 6.50am yesterday when the Lerwick-registered Ocean Way began taking on water. Lerwick RNLI lifeboat and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Sumburgh both rushed to the scene. Two RNLI crew, one of whom often crews on Skerries-based Ocean Way, were transferred to the trawler with a salvage pump. But the skipper decided the trawler could not be saved. The five crew and two RNLI volunteers jumped into the water minutes before the trawler sank at 8.20am. They were picked up by the lifeboat, crewed by eight volunteers, and taken back to Lerwick. A Norwegian fish carrier, the Gerda Saele, had put a pump on board while the helicopter began winching a third pump on board, but Ocean Way’s skipper decided to abandon ship. The trawler crew were all wearing life jackets and had an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon on board, pinpointing their position. Rescuers praised them for having the correct equipment. Lifeboat coxswain Alan Tarby said: “While the third pump was being winched on board the skipper decided to abandon ship and within minutes of him making that decision they got off and it sank, so it was a good call. “The rescue was made much easier because the Ocean Way’s crew were all wearing the correct safety equipment and had undergone safety training. “It was a good outcome even although the vessel was lost, all the crew were unharmed. The lifeboat crew performed very well, especially the two men who were in the water with the fishermen.” The fishermen were checked over by medics in Lerwick but did not need treatment. Mark Rodaway, commander for the UK Coastguard, said: “This was a difficult rescue in awful weather. In the conditions, the lifeboat had a difficult time trying to safely get alongside. “But I’m delighted to say that all five fishermen are safe and well and the fact they were all wearing life jackets ensured that they had the best chance of survival.”

RSOE March 04 2017 11:19 AM (UTC).

More here (inc video): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-39151952

India: At least 16 killed, 50+ critically injured in truck crash in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district – Published 26 Feb 2017 1617z (GMT/UTC)

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Meghalaya Accident (Image credit: http://viveremilano.biz)

At least 16 people were killed on Sunday when a truck they were in rammed into the concrete barricade of a road in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district, police said. More than 50 people were critically injured in the accident in Jdohkroh village, 11 km from Nongstoin, the district headquarters of West Khasi Hills. Police said the speeding truck was carrying over 60 people. Although earlier police estimated that over 30 people were traveling in the truck, later it was found that many fell into the deep gorge. The exact number of people traveling is yet to be ascertained. Sylvester Nongtnger, police chief of West Khasi Hills said all the victims were going towards Nonglang village to attend the synod of Presbyterian Church. “Twelve people died on the spot and four succumbed to their injuries in hospital,” Mr Nongtnger told IANS. The dead included nine women and a 13-year-old girl. The injured, including the driver and helper of the truck, have been rushed to nearby hospitals and to the Shillong Civil Hospital, the police said. Quoting witnesses, the police officer said the accident occurred due to reckless driving. “Nonetheless, we are investigating the cause of the accident.”

RSOE February 26 2017 12:08 PM (UTC).

China/Taiwan: Severe Tropical Storm Nepartak (1601, 02W) 082100Z POSITION near 23.7N 119.5E, moving N 01 Knot (JTWC) – Updated 08 Jul 2016 2040Z (GMT/UTC)

Severe Tropical Storm  Nepartak/ Butchoy in PH (1601, 02W)

MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 081800Z IS 18 FEET

Image: @wunderground 5 Day Forecast

Image: @wunderground 5 Day Forecast

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 Japan Meteorological agency

1601-00 8

 

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STS 1601 (Nepartak)
Issued at 18:45 UTC, 8 July 2016

<Analysis at 18 UTC, 8 July>
Scale
Intensity
Center position N23°40′ (23.7°)
E119°25′ (119.4°)
Direction and speed of movement NW 10 km/h (6 kt)
Central pressure 980 hPa
Maximum wind speed near center 30 m/s (60 kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 45 m/s (85 kt)
≥ 50 kt wind area ALL 90 km (50 NM)
≥ 30 kt wind area NE 330 km (180 NM)
SW 280 km (150 NM)
<Forecast for 18 UTC, 9 July>
Intensity
Center position of probability circle N25°30′ (25.5°)
E117°20′ (117.3°)
Direction and speed of movement NW 15 km/h (7 kt)
Central pressure 992 hPa
Maximum sustained wind speed 20 m/s (40 kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 30 m/s (60 kt)
Radius of probability circle 90 km (50 NM)
<Forecast for 18 UTC, 10 July>
Intensity
TD
Center position of probability circle N28°10′ (28.2°)
E117°30′ (117.5°)
Direction and speed of movement N 15 km/h (7 kt)
Central pressure 996 hPa
Radius of probability circle 200 km (110 NM)

Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

Tropical Storm 02W (Nepartak) Warning #24
Issued at 08/2100Z

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WTPN31 PGTW 082100
MSGID/GENADMIN/JOINT TYPHOON WRNCEN PEARL HARBOR HI//
SUBJ/TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING//
RMKS/
1. TROPICAL STORM 02W (NEPARTAK) WARNING NR 024
DOWNGRADED FROM TYPHOON 02W
01 ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE IN NORTHWESTPAC
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS BASED ON ONE-MINUTE AVERAGE
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY

WARNING POSITION:
081800Z — NEAR 23.4N 119.7E
MOVEMENT PAST SIX HOURS – 360 DEGREES AT 01 KTS
POSITION ACCURATE TO WITHIN 030 NM
POSITION BASED ON CENTER LOCATED BY A COMBINATION OF
SATELLITE AND RADAR
PRESENT WIND DISTRIBUTION:
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 060 KT, GUSTS 075 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
RADIUS OF 050 KT WINDS – 030 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
025 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
020 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
020 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
RADIUS OF 034 KT WINDS – 080 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
050 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
070 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
075 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
REPEAT POSIT: 23.4N 119.7E

FORECASTS:
12 HRS, VALID AT:
090600Z — 24.4N 119.0E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 040 KT, GUSTS 050 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
RADIUS OF 034 KT WINDS – 070 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
060 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
060 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
060 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
VECTOR TO 24 HR POSIT: 320 DEG/ 06 KTS

24 HRS, VALID AT:
091800Z — 25.3N 118.2E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 030 KT, GUSTS 040 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
DISSIPATING AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND
VECTOR TO 36 HR POSIT: 335 DEG/ 05 KTS

36 HRS, VALID AT:
100600Z — 26.2N 117.7E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 025 KT, GUSTS 035 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
DISSIPATING AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND
VECTOR TO 48 HR POSIT: 015 DEG/ 06 KTS

EXTENDED OUTLOOK:
48 HRS, VALID AT:
101800Z — 27.3N 118.0E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 020 KT, GUSTS 030 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
DISSIPATED AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND

REMARKS:
082100Z POSITION NEAR 23.7N 119.5E.
TROPICAL STORM 02W (NEPARTAK), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 142 NM
SOUTHWEST OF TAIPEI, TAIWAN, HAS TRACKED NORTHWARD AT 01 KNOTS
OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 081800Z
IS 18 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS AT 090300Z, 090900Z, 091500Z AND 092100Z.//
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NW Pacific: TSR Storm Alert issued at  6 Jul, 2016 6:00 GMT

NW Pacific: Storm Alert issued at 8 Jul, 2016 18:00 GMT

Tropical Storm NEPARTAK is currently located near 23.4 N 119.7 E with maximum 1-min sustained winds of 60kts (69 mph). NEPARTAK is forecast to affect land to the following likelihood(s) at the given lead time(s):
Red Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    Taiwan
        probability for CAT 1 or above is 35% currently
        probability for TS is 100% currently

Yellow Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    China
        probability for TS is 80% within 12 hours
Yellow Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    T’aichung (24.1 N, 120.7 E)
        probability for TS is 85% within 12 hours
    Quanzhou (25.0 N, 118.5 E)
        probability for TS is 80% in about 24 hours
    Putian (25.6 N, 119.0 E)
        probability for TS is 65% within 12 hours
    Kao-hsiung (22.6 N, 120.3 E)
        probability for TS is 60% currently
    Zhangzhou (24.5 N, 117.8 E)
        probability for TS is 55% within 12 hours

Note that
Red Alert (Severe) is CAT 1 or above to between 31% and 100% probability.
Yellow Alert (Elevated) is CAT 1 or above to between 10% and 30% probability, or TS to above 50% probability.
CAT 1 means Typhoon strength winds of at least 74 mph, 119 km/h or 64 knots 1-min sustained.
TS means Tropical Storm strength winds of at least 39 mph, 63 km/h or 34 knots 1-min sustained.

For graphical forecast information and further details please visit http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/

Image: TSR

Image: TSR

 

MARITIME/ SHIPPING

METAREA11 / TYPHOON_WARNING_JAPAN / 081800

WTJP21 RJTD 081800
WARNING 081800.
WARNING VALID 091800.
WARNING IS UPDATED EVERY 6 HOURS.
STORM WARNING.
SEVERE TROPICAL STORM 1601 NEPARTAK (1601) DOWNGRADED FROM TYPHOON
980 HPA
AT 23.7N 119.4E TAIWAN STRAIT MOVING NORTHWEST 06 KNOTS.
POSITION FAIR.
MAX WINDS 60 KNOTS NEAR CENTER.
RADIUS OF OVER 50 KNOT WINDS 50 MILES.
RADIUS OF OVER 30 KNOT WINDS 180 MILES NORTHEAST SEMICIRCLE AND 150
MILES ELSEWHERE.
FORECAST POSITION FOR 091800UTC AT 25.5N 117.3E WITH 50 MILES RADIUS
OF 70 PERCENT PROBABILITY CIRCLE.
992 HPA, MAX WINDS 40 KNOTS.
EXTENDED OUTLOOK.
FORECAST POSITION FOR 101800UTC AT 28.2N 117.5E WITH 110 MILES RADIUS
OF 70 PERCENT PROBABILITY CIRCLE.
996 HPA.
BECOMING TROPICAL DEPRESSION.

JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY.=

END

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Wales: Aberystwyth Lifeboat rescues crashed paraglider from sea – Published 16 May 2016 1021Z (GMT/UTC)

At 4:15pm on Sunday (15 May) whilst returning from the rescue of an inflatable, the RNLI Arancia inshore rescue boat was tasked by the coastguard to go and assist a paraglider who was believed to have collided with the cliffs and crashed into the sea.

The paraglider was believed to have collided between Clarach and Constitution hill and crashed into the sea.

The volunteers on board the Arancia quickly headed back out to sea, whilst the stations larger RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat Spirit of Friendship was launched to assist in the search and rescue.

The paragliders flying partner had seen his friend disappear and quickly landed on top of the cliffs, raising the alarm by calling 999 when he could only see his friend’s paraglider in the sea.

Both lifeboats searched along the cliffs and soon spotted the casualty clinging onto the cliffs, whilst still attached to his paraglider. The canopy was filling with water in the sea and being dragged by the tide, pulling on the casualties body.

In quite a rocky area, the Arancia was able to make its way close to the casualty and took aboard the canopy allowing the casualty to remove himself from the equipment. A crewmember entered the water and carried out a first aid assessment of the casualty who had managed to land in the water and miss both the cliffs and surrounding rocks without injury but who was very cold after being in the sea.

The casualty was put into a lifejacket by the crewman who also provided protection against the waves and ensured the casualty was safe whilst the Arancia manoeuvred into position at the base of the cliffs to safely extract everyone. The casualty was transferred to the Atlantic 85, where he was given another first aid assessment and put into to equipment to keep him warm.

Both lifeboats returned to the RNLI station where the casualty was warmed up and able to get dry whilst being assessed by waiting Ambulance staff. Although cold and shaken he did not need to go to hospital and was picked up by friend who was relieved to see him safe and well. – RNLI

Credit: RNLI/Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth RNLI rescue crashed paraglider from sea

 

Afghanistan: 9 MSF staff killed, 37 people injured (19 were staff) in hospital US airstrike in Kunduz – Published 03 Oct 2015 1000z (GMT/UTC)

UPDATED 03 Oct 2015 10:55 GMT

Air strike kills MSF medical staff in Afghanistan

Nine Doctors Without Borders staff killed in bombing of hospital in Kunduz, as NATO admits it may have been involved.

Surviving MSF staff were in shock after the clinic in Kunduz sustained heavy damage in the bombardment [MSF/Al Jazeera]

Surviving MSF staff were in shock after the clinic in Kunduz sustained heavy damage in the bombardment [MSF/Al Jazeera]

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says at least nine of its staff have been killed in an overnight bombing of a hospital in the embattled Afghan city of Kunduz.

Another 37 people were wounded in the attack, including 19 MSF staff, the medical charity organisation told Al Jazeera.

NATO said on Friday that a US air strike “may have” hit the hospital, which is run by the medical charity, adding that the attack may have resulted in collateral damage.

An MSF spokesperson told Al Jazeera that the death toll is likely to rise, as the “fluid situation at the clinic hampered information gathering.

“The bombing struck the dormitories of the hospital, which explains why we – so far – have only seen deaths among our staff and not among patients,” MSF spokesperson Dalila Mahdawi said.

The MSF hospital is seen as a key medical lifeline in the region, which has been running “beyond capacity” in recent days of fighting which saw the Taliban seize control of the provincial capital for several days.

“At 2:10 am (20:40 GMT) local time … the MSF trauma centre in Kunduz was hit several times during sustained bombing and was very badly damaged,” MSF said in a statement on Friday.

At the time of the bombing, 105 patients and their caretakers and more than 80 MSF international and national staff were present in the hospital, the charity said.

NATO investigation

NATO said in a statement that US forces conducted an air strike in Kunduz at 2:15am local time “against individuals threatening the force”.

“The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility. This incident is under investigation,” the statement said.

MSF said it gave the coordinates of the hospital to Afghan and US forces several times to avoid being caught in crossfire.

“As MSF does in all conflict contexts, these precise locations were communicated to all parties on multiple occasions over the past months, including most recently on 29 September,” according to MSF Afghanistan representatives.

The bombing reportedly continued for more than 30 minutes after US and Afghan military offices in Kabul and Washington were first informed.


Residents tell of suffering as battle for Kunduz rages


“MSF urgently seeks clarity on exactly what took place and how this terrible event could have happened,” MSF said.

The MSF trauma centre in Kunduz is the only medical facility in the region that can deal with major injuries.

Following the attack, the medical charity urged all parties involved in the violence to respect the safety of health facilities, patients and staff.

Speaking to Al Jazeera after the attack, Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said that no Taliban fighters were present in the hospital at the time of the air strike.

“We condemn the bombing on the hospital. It was an attack carried out on innocent people.” Zabiullah told Al Jazeera.

“Our mujahedeen (fighters) were not treated at the MSF trauma center due to prevailing military conditions. Such attacks by the US forces have taken place in Afghanistan for years now. This very attack has once again exposed the ruthless colors of the invaders to the Afghans,” he added.

MSF’s hospital is the only facility of its kind in the whole north-eastern region of Afghanistan [MSF]

However, Sediq Sediqqi, an Afghan interior ministry spokesperson, claimed the fighters were attacking security forces with gunfire and grenades from an area near the hospital.

“According to our information, the Taliban were hiding in the hospital building and the area around it while attacking the forces,” Sediqqi said.

“We are assessing and evaluating the collateral damage to the medical facility. However, in any case, the safety of the civilians comes first,” he added.

A caretaker at the hospital, who was severely injured in the air strike, told Al Jazeera that clinic’s medical staff did not favour any side the conflict.

“We are here to help and treat civilians,” Abdul Manar said.

“Several women and children are also killed in the strike. I could hear them screaming for help inside the hospital while it was set ablaze by the bombing. We are terrified and speechless.”

Battle for Kunduz

The development came a day after the Afghan government claimed it had successfully retaken parts of Kunduz from Taliban fighters who had controlled the strategic city since Monday.

The Taliban, however, claimed it remained in control of most of Kunduz, our correspondent said.

Kunduz is facing a humanitarian crisis, with thousands of civilians caught in the crossfire between government forces and Taliban fighters.

Precise losses in the fighting were not known, but health authorities said on Friday that at least 60 people have been killed and 400 wounded.

As fighting spreads in neighbouring Badakhshan, Takhar and Baghlan provinces, concerns are mounting that the seizure of Kunduz was merely the opening gambit in a new, bolder Taliban strategy to tighten the grip across northern Afghanistan.

Afghan forces, backed by NATO special forces and US air strikes, have been going from house to house in Kunduz in a bid to flush Taliban fighters out of the city.

Al Jazeera’s Qais Azimy, reporting from Puli Khumri, about 130km from Kunduz, said heavy fighting was ongoing in the centre of Kunduz.

“Sources inside the city are reporting heavy clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan army. There is no set frontline between the two sides so the fighting is from street to street at the moment.

“People inside the city are suffering. There is a shortage of food, water and electricity,” our correspondent said.

The Taliban’s offensive in Kunduz, their biggest tactical success since 2001, marks a major blow for Afghanistan’s Western-trained forces, who have largely been fighting on their own since last December.

Civilian and military casualties caused by NATO forces have been one of the most contentious issues in the 14-year campaign against the Taliban, provoking harsh public and government criticism.

US-led NATO forces ended their combat mission in Afghanistan last December, though a 13,000-strong residual force remains for training and counterterrorism operations.

But there has been an escalation in air strikes by NATO forces in recent months despite the drawdown.

Additional reporting by Shereena Qazi. Follow her on Twitter @ShereenaQazi

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

Australia (QLD): Twelve people, mostly children, rescued from waters off Turnagain Island in the Torres Strait – Published 26 Sept 2015 0930z (GMT/UTC)

ABC News

Torres Strait rescue: Twelve people, including children, saved during night time ocean rescue

Posted about 2 hours ago

Twelve people, most of them children, were rescued from waters off Turnagain Island in the Torres Strait overnight after two boats got into difficulty while making a trip from Thursday Island to Saibai Island.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) coordinated the search after it detected an emergency beacon registered to a five-metre dingy in the vicinity of Turnagain Island about 9pm.

A helicopter was diverted to the scene by AMSA and located the first vessel which was taking on water and drifting towards a small island surrounded by crocodile-infested mangroves.

“We found a boat that had nine people on board that was bailing water. The people had rigged a makeshift sail and were luckily drifting into an island,” a rescue pilot said.

“We flew over to the island to illuminate the coastline for them. There was nothing else around for them to get to. They drifted into the island and landed in an estuary.”

The first rescue helicopter left the scene as it was running low on fuel while a second helicopter attended and winched a rescue swimmer down to the group.

The group advised rescuers there was a second dingy which had overturned with three people on board and they were still in the water.

According to AMSA a search was commenced immediately and a dingy with three people clinging to the hull was sighted in rough seas a short time later in the vicinity of Turnagain Island, about 37 kilometres from Sabai Island.

“We went out and searched and found the other people clinging to an overturned boat,” the pilot said.

“A Navy ship was nearby that was diverted and also a police vessel was on the scene to help coordinate that rescue too.”

Fortunately the three people from the overturned dingy were all wearing life jackets which contributed to their safe rescue, the AMSA said in a statement.

“It also helped that the beacon was correctly registered. From the beacon registration information, JRCC Australia was able to get early information about the number of boats and people to plan an appropriate rescue response,” the AMSA said.

Queensland Police confirmed there were multiple children involved in the incident, including an eight-year-old boy, all of whom were rescued and taken to family on Saibai Island.

The search and rescue mission included two rescue helicopters, a fixed-wing aircraft, a police vessel and a Navy vessel. –
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-26/twelve-people-rescued-from-waters-off-horn-island-torres-strait/6807078

Pacific Ocean/ Japan: Severe Tropical Storm Etau (18W) 08/1500Z 32.1N 138.2E, moving N at 19 Knots (JMA) – Updated 08 Sept 2015 1518Z (GMT/UTC)

Tropical Storm Etau (1518, 18W)

MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 081200Z IS 15 FEET (JTWC)

(Image: wunderground.com) 5 Day Forecast

(Image: wunderground.com) 5 Day Forecast

(Image: wunderground.com) Satellite

(Image: wunderground.com) Satellite

Japan Meteorological agency

1518-00 8

Tropical cyclones do not necessarily move along the lines
connecting the centers of probability circles.

Unit:
1KT(knot) = 1.852 km/h = 0.5144 m/s
1NM(nautical mile) = 1.852 km

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STS 1518 (ETAU)
Issued at 15:45 UTC, 8 September 2015

<Analyses at 08/15 UTC>
Scale
Intensity
Center position N32°05′(32.1°)
E138°10′(138.2°)
Direction and speed of movement N 35km/h(19kt)
Central pressure 985hPa
Maximum wind speed near the center 25m/s(50kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 35m/s(70kt)
Area of 30kt winds or more NE330km(180NM)
SW170km(90NM)
<Estimate for 08/16 UTC>
Scale
Intensity
Center position N32°25′(32.4°)
E138°10′(138.2°)
Direction and speed of movement N 35km/h(19kt)
Central pressure 985hPa
Maximum wind speed near the center 25m/s(50kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 35m/s(70kt)
Area of 30kt winds or more NE330km(180NM)
SW170km(90NM)
<Forecast for 08/21 UTC>
Intensity
Center position of probability circle N33°50′(33.8°)
E137°40′(137.7°)
Direction and speed of movement N 35km/h(19kt)
Central pressure 980hPa
Maximum wind speed near the center 30m/s(55kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 40m/s(80kt)
Radius of probability circle 60km(30NM)
Storm warning area NE130km(70NM)
SW90km(50NM)
<Forecast for 09/03 UTC>
Intensity
Center position of probability circle N35°25′(35.4°)
E136°35′(136.6°)
Direction and speed of movement NNW 35km/h(18kt)
Central pressure 990hPa
Maximum wind speed near the center 23m/s(45kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 35m/s(65kt)
Radius of probability circle 90km(50NM)
<Forecast for 09/09 UTC>
Intensity
Center position of probability circle N36°35′(36.6°)
E135°25′(135.4°)
Direction and speed of movement NNW 30km/h(17kt)
Central pressure 992hPa
Maximum wind speed near the center 20m/s(40kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 30m/s(60kt)
Radius of probability circle 120km(65NM)
<Forecast for 09/15 UTC>
Intensity
LOW
Center position of probability circle N37°40′(37.7°)
E134°20′(134.3°)
Direction and speed of movement NW 30km/h(15kt)
Central pressure 994hPa
Maximum sustained wind speed 18m/s(35kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 25m/s(50kt)
Radius of probability circle 140km(75NM)

Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

Tropical Storm 18W (Etau) Warning #08
Issued at 08/1500Z

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WTPN32 PGTW 081500
MSGID/GENADMIN/JOINT TYPHOON WRNCEN PEARL HARBOR HI//
SUBJ/TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING//
RMKS/
1. TROPICAL STORM 18W (ETAU) WARNING NR 008
02 ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONES IN NORTHWESTPAC
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS BASED ON ONE-MINUTE AVERAGE
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY

WARNING POSITION:
081200Z — NEAR 31.2N 138.3E
MOVEMENT PAST SIX HOURS – 360 DEGREES AT 21 KTS
POSITION ACCURATE TO WITHIN 060 NM
POSITION BASED ON CENTER LOCATED BY SATELLITE
PRESENT WIND DISTRIBUTION:
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 045 KT, GUSTS 055 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
RADIUS OF 034 KT WINDS – 055 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
050 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
045 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
055 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
REPEAT POSIT: 31.2N 138.3E

FORECASTS:
12 HRS, VALID AT:
090000Z — 34.8N 137.1E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 050 KT, GUSTS 065 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
VECTOR TO 24 HR POSIT: 330 DEG/ 15 KTS

24 HRS, VALID AT:
091200Z — 37.4N 135.3E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 040 KT, GUSTS 050 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
BECOMING EXTRATROPICAL
RADIUS OF 034 KT WINDS – 040 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
040 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
035 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
040 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
VECTOR TO 36 HR POSIT: 315 DEG/ 07 KTS

36 HRS, VALID AT:
100000Z — 38.3N 134.1E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 030 KT, GUSTS 040 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
BECOMING EXTRATROPICAL
VECTOR TO 48 HR POSIT: 015 DEG/ 08 KTS

EXTENDED OUTLOOK:
48 HRS, VALID AT:
101200Z — 39.9N 134.6E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 020 KT, GUSTS 030 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
EXTRATROPICAL

REMARKS:
081500Z POSITION NEAR 32.1N 138.0E.
TROPICAL STORM 18W (ETAU), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 256 NM SOUTH-
SOUTHWEST OF YOKOSUKA, JAPAN, HAS TRACKED NORTHWARD AT 21 KNOTS
OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 081200Z
IS 15 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS AT 082100Z, 090300Z, 090900Z AND 091500Z.
REFER TO HURRICANE 03C (KILO) WARNINGS (WTPN31 PGTW) FOR SIX-HOURLY
UPDATES.//
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TSR NW Pacific: Storm Alert issued at 8 Sep, 2015 12:00 GMT

Tropical Storm ETAU (18W) currently located near 31.2 N 138.3 E is forecast to strike land to the following likelihood(s) at the given lead time(s):

Yellow Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    Japan
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OTHER REPORTS

Around 73,000 people were instructed to evacuate their homes in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Tuesday as an approaching typhoon brought heavy rain to the area in central Japan.

Typhoon Etau is located south of the Japanese archipelago and moving north. It is likely to come close to Japan on Wednesday morning and possibly make landfall, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. The agency has already issued heavy rain warnings for parts of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka and Aichi prefectures, and is alerting people to severe rain over a swath of the country from Tokyo and its surrounding region to the main island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan. If the typhoon moves northward on its projected course, it may make landfall on the Kii Peninsula at some point. At 12 p.m., the typhoon was located about 430 kilometers west-northwest of Chichijima Island in the Ogasawara island chain, moving north at a speed of 25 km per hour. The storm was packing winds of up to 126 kph with an atmospheric pressure of 990 hectopascals at its center. In Hamamatsu, some homes appear to have been flooded because of the rain, according to the municipal government. Some roads have also been closed to traffic due to flooding.

Tuesday, 08 September, 2015 at 11:07 (11:07 AM) UTC RSOE

BBC Japan hit by severe flooding and landslides – 10 Sept 2015 (GMT/UTC)

Widespread flooding and landslides in north-east Japan have forced more than 90,000 people to abandon their homes.

The city of Joso, north of the capital, Tokyo, was hit by a wall of water after the Kinugawa River burst its banks. Helicopter rescue teams have been plucking people from rooftops.

One person has been reported missing in the region and at least 12 are injured.

The rains come a day after Typhoon Etau brought winds of up to 125km/h (78mph) to central Aichi prefecture.

“This is a scale of downpour that we have not experienced before. Grave danger could be imminent,” the chief forecaster at the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Takuya Deshimaru, told an emergency press conference earlier on Thursday.

The hardest-hit areas have been Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures. Japan’s Meteorological Agency had put both regions on its highest level of alert.

Television footage from Joso in Ibaraki showed people clinging to the rooftops before helicopter rescue teams winched them to safety.

Entire homes and cars were carried away on the torrent as the Kinugawa River burst its banks after two days of heavy rainfall.

In Tochigi, more than 500mm (19 inches) of rain fell in 24 hours in places, according to local public broadcaster NHK, which said that was about double what normally falls there throughout the whole of September.

Parts of central Tochigi have seen almost 60cm of rain since Monday evening, breaking records.

Many other areas of eastern and north-eastern Japan have also been issued weather warnings, including Fukushima prefecture, home to the still-damaged nuclear plant hit in 2011’s earthquake and tsunami.

The downpour overwhelmed the site’s drainage pumps, a spokesman for operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said. Huge volumes of water, used to cool the plant’s crippled reactors, are being stored at the site.

Landslides and flooding

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 15 people had been injured across Japan. Two were elderly women seriously injured after being knocked over by strong winds.

Local media reported one person missing after a landslide hit a house in Kanuma, Tochigi prefecture.

Some areas had power cuts and transport was disrupted, with many air and train services cancelled or delayed. Some roads were also closed.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the authorities were doing their best.

“The government will stand united and do its best to deal with the disaster… by putting its highest priority on people’s lives,” he told reporters.

Last month, powerful Typhoon Goni hit Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu, killing at least one person and injuring 70 others.

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WARNING 081500.
WARNING VALID 091500.
STORM WARNING.
SEVERE TROPICAL STORM 1518 ETAU (1518) 985 HPA
AT 32.1N 138.2E SEA SOUTH OF JAPAN MOVING NORTH 19 KNOTS.
POSITION FAIR.
MAX WINDS 50 KNOTS NEAR CENTER.
RADIUS OF OVER 30 KNOT WINDS 180 MILES NORTHEAST SEMICIRCLE AND 90
MILES ELSEWHERE.
FORECAST POSITION FOR 090300UTC AT 35.4N 136.6E WITH 50 MILES RADIUS
OF 70 PERCENT PROBABILITY CIRCLE.
990 HPA, MAX WINDS 45 KNOTS NEAR CENTER.
FORECAST POSITION FOR 091500UTC AT 37.7N 134.3E WITH 75 MILES RADIUS
OF 70 PERCENT PROBABILITY CIRCLE.
994 HPA, MAX WINDS 35 KNOTS.
BECOMING EXTRATROPICAL LOW.

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China: 50 Killed, 700+ injured in massive Tianjin explosions. 12 of the dead were firefighters (videos) – Published 13 Aug 2015 1250z (GMT/UTC)

50 people killed and more than 700 were hospitalized, 71 of them for serious injuries. Contact lost with 36 firefighters, 12 of the 44 killed were firefighters – BBC latest.

Update 3:

As Chinese rescue workers and emergency services raced to respond to the deadly explosions that rocked the port city of Tianjin Wednesday, another group of Chinese officials, with a very different purpose also sprang into action: the country’s censors and security officials intent on limiting coverage of the disaster by conventional media outlets and social media. Authorities in Tianjin have been attempting to tightly control information about the disaster. Journalists and nonessential personnel were being kept six miles away from the scene of the blasts, the Los Angeles Times reported. In addition, a CNN correspondent reporting live from outside a hospital was seen being accosted by security officials live on air. In the video below [the confrontation starts around 1:48] reporter Will Ripley is confronted by several men, demanding that he end his broadcast, and shouting “stop recording” in Chinese. His feed is then cut, and the studio anchor comments that such incidents have “happened many times over the years in any number of stories in China.” In addition, local Chinese outlets reportedly had trouble being able to report on the incident. One journalist who took photographs inside a Tianjin hospital was threatened by security guards and told to delete the images, the Hong Kong Free Press reported. Local station Tianjin Television was reportedly airing a Korean soap opera 8 hours after the incident, as reporters waited for permission to start covering the story. Media censorship of this kind is not new in China, particularly when it comes to coverage of national disasters. After a 2011 train crash that left 39 people dead and over 200 injured, propaganda directives issued by Chinese authorities leaked online, which showed that reporters were warned not to run investigative reports or commentary, but rather focus on “stories that are extremely moving, for example people donating blood and taxi drivers not accepting fares,” the BBC reported. “From now on, the Wenzhou train accident should be reported along the theme of ‘major love in the face of major disaster’,” the directives added. The strategy ultimately backfired, prompting online anger from citizens who accused the authorities of “arrogance.” In the world of social media, users of Sina Weibo, China’s hugely popular version of Twitter, were reporting Thursday that some of their posts about the Tianjin disaster were being censored or deleted, according to the Associated Press. In addition, the number of searchable posts on the disaster fluctuated, in a sign that authorities were manipulating or placing limits on the number of posts.

Thursday, 13 August, 2015 at 07:56 UTC RSOE

Update 2:

A series of huge explosions shook the northern Chinese city of Tianjin late Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and injuring hundreds more, according to officials and state media. The cause was not immediately clear. Liu Yue, a 25-year-old Tianjin resident, said she felt the first blast but didn’t think too much of it. “The second explosion was so powerful that I felt the entire 16-floor-building was shaking,” said Liu, who lives about 4 kilometers (21 miles) from the site of the blasts. “I thought it was an earthquake! I was extremely scared. I was afraid my family was in danger.” The initial explosion erupted at a warehouse for a logistics company in an industrial area of the port city, according to Tianjin police. The company was identified as Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd. The state-run news agency Xinhua reported that an explosion tore through a warehouse storing “dangerous and chemical goods” in Binhai, an area of the city by the water. The firefighting division of the Chinese Public Security Ministry said firefighters were first called to the scene about a fire. An explosion went off after they arrived, it said. As smoke continued to billow into the sky from the site Thursday, local authorities suspended firefighting efforts at the scene because of a lack of information on the “dangerous goods” that were stored at the warehouse, Xinhua reported. Xinhua reported Thursday that 12 firefighters were among the dead and that dozens more remained unaccounted for in the aftermath of the blasts. Video from late Wednesday showed a blinding blast of light and smoke that sent fireballs shooting across the night sky. That was followed by an even bigger explosion, the force of which appeared to knock over the video camera. The shock waves were felt kilometers away, Xinhua reported, and some residents said windows and fish tanks had been shattered. The state-run China Earthquake Networks Center said in an official post on social media that two of the explosions had carried the force of small earthquakes. The first was measured at magnitude of 2.3, the second at 2.9, it said. As day broke Thursday, the extent of the damage was beginning to become clear. State media carried images of damaged buildings and parking lots full of rows of burned-out cars. Xinhua said that 44 people were killed and more than 500 were hospitalized, 66 of them for critical injuries. It had reported earlier that most of the injuries were from stones or broken glass.

Thursday, 13 August, 2015 at 07:07 UTC RSOE

Update 1:

Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring as many as 400, official Chinese media reported. Authorities had lost contact with 36 firefighters on the scene, the official Beijing News newspaper reported, citing the Tianjin fire department. The force of the explosions unnerved residents across much of the city of 15 million people, with some posting videos on the Internet that showed giant fireballs shooting into the sky and shock waves buffeting apartment blocks and cars. Fires were still burning after dawn, with photographs on Chinese news websites showing what appeared to be several destroyed buildings as well as torched cars at a multi-storey car park inside a logistics base at Tianjin Port. The port, one of the busiest in China, was operating normally, a port official said. President Xi Jinping demanded that authorities quickly extinguish the fires and “make full effort to rescue and treat the injured and ensure the safety of people and their property”, China Central Television (CCTV) said on its official microblog. CCTV said the blasts erupted in a shipment of explosives at around 11:30 p.m. local time (1530 GMT), triggering a shockwave that was felt kilometres (miles) away. The second blast came roughly 30 seconds after the first, state media said. Video posted on YouTube from what appeared to be an apartment building some distance from the scene showed fire shooting into the night sky from the initial blast when the second, much bigger, explosion rocked the area, sending a huge fireball into the air. Seconds later, shockwaves hit the apartment building. “Our building is shaking. Is this an atomic bomb?” said a frenzied voice inside. In other amateur video which appears to be shot closer to the scene, people scream from inside a car as the shockwave hits from the second blast, rocking their vehicle. The official People’s Daily newspaper said the death toll was 17 while other state media said six firefighters were among the dead. The official Xinhua news agency gave varying estimates of between 300 and 400 injured, with 32 critically hurt. Xinhua said the explosions ripped through a warehouse storing “dangerous goods”. The first explosion was equivalent to 3 tonnes of TNT and the second blast 21 tonnes of TNT, it said. It identified the owner of the warehouse as Tianjin Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics. The company’s website said it was a government-approved firm specialising in handling “dangerous goods”. Company officials could not immediately be reached for comment. anadian teacher Monica Andrews told the BBC that she awoke in panic after what she thought was an earthquake. “I … looked out the window and the sky was red … I just watched a second explosion go off and (it was) just pure chaos, everyone leaving their apartment buildings thinking it’s an earthquake, cars trying to leave the complex and … it was crazy the amount of light that this explosion and fire lit up,” she said. Pictures posted on Chinese media websites also showed residents and workers, some bleeding, fleeing from near the scene. Citing a local hospital, Xinhua said people had been hurt by broken glass and stones. CCTV said on its website about 100 fire trucks had been sent to the scene. Several fire trucks had been destroyed and nearby firefighters wept as they worked to extinguish flames, the Beijing News said. Tianjin is home to around 15 million people, making it one of the biggest cities in China. Industrial accidents are not uncommon in China following three decades of breakneck economic growth. A blast at an auto parts factory in eastern China killed 75 people a year ago when a room filled with metal dust exploded.

Thursday, 13 August, 2015 at 04:27 UTC RSOE

Initial Report:

Massive, deadly explosions have erupted in the major Chinese port city of Tianjin, sending a fireball and mushroom cloud into the night sky and causing at least 17 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The explosions ripped through a warehouse storing hazardous goods near the port’s container terminal at around 11.30pm local time on Wednesday. The two biggest blasts occurred within 30 seconds of each other and caused extensive damage in the surrounding area, blowing out the glass on nearby high-rise buildings. The force of the blasts were felt kilometres away and registered on earthquake scales. Eyewitness videos, apparently taken from nearby apartments overlooking the area, quickly circulated on Chinese social media, some capturing a major blast, which sent a mushroom cloud tens of metres into the sky. Hundreds of injured people crowded into nearby hospitals, many arriving on foot, car and taxi overwhelming emergency services. Of the more than 400 report injured, at least 32 remained in a critical condition on Thursday morning. In one video of the explosion on Weibo, people can be heard reacting with shock and fear in Mandarin. “What about the people in that area?” one person can be heard saying as they watch the fire, before a major explosion occurs. Another voice can be heard saying “I’m scared to death”, before a woman exclaims “I can’t open the door”. Another video being circulated, purporting to be security camera footage from near the blast, shows a man standing inside a building in front of glass doors, before an explosion blows the doors and walls inwards, knocking the man to the ground. The city’s fire department first received reports at 10:50 pm about a fire at the warehouse, used by Ruihai International Logistics, a company that handles hazardous materials. Two firefighters were reported missing after the explosions, while another four were injured, it said. The precise nature of the materials that exploded was not made clear, and there was no indication whether the blast was accidental or intentional. The strength of the explosions also shattered windows of nearby buildings, and eyewitnesses reported feeling the blasts from kilometres away. The blasts were so massive they were reportedly visible from space, captured by the Japanese weather satellite Himawari 8.

Thursday, 13 August, 2015 at 03:04 (03:04 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports:

BBC

China explosion: Tianjin death toll rises in port blasts

Media caption Drone footage showed the devastation caused by the explosions

At least 44 people are known to have died, and more than 500 injured, following two major explosions in China’s northern port city of Tianjin.

Twelve firefighters are among those who lost their lives; 36 are still missing.

The blasts happened in a warehouse for hazardous chemicals and caused a huge fireball that could be seen from space.

Hospitals have been overwhelmed with people seeking treatment for injuries caused by flying glass and debris. Some 66 people are in a serious condition.

President Xi Jinping has promised a thorough investigation into what happened and “transparent information disclosure to the public,” Xinhua news agency reports.

The first explosion occurred at about 23:30 local time (15:30 GMT) on Wednesday in the city’s Binhai New Area, a vast industrial zone which houses car factories, aircraft assembly lines and other manufacturing and research firms.

The blast was followed seconds later by another, more powerful blast, and a series of smaller explosions.

Buildings within a 2km radius (1.5 miles) had windows blown out, office blocks were destroyed and hundreds of cars burnt-out.

The impact of the blasts could be felt several kilometres away, and was registered as seismic activity at a US Geological Survey monitoring unit in Beijing 160km (100 miles) away.

The China Earthquake Networks Centre said the magnitude of the first explosion was the equivalent of detonating three tonnes of TNT, while the second was the equivalent of 21 tonnes.

Blast ‘like end of the world’

Pictures reveal devastation

Daylight revealed the extent of the devastation around the warehouse
Buildings and cars within a two kilometre radius of the explosion were destroyed
Hundreds of people were injured by flying glass and debris
Shipping container boxes were crumpled by the heat
Tianjin is a major port and industrial area to the south-east of Beijing

“I saw fire burning and then: Boom! There was an explosion. My first reaction was to run as fast as I could and get down on the ground to save my life,” Wu Dejun, 38, a hairstylist, told Reuters.

“When I escaped, I had blood all over me.”

“It was like what we were told a nuclear bomb would be like,” truck driver Zhao Zhencheng told the AP news agency. “I’ve never even thought I’d see such a thing. It was terrifying, but also beautiful.”

Media caption Pictures and video shared on social media showed the moment of the blast

The blast ripped apart a nearby dormitory for migrant workers, who were forced to flee the collapsing building.

“I rolled off the bed after the first shockwave hit, so I scrambled to run for my life,” said resident Dan Agio.

“When I reach downstairs the second blast happened. It’s as if the sky collapsed. In a blink of an eye, the roof fell.”

Media caption Explosions survivor “The second blast blew me away”

As of 12:00 local time (04:00 GMT), 44 people had died and a total of 520 people were being treated in hospital, Xinhua reported.

Around 1,000 firefighters, along with 140 fire engines, spent the night tackling the flames.

A number were reportedly already on the scene at the time of the explosions, having been called out to earlier reports of a fire in the area.

There was an outpouring of support for them on social media as it became apparent that they were among the dead, injured and missing.

Media caption The BBC’s John Sudworth reports from inside the blast zone

Hospitals struggled to cope as residents rushed there to be treated for injuries or for news of missing loved ones.

Many without injuries responded for calls to donate blood, and long queues formed outside blood donation centres.

Chinese media has reported that the blasts happened after a shipment of explosives detonated in a warehouse owned by Ruihai Logistics, a company that specialises in handling dangerous and toxic chemicals.

State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said at least one person from the “relevant company” had been detained for questioning.

There has been some criticism in Chinese media that a warehouse containing such dangerous chemicals should have been sited near a main road, housing complexes and office blocks.

Tianjin, home to some 15 million people, is a major port and industrial area to the south-east of the Chinese capital, Beijing.

Tests are being undertaken to check pollution levels both in the air and water around Tianjin. Tanker traffic in and out of the port has been disrupted.

The blasts caused a huge fireball that lit up the night sky

People flooded on to nearby streets shortly after the explosions

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Ireland: Teen girl in Wicklow Mountains rescue – Published 150615 1650z (GMT/UTC)

On Monday the 15th of June at approximately 02.49hrs in the morning both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Siochana to come to the assistance of a young woman who had become unwell while out camping out with friends on Bray Head.

The HSE Ambulance was also on scene and Mountain Rescue personnel assisted HSE Paramedics in treating the woman before stretchering her down to a waiting ambulance. She was then transported to hospital for definitive care.
Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved including: The HSE Ambulance Service, An Garda Siochana and the Bray First Responders who were also on scene. – Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team

Callout 28 – Bray Head – June 15th

At approximately 3am on June 15th the Gardaí tasked the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the Glen Of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team to assist with a teenage girl who had become unwell.

HSE Personnel were also responding and an RV was set up at Raheen car park. Despite the early hour a stretcher party was assembled quickly and went to locate the young casualty who had been camping on Bray Head with a few college friends.

MR Personnel assisted the HSE with her treatment before she could be packaged for the relatively short stretcher evacuation. Other MR personnel also assisted the girls friends down from the summit.The young lady was then transferred to a HSE Ambulance for transfer to hospital and definitive care. The incident was stood down at 05.24.

Thanks to all the agencies involved and to all those who responded at such an early hour. –

Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team
Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team's photo.
Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team's photo.
Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team's photo.
Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team's photo.

South Africa: 2 Men swept off rocks rescued, seriously injured, at Plettenberg Bay – Published 170515 1913z (GMT/UTC)

At 14h18 on Sunday the 17th of May, NSRI Plettenberg bay duty crew were activated following reports from an ex NSRI crewman, Dr. Herman Nel, reporting that he and his family had come across a situation, while hiking on the Robberg Nature Reserve hiking trail, where two men had been swept off rocks at Robberg Nature reserve hiking trail. One man was missing and one man seriously injured. The injured man was with some hikers, believed to be from Canada, who had found him.
Dr. Nel began emergency treatment on the 39 year old man who was suffering multiple lacerations, severe bruising to his body, arms and legs, and suspected fractures to an right arm and a leg.
Dr. Nel was able to determine from the 39 year old that he and his 34 year old friend (both from Vanderbijlpark and on holiday in Plettenberg Bay) were taking pictures of the sea. The 39 year old man had walked up a section at Blaas Gat, Robberg Nature Reserve, when a wave swept him off the rocks into the sea.
The 34 year old man, seeing his friend swept off the rocks and into the water had jumped into the water to try to help him but was swept, in very rough sea conditions, into a gulley.
The 39 year old man, had managed to get out of the water onto rocks but having lost sight of his friend, and fearing that his friend had drowned, crawled over rocks towards the beach to try to find help when a group of hikers, believed to be Canadians, came across him and shortly after that Dr. Nel, his wife, his daughter and a friend of his daughter, came across the scene.
Dr. Nel and the daughters friend, Andre Barnard, went in search of the 34 year old man, and during that time they also went to a higher part of “The Island”, at Robberg Nature Reserve, to make a call to NSRI Plettenberg Bay to raise the alarm. At that stage it was reported as a suspected drowning in progress.
Dr. Nel and Andre Barnard then found the 34 year old man in amongst rocks in a gulley in the sea and being battered by swells in a rising sea tide and suffering multiple lacerations, bruising, a head injury and a suspected fractured spine.
Together they managed to move him to higher ground and out of danger.
Dr. Nel was also able to confirm to the responding crews that the missing man had now been found.
At that stage the first of NSRI Plettenberg Bay rescue crew who had responded by road were arriving on the scene followed by NSRI crew who had responded by sea aboard the sea rescue craft LEONARD SMITH and by paramedics from WC Government Health EMS and Med-Life ambulance services.
The 34 year old man was in an area that was threatened by the rising high tide and he was secured to a trauma board. Because the rising high tide and rough sea conditions threatened to engulf the area where he was being treated rescuers carried him to a higher point of the Nature Reserve.
The AMS/EMS Skymed helicopter that had been activated from Oudtshoorn was en route to the scene having picked up two NSRI Air Sea Rescue volunteers who had earlier been taking part in an Air Sea Rescue exercise at NSRI Wilderness.
On arrival on the scene the Skymed helicopter static line hoisted the 34 year old man, who was suffering a suspected fractured spine and multiple lacerations and bruising, secured into a specialised hoisting stretcher, to the Robberg Nature Reserve car park where paramedics continued with medical treatment.
The 39 year old man with the suspected fractured arm and leg as well as lacerations and bruising, was then also static line hoisted to the Robberg car park.
The 39 year old man was transported by ambulance to hospital in Plettenberg Bay in a serious but stable condition.
He has been stabilised and is being transferred to hospital in George.
The 34 year old man has been airlifted by the Skymed helicopter to hospital in George in a serious but stable condition and has been admitted to surgery. – NSRI
Picture by AMS pilot Stephan Rossouw 9VIA nsri0

Picture by AMS pilot Stephan Rossouw 9VIA nsri0

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Russia (Siberia): Khakassia wildfires leave at least 4 dead, 73 injured. Approx 100 houses in 21 villages on fire – Published 120415 1520z (GMT/UTC)

The government of a Siberian region reports that more than 70 people have been injured by agricultural fires that got out of control and swept through more than 20 towns and villages.

The fires were started by farmers burning the grass in their fields and they spread quickly because of strong winds. The government of Khakassia, a region in southeastern Siberia, has called on all residents to help put out the fires, which on Sunday destroyed 118 homes in 21 towns and villages.

The Defense Ministry and Emergencies Ministry said they were sending aircraft to help fight the fires. The state RIA Novosti news agency, quoting an Emergencies Ministry official, reported that firefighters were hampered by a shortage of water since the reservoirs were still covered with ice.

Sunday, 12 April, 2015 at 14:35 (02:35 PM) UTC RSOE

Press Reports

Two people died and 70 were hurt as a wildfire in Siberia caused by the burning of dry grass threatened villages, Russian officials said Sunday.

“Over 70 people asked for medical help, and two people died” as a fire raged in the Khakassia region of southern Siberia, the regional government said.

The emergency ministry said that they are using a plane, three fire trains and over 5,000 people to control the fire, but that strong winds are making this impossible.

“Over 100 houses in 21 villages are on fire,” the ministry said.

Two people were reported dead although authorities said the toll was “preliminary” until the exact cause of their deaths could be determined.

They called on “residents of the region to battle the fire, which began because of residents themselves after uncontrolled grass burning,” the ministry said on its website.

Spring and autumn burning of dry grass regularly results in massive wildfires that often cause extensive damage to homes and human life.

Wildfires in Russia in 2010 killed at least 60 people, destroyed over 3,000 homes and left Moscow shrouded in smoke. In 2012, fire destroyed 10 million hectares of Siberian forest, according to environmental groups.” – naharnet.com

Four killed by wildfires in Russia’s Siberia: TASS

“(Reuters) – Four people have been killed by wildfires raging though the grasslands of Russia’s Khakassia republic in southern Siberia, the TASS news agency reported on Sunday.

More than 20 villages and towns have been damaged by the fires that have been burning for several days in dry and windy weather, the Emergency Ministry said. Seventy-three people have suffered burns or smoke inhalation.

Two planes and a helicopter have been deployed, along with more than 1,000 firefighters.

Environmental activists say the occurrence of grassland wildfires in Russia has increased in recent years for various reasons, including rising temperatures.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy) ” – reuters.com

UK: RNLI lifeguards save an eleven-year-old boy at New Brighton beach – Published 110415 1950z (GMT/UTC)

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards saved the life of an eleven-year-old boy at New Brighton Beach (Perch Rock) onThursday (9 April).

The RNLI lifeguards at New Brighton (Credit: RNLI)

The RNLI lifeguards at New Brighton.  RNLI lifeguards (from left to right): Jessica Hargreaves, Mike Scott, Alex Bowden and Mike Murray (Credit: RNLI)

The incident happened at 3.45pm when RNLI lifeguard Mike Murray spotted a boy struggling in waist deep water near one of the groynes.

Mike quickly assessed the situation and swam into the sea with a rescue tube (a yellow flexible tube that people can grab onto) while his colleague, RNLI lifeguard Mike Scott, monitored communications from the beach.

The photograph shows RNLI lifeguard Mike Murray. Photo credit: RNLI.

The photograph shows RNLI lifeguard Mike Murray. Photo credit: RNLI.

Mike Murray threw one end of the rescue tube to the child and managed to pull him swiftly away from the current and back to the safety of the beach.

The lifeguards conducted a casualty care assessment on the boy and thankfully found that he was injury free, if a little distressed. He was then reunited with his grateful parents.

Pete Rooney, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: ‘If it hadn’t been for the lifeguards’ swift intervention, the current would have dragged the boy away and he could have drowned. Thankfully the team spotted the danger and the rescue had a happy outcome.’

The charity’s lifeguards were also called into action just after 4pm when they came to the aid of a seven-year-old boy who had fallen from a tree swing on the Promenade near the Black Pearl.

Lifeguards Alex Bowden and Jessica Hargreaves performed a casualty care assessment on the boy. As he was feeling sick and dizzy, they advised the child’s mother that he should have further medical assessments. The mother decided to take her son directly to hospital.

RNLI Lifeguard Manager, Pete Rooney, added: ‘We wish the little boy a speedy recovery and we’re happy that we could assist. We would advise anyone visiting the beach to come and chat to our new lifeguard patrols for advice on things such as tide times and the safe area in which to swim.’

Notes

The RNLI (In partnership with Wirral Council) operates the lifeguard service on Perch Rock (New Brighton beach), West Kirby, Moreton, Harrison Drive, and the Plateaux (west side of New Brighton Fort). *The partnership started in spring 2015.

RNLI lifeguards will patrol the beaches over the Easter school holidays until Sunday 19 April.

The RNLI will then operate weekend-only patrols until Saturday 23 May, when a seven-day-a-week service will commence and run through until Sunday 6 September.

The weekend-only service will resume from Saturday 12 September until the season close on Sunday 27 September.

As RNLI lifeguards need to be physically on the beach during the patrolled hours, ready to respond to emergencies and prevent accidents, the RNLI can’t rely on volunteers to provide this cover seven days a week.

UK: Body of missing woman recovered by lifeboats from Filey and Flamborough – Published 180315 0915z (GMT/UTC)

The body of a woman has been recovered by RNLI volunteer crews from Filey and Flamborough in a prolonged and difficult combined operation in the early hours of Tuesday 17 March.

Shortly before 11pm on Monday 16 March, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of both Filey lifeboats to ascertain that an object spotted by a crew from Sea King helicopter Rescue 128 was indeed a missing person for whom numerous Coast Rescue Teams and Police Officers had been searching in the vicinity of the RSPB Bird Sanctuary about 4 miles south of Filey.

Filey’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat, The Keep Fit Association, launched under the command of Coxswain/Mechanic, Barry Robson, to escort and provide some safety cover in the pitch darkness and heavy swell for Filey’s inshore lifeboat, Braund, with a crew comprising: Richard Johnson (helm), Paul Wilson and Tom Barkley.
It was necessary for a member of the inshore lifeboat crew to go ashore at high water in a heavy swell and darkness to check the condition of the casualty. This proved to be a very difficult and prolonged task and led to Flamborough’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, Elizabeth Jane Palmer, being asked to assist.
Eventually, the casualty was brought out to the all-weather lifeboat from where she was handed over to Flamborough inshore lifeboat to take back to South Landing, Flamborough.
Some 6 hours after the initial call-out both Filey’s lifeboats returned to the beach at Coble Landing and were recovered onto their respective carriages.
Barry Robson, Filey Lifeboat Coxswain / Mechanic said: “This incident tested both lifeboat crews as it turned out to be much more difficult and longer than expected. Both the Filey and Flamborough teams showed real professionalism dealing with the situation and for both volunteer crews their extensive training paid off. Thanks must also go to all the Coast Rescue Team members who were there.”
He added: “We are very sorry that we could do nothing for the lady and our thoughts are with the family at this time” –

John Ward
Lifeboat Press Officer at Filey Lifeboat Station.

Switzerland: Two trains have collided in Rafz injuring up to 50 people – Published 200215 0900z (GMT/UTC)

Early report:

Two trains slammed into each other in the Swiss town of Rafz north of Zurich early on Friday, leaving passengers injured and train carriages upturned, police and media said. “There was an accident this morning, it’s serious, there are injured,” a police spokeswoman, without providing other details. The collision occurred at the train station at Rafz, a town some 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of Zurich, overturning train carriages, local media reported. Ambulances have rushed to the scene and service on the train line between the towns of Bulach and Schaffhouse has been suspended.

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SKY NEWS 08:37, UK, Friday 20 February 2015:

‘Dozens Hurt’ In Swiss Train Collision

Reports say up to 50 people have been injured in a “serious” collision between a high speed train and a local service near Zurich.

Two trains have collided in Switzerland injuring up to 50 people, according to reports.

The collision happened at the train station in the Swiss town of Rafz, around 30 km (19 miles) north of Zurich.

The crash was between a commuter train and a a high-speed train on its way from Zurich to Stuttgart.

Eyewitnesses said the high-speed train hit the other from behind.

“There was an accident this morning, it’s serious, there are injured,” a police spokeswoman said.

“Ambulances from all regions have been mobilised,” she added.

One rescue worker said as many as 49 people had been injured.

A passenger on the local train told the 20 Minutes newspaper that his train had been pulling out of the station when the driver braked suddenly.

“An express train from Zurich came up from behind and hit the side of our train – the intercity train derailed,” said the man, who did not give his name.

The 18-year-old went on to say that passengers had quickly been evacuated from the trains, both of which were “quite damaged”.

Rail services have been suspended.

The Swiss rail service is generally admired for its safety and efficiency – the Swiss are the biggest user of trains in Europe.

Train collision in Rafz: Several partly seriously injured

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“On Friday morning, two trains collided in Rafz train station in the canton of Zurich. According to initial information, the Zurich cantonal police at least five people were injured. A hard thereof.

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At 6.45 clock there had been a collision in Rafz Station, said a police spokeswoman sda. A large contingent of rescue teams is on site. The Rega has been alerted. The exact extent and cause of the accident were still unclear at the moment, said SBB spokesman Wehrle.

Apparently both trains were traveling in the same direction. An eyewitness reported versus 20 minutes that the train had set off from the Bahnhof Rafz. Shortly after the train station, the train had stopped. This was followed by the express and collided with the side of the train. Several cars derailed trains both.

The conflict has an impact on the rail. According to the SBB line Bülach-Schaffhausen is interrupted train services. On this route run the S-Bahn lines 5 and 22, and the express trains Zurich-Schaffhausen. The Intercity connections between Zurich and Stuttgart will be diverted via Winterthur.

The line Bülach-Schaffhausen is interrupted train services. On this route run the S-Bahn lines 5 and 22, and the express trains Zurich-Schaffhausen. ” – http://www.toponline.ch (Translated by Google)

Mediterranean: Major ‪rescue op: 1,000 migrants in 10 vessels in difficulty between island of Lampedusa & Libya’s coast – 130 saved so far – Published 150215 2330z (GMT/UTC)

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Bid to save at least 1,000 migrants in Mediterranean

The Italian coastguard is conducting a major rescue operation to try to save more than 1,000 migrants in difficulty on the Mediterranean Sea.

Search teams have helped get at least 130 people to safety so far and are working to reach more, officials said.

There were reports that rescuers were threatened by armed men who approached them in a speedboat from the Libyan coast.

Earlier this week at least 300 migrants perished in the Mediterranean Sea

They had been travelling in dinghies which ran into trouble during stormy weather after leaving the coast of Libya.

Sunday’s rescue attempts took place in the seas south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, officials said.

Armed assailantsAccording to Italy’s Transport Ministry, four men with Kalashnikov rifles sped out from the Libyan shore during the rescue and ordered the coastguard to return a boat that had been emptied of migrants.

The UNHCR says almost 3,500 people died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe in 2014, making it the world’s most dangerous sea crossing for migrants trying to enter the European Union.

More than 200,000 people were rescued during the same period.

Many were plucked from the sea as a result of an Italian operation known as Mare Nostrum, which was launched in October 2013 in response to a tragedy near Lampedusa in which 366 migrants died.

That operation has now ended, leading the UNHCR to warn EU leaders to expect more deaths.

Some European countries, including the UK, have said a rescue service for migrants could encourage refugees to continue making the crossing.

The EU now runs a border control operation with fewer ships, called Triton, which only covers waters close to Europe’s coast.

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UK: Cliff rescue at Sewerby, East Yorkshire, after 17 yr old tried to rescue dog over cliff edge – Published 300115 1827z

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YOUTH RESCUED FROM CLIFFS AT SEWERBY, EAST YORKSHIRE
A seventeen year old who went after his dog after it had gone over a cliff edge had to be rescued himself.
Humber Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre received a 999 call from the youth’s mother at 3.15pm on 29th January to say he was stuck on cliffs at Sewerby, close to the MRCC.
His mother said he had tried to rescue their dog which had gone over the cliff edge. The dog had made its own way back, leaving the 17 year old stuck on an icy ledge.
Humber Coastguard immediately sent the Coastguard Rescue Teams from Bridlington and Filey to the scene to assess the situation. On arrival the Coastguard Rescue officers made the decision that the quickest and safest method of rescue would be by helicopter so the RAF Rescue Helicopter based at Leconfield rescued the youth from the cliff.


Watch Manager Mike Puplett said
‘This was a well executed rescue and was resolved quickly.
‘However my message once again is for dog owners to keep their pets on a lead when they are close to cliff edges.

‘Also, members of the public should never climb or descend cliffs in order to carry out a rescue themselves.
‘The weather on that day was inclement, and a snow flurry had just engulfed the area, making the cliffs even more treacherous.’

 

UK: Searchers for missing trawler Z85 Morgenster in English Channel find bodies – Published 290115 1900z (GMT/UTC)

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Friday, 30 January 2015
UPDATE ON SEARCH FOR OVERDUE FISHING VESSEL
The Search and Rescue operation looking for the missing fishing vessel which had been fishing in the Dover Strait is being co-ordinated by the French coast guard as it is now in their territorial waters.

Dover Coastguard was initially alerted to the missing vessel on the afternoon of 28th January.

The search is now concentrated on an area four miles from the French coast. Any further involvement of the UK authorities will be at the request of the French coast guard.

Thursday, 29 January 2015
UPDATE ON SEARCH FOR OVERDUE FISHING VESSEL
The search continues this morning for a missing fishing vessel which had been fishing in the Dover Strait.
Dover Coastguard was alerted to the disappearance yesterday afternoon. Four crew were known to be onboard.
An RAF helicopter is searching the area along with a French maritime aircraft. Two all-weather lifeboats from Dungeness and Dover are on the scene.
A number of Belgian and Dutch fishing vessels remain on the scene in the area, looking out for any sign of their missing colleagues.
The weather conditions on scene remain challenging.

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LifeboatsDungeness and Dover RNLI lifeboats search for missing Belgian fishing trawler

The volunteer lifeboat crews of two Kent RNLI lifeboat stations launched yesterday evening (Wednesday 28 January) to help search for a Belgian fishing trawler in the English Channel.

Dungeness all-weather lifeboat launched at 5.08pm after being tasked by Solent Coastguard to search for the 40m vessel which lost all communication earlier the same day at 1.30pm.

The Belgian-registered trawler, carrying a crew of four people, was situated 10 miles south of Dungeness when all contact was lost.

Hours after the Dungeness RNLI crew launched, Dover Coastguard requested the launch of Dover RNLI lifeboat to assist in the search. The crew launched their all-weather lifeboat just after 7pm.

Also involved in the search were coastguard helicopters Rescue 104 and Rescue 125. It is also understood several other fishing trawlers were assisting with the search.

Chris Ubee, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Dungeness RNLI, said the weather and sea conditions for his crew of five volunteers were challenging at first, but later subsided. He said: ‘In the afternoon there was some strong gusting winds and the sea was very lumpy. That did later calm slightly and by 10pm the crew were searching beneath clear skies, with a moderate breeze and moderate to rough seas.’

However, for the Dover lifeboat crew conditions were set to worsen through the night, with a warning of severe gales expected after 11pmon Wednesday. Billy Hollis, Deputy Launching Authority for Dover RNLI said: ‘Our crew of eight volunteers were tasked to search an area known as Varn Bank, south of Dover.

‘Throughout the evening we were operating approximately eight miles away from where Dungeness lifeboat were searching, which gives an idea of the sizeable search area

’Throughout the evening we were operating approximately eight miles away from where Dungeness lifeboat were searching, which gives an idea of the sizeable search area.’

At midnight, both Dungeness and DOver RNLI lifeboats were still searching for any sign of the missing trawler. The RNLI’s all-weather lifeboats are equipped to search up to 100 nautical miles out to sea. At the speeds they were travelling, it was estimated the lifeboats could search for several days without needing to refuel.

  • Update 7am, Thursday 29 January. Hastings RNLI lifeboat crew were asked to join he search at 12.15am today (Thursday). Dungeness RNLI lifeboat crew were stood down at 12.50am. And at 4.45am, both Dover and Hastings RNLI lifeboats returned to their stations when the search was suspended, possibly to recommence at first light

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Missing trawler rescue teams find bodies in English Channel

The vessel believed to be missing off Dungeness

The vessel went missing in rough seas and strong winds

Rescuers searching for a Belgian trawler missing in the English Channel with four people on board have recovered two bodies from the sea.

The search for the fishing boat began on Wednesday afternoon when it vanished in rough seas and gale force winds.

The RNLI said the bodies, which were found in the sea off Boulogne, had been recovered back to the French port.

A life jacket and wooden debris were spotted by a French fixed wing aircraft north-west of Boulogne earlier.

Those on board the Z85 Morgenster are believed to be Dutch, Portuguese and Belgian.

A coastguard helicopter, two Kent lifeboats and a French search and rescue helicopter carried out the first search for the trawler, which had been fishing in the Dover Strait.

A number of Belgian and Dutch fishing vessels have also been in the area looking for any signs of the missing vessel.

UK: 5 fishermen rescued off the Hebredies after their boat Iuda Naofa sank – Published 200115 1815z (GMT/UTC)

The Coastguard was notified of a fishing vessel in distress just before 11am this morning. The Iuda Naofa, a 23m Irish fishing vessel, was taking on water 48 miles north of the Butt of Lewis.

The Coastguard Rescue helicopter was requested to attend the scene and drop a salvage pump onto the Iuda Naofa to pump off the ingress of water. However, the vessel became swamped and started to sink.

The Coastguard Rescue helicopter airlifted two of the crew onto the nearby sister fishing vessel, the Star of Hope. The other three crew were transferred by helicopter to the Western Isles hospital, where they are being treated for mild hypothermia.

Coastguard Duty Watch Manager, Paul Tunstall said

“The weather conditions on scene were very rough seas with southerly force 6 winds, evacuating the five crew swiftly and safely before the vessel went down was a great achievement.” –Maritime and Coastguard Agency

“Malin Head Coast Guard assisted in the saving of 5 fishermen off the Hebredies this afternoon. At about 1030 this morning Malin picked up a call for help on medium frequency 2182Khz for the Iuda Naofa taking water. Details taken and passed to MRCC Stornaway who sent out a helicopter. The boat sank. 3 crew airlifted and 2 taken onboard another boat Star of Hope. Only for the Listening watch the IRCG continue to hold on 2182Khz this could have easily ended with loss of life. This is the second 2182 call that Malin has dealt with in recent months both of which resulted in lives been saved. Well done lads.” –Irish Coast Guard

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Five rescued after fishing boat sinks off Isle of Lewis

Irish vessel Iuda Naofa

Five people were airlifted from the Irish vessel Iuda Naofa when it began to sink

Five crewmen have been rescued after a fishing boat started to sink off the Isle of Lewis.

The Irish vessel Iuda Naofa got into difficulty at about 11:00 when it started taking on water about 48 miles (77km) off the Butt of Lewis.

Stornoway Coastguard helicopter dropped a salvage pump to the crew, but the boat became swamped and started to sink.

Two crewmen were then airlifted to another boat and three to hospital.

The three have been treated at Western Isles Hospital for hypothermia.

The fishing boat has sunk.

Coastguard duty watch manager Paul Tunstall said: “The weather conditions on scene were very rough seas with southerly force 6 winds, evacuating the five crew swiftly and safely before the vessel went down was a great achievement.”

Java Sea: AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore – Two big objects found. Total bodies recovered is 30. – Updated 030115 0710z (GMT/UTC)

Published on Jan 3, 2015 11:34 AM

PANGKALAN BUN/JAKARTA – Two big objects were found in the search for Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 on Saturday, as indonesia’s transport ministry said the plane was flying on an unauthorised schedule when it disappeared.

The airline was not permitted to fly the Surabaya-Singapore route on Sundays and had not asked to change its schedule.

Meantime, the two objects spotted on Saturday are about 30 metres under water and located near an oil slick spotted on Friday, said Mr Bambang Soelistyo, chief of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency Basarnas. The larger of the objects was around 10m by 5m.

“With the discovery of an oil spill and two big parts of the aircraft, I can assure you these are the parts of the AirAsia plane we have been looking for,” he said.

“We are lowering a ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) underwater to get an actual picture of the objects detected on the sea floor. All are at the depth of 30m,” Mr Soelistyo said, adding that a strong current was making it difficult to operate the ROV.

Three vessels sent out to a sea area where the oil slick was spotted located the “two objects…that are close to each other,” said Mr Soelistyo. One of the three vessels was Singapore’s Navy ship RSS Persistence, he added.

The transport ministry said on Friday night that the AirAsia plane was travelling at a flight time that had not been cleared by officials. It was not permitted to fly the Surabaya-Singapore route on Sundays.

“It violated the route permit given, the schedule given, that’s the problem,” director-general of air transport Djoko Murjatmodjo said.

He added that AirAsia’s permit for the route has been frozen until investigations are completed.

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Sea conditions remain rough on Saturday

The sea in the search area was still rough on Saturday, with waves reaching a height of 4m.

Malaysia’s Chief of Navy Abdul Aziz Jaafar said in a tweet that visibility was about 8 nautical miles with wind speed of 20-30 knots. He said a search area with a dimension of 57 by 10 nautical miles had been established.

Small pieces of the aircraft and other debris have been found so far, but there has been no sign of the crucial voice and flight data recorders – the so-called black boxes that investigators hope will unravel the sequence of events in the cockpit during the doomed jet’s final minutes.

Indonesia said on Friday that recovery teams recovered 30 bodies, including some strapped in their seats, and spotted debris resembling parts of the tail.

The navy picked up at least five bodies wearing seat belts and found the debris by sonar, Colonel Yayan Sofiyan, commander of the warship Bung Tomo, told MetroTV.

“Our team found what we suspect is a fraction of the aircraft tail,” The colonel said on Friday. “It was at the bottom of the sea, at 29 meters deep.”

Oil spill was also found in the red zone which has been given priority in the search. The zone is close to Kumai Bay.

Of the 30 bodies recovered, four have been identified. Police said three Indonesians, including stewardess Khairunnisa Haidar, passengers Grayson Herbert Linaksita and Kevin Alexander Soetjipto, were identified based on their fingerprints and medical records.

International experts from France, Singapore and Indonesia equipped with sophisticated acoustic detection gear joined the teams at the suspected crash site off Borneo, bolstering the search for the Airbus A320-200’s black box flight recorders.

But strong wind and heavy seas hindered divers’ search for the fuselage of the plane, which went down on Sunday en route from Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board. No survivors have been found.

The plane had gone missing on Dec 28, 2014, and debris were found three days later in the waters south of Kalimantan region.

Given that the plane crashed in shallow seas, experts say finding the boxes should not be difficult if the beacons, with a range of 2,000 to 3,000 metres, are working.

Toos Sanitiyoso, an air safety investigator with the National Committee for Transportation Safety, said he hoped the black box flight data and voice recorders could be found within a week, suggesting there was still doubt over the plane’s location.

“The main thing is to find the main area of the wreckage and then the black box,” he told reporters.  None of the tell-tale black box “pings” had been detected, he said.

Investigators are working on a theory that the plane went into a stall as it climbed steeply to avoid a storm about 40 minutes into the flight. Experts also said that initial information point ot the possibility that the aircraft may have managed to land on sea but could have been overcome by high seas, AFP reported.

AirAsia QZ8501 search areas

Was the plane flying too slowly, too steeply?

The plane disappeared on Sunday morning after it failed to get permission to fly higher to avoid bad weather because of heavy air traffic. It was flying from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board.

The plane was travelling at 32,000 feet and had asked to fly at 38,000 feet. When air traffic controllers granted permission for a rise to 34,000 feet a few minutes later, they received no response.

Radar data being examined by investigators appeared to show that the Airbus A320 made an “unbelievably” steep climb before it crashed, possibly pushing it beyond the aircraft’s limits, a source familiar with the probe’s initial findings said on Wednesday.

The data was transmitted before the aircraft disappeared from the screens of air traffic controllers in Jakarta on Sunday, added the source, who declined to be identified. “So far, the numbers taken by the radar are unbelievably high. This rate of climb is very high, too high. It appears to be beyond the performance envelope of the aircraft,” he said.

Online discussion among pilots has centred on unconfirmed secondary radar data from Malaysia that suggested the aircraft was climbing at a speed of 353 knots, about 100 knots too slow, and that it might have stalled.

Investigators are focusing initially on whether the crew took too long to request permission to climb, or could have ascended on their own initiative earlier, said a source close to the inquiry, adding that poor weather could have played a part as well.

A Qantas pilot with 25 years of experience flying in the region said the discovery of the debris field relatively close to the last known radar plot of the plane pointed to an aerodynamic stall. One possibility is that the plane’s instruments iced up, giving the pilots inaccurate readings.

The Indonesian captain, a former air force fighter pilot, had 6,100 flying hours under his belt and the plane last underwent maintenance in mid-November, said the airline, which is 49 per cent owned by Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia.

AirAsia QZ8501 debris

Did the aircraft manage to ditch?

The Airbus A320-200 had disappeared from radar over the Java Sea during a storm, but it failed to send the transmissions normally emitted when a plane crashes or is submerged.

Experts say this suggests the experienced former air force pilot, Captain Iriyanto, conducted an emergency water landing which did not have a destructive impact.

“The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) would work on impact, be that land, sea or the sides of a mountain, and my analysis is it didn’t work because there was no major impact during landing,” said Dudi Sudibyo, a senior editor of aviation magazine Angkasa.  “The pilot managed to land it on the sea’s surface,” he added.

“The conclusions I have come to so far are that the plane did not blow up mid-air, and it did not suffer an impact when it hit a surface, because if it did so then the bodies would not be intact,” Chappy Hakim, a former air force commander, told AFP.

The fuselage is also thought to be largely intact after aerial searchers saw a “shadow” on the seabed, where operations are now being focused.  An emergency exit door and an inflatable slide were among the first items recovered by the search team, suggesting the first passengers may have started the evacuation process once the plane landed on water.

Former transport minister Jusman Syafii Djamal was convinced the discovery of the floating exit door meant “someone had opened it”.  Passengers may have been waiting for a flight attendant to inflate a life raft when a high wave hit the nose and sank the plane, Djamal added.  “High waves may have hit the plane, the nose, and sunk the plane.”

Flight safety standards require that all passengers can be evacuated from a plane in 90 seconds.  The cause and more details of the crash will remain unclear until investigators find the all-important black boxes, which will answer questions such as why the underwater locator beacon did not work.

Three airline disasters involving Malaysian-affiliated carriers in less than a year have dented confidence in the country’s aviation industry and spooked travellers.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing in March on a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew and has not been found. On July 17, the same airline’s Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

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Indonesia AirAsia is a joint venture 49 per cent owned by Malaysia-based AirAsia group, which is run by feisty entrepreneur Tony Fernandes.

The group counts affiliates in Thailand, the Philippines and India, and had not suffered a crash since its Malaysian budget operations began in 2002.

Bodies Found In AirAsia Missing Plane Search

Indonesian television shows bodies floating in the water as search teams report seeing a plane-shaped shadow on the sea bed.

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Video: AirAsia Search: Bodies Spotted

At least 40 bodies and wreckage including a plane door and oxygen tanks have been recovered in the search for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

The bodies – which were not wearing life jackets – have been brought on board a navy ship, said Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Director SB Supriyadi.

Local television broadcast pictures of the bodies floating in the sea.

AirAsia flight QZ8501

Search teams have been focussing on an area in the Java Sea

“The warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 40 bodies and the number is growing. They are very busy now,” said a navy spokesman.

They were found in the Java Sea about six miles (10km) from where the plane last communicated with air traffic control.

Search chief SB Supriyadi also said an air force Hercules had “found an object described as a shadow at the bottom of the sea in the form of a plane”.

Objects spotted earlier have also been confirmed as wreckage from the plane and some have been taken away by helicopter for testing.

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes said he was rushing to the scene and wrote on Twitter: “My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501.

“On behalf of AirAsia my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”

The Airbus A320-200 disappeared from radar on Sunday morning, on its way from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore.

There were 162 people on board, including one British man, Hull-born Chi Man Choi, and his two-year-old daughter.

The aircraft’s last request – to climb higher to avoid a storm – was turned down.

Minutes later it fell off the radar without giving any distress call.

Geoffrey Thomas, editor of AirlineRatings.com, told Sky News: “We have a radar plot which shows the plane actually climbing through 36,300ft – it wasn’t given permission to do that.

“It also shows that its speed had decayed by 134mph and dropped dramatically to a level where it couldn’t sustain flight.”

Some 30 ships and 21 aircraft from South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and Indonesia have been involved in searching 10,000 nautical miles of ocean.

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Indonesia: 18 Bodies found, 9 ID’ed, 100 missing in Java after major landslide – Published 131214 1152z (GMT/UTC)

12 dead, nearly 100 missing in Indonesian landslide – Official

A rescue team searches for survivors and remove bodies after a landslide at Jemblung village. – AFP Photo/DidaNuswantara

JAKARTA: A landslide triggered by torrential downpours has killed at least 12 people and left nearly 100 others missing on Indonesia’s main island of Java, an official said Saturday.Hundreds of rescuers were digging through mud and rubble after the landslide buried scores of houses in Jemblung village in central Java late Friday, the national disaster agency said.

The landslide swept down a hillside in the village, sparing only two houses, an AFP correspondent said.

TV footage showed bystanders watching the emergency effort while rescuers passed an orange body bag by hand through the muddy area.

“We found 12 bodies at the moment, and we are searching for 96 others,” an officer at the emergency centre at the scene of the disaster told AFP, asking not to be identified.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said it was unclear whether those missing were buried under the landslide or had taken refuge.

“Conditions on the ground are pretty tough and we need heavy machines to clear the road that has been covered by the landslide,” Nugroho added.

Officials said that the ground was still unstable and most rescue work was being carried out manually. Heavy machines were trying to clear mud that had cut access to the location.

There was no phone signal in the area, making coordinating rescuing efforts difficult, they added.

The agency said that 200 rescuers and 500 volunteers had joined the search for the missing.

Landslides triggered by heavy rains and floods are common in tropical Indonesia during the rainy season.

The national disaster agency estimates around half the country’s 250 million population lives in areas prone to landslides.

The vast Indonesian archipelago is one of the most natural-disaster-prone nations on Earth, and is also frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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Indonesia landslide: Many missing in Java

Villagers use shovels to remove mud from the main road at Pasuruhan village in Wonosobo December 12, 2014, in this photo taken by Antara Foto

Landslides and flash floods are common in Indonesia

At least eight people have died and more than 100 are missing after a landslide on Indonesia’s main island of Java.

Heavy rain caused the landslide near Jemblung village in central Java.

Disaster agency officials said rescue teams had taken almost 40 people to hospital, of whom four were in critical condition.

Hundreds of rescuers, including police and soldiers, have been trying to find survivors.

The country’s national disaster agency said hundreds of houses had been destroyed by the landslide.

“Conditions on the ground are pretty tough and we need heavy machines to clear the road that has been covered by the landslide,” agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Flash floods and landslides are common in Indonesia, triggered by seasonal downpours.

Many of the inhabitants of the chain of 17,000 islands live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains.

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“The death toll of the Banjarnegara landslides rose to 8 on Saturday with 100 people still missing, the authorities said.

Heavy rain triggered the landslides on Friday evening in the village of Sampang, sub-district of Karangkobar, regency of Banjarnegara, Central Java province.

“The death toll is rising. Now eight bodies have been found dead and 100 people are still missing,”  National Agency for Disaster Control (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said as quoted by Antara news wire.

Sutopo said a joint team of the BNPB, military and police, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) and volunteers is still looking for the missing people.

“The terrain is difficult. Heavy equipment is needed to remove the earth and rocks covering the road,” he said.” – .thejakartapost.com

Update

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 | 17:11 pm (local time)

“BANJARNEGARA, KOMPAS.com – Rescue team members discovered 18 bodies of victims of landslides that occurred in the hamlet Jemblung RT 05 RW 01, Desa Sampang, District Karangkobar, Banjarnegara, Central Java. Of the 18 bodies that, just nine bodies were identified.

Here are the nine people killed names Tribunnews collected from the scene, Saturday (12/13/2014).
1. Joko Adi P (18), Hamlet Endong, RT 03, RW 02, Gumelar Village, District Karangkobar.
2. Sukirno (20), Hamlet Endong, RT 03, RW 02, Gumelar Village, District Karangkobar
3. Misman (25), Hamlet Endong, RT 03, RW, 02, Gumelar Village, District Karangkobar
4. Bahrun (70), the village of Sampang, RT 05, RW 01, District Karangkobar
5. Speech, Grogol village, RT 05, RW 01, District Pejawaran
6. Hadi (60), the village of Sampang, RT 05, RW 01, District Karangkobar
7. Hendi (9) Hamlet Genting RT 04 RW 03 Grogol Village District of Pajawaran
8. Klimah (33), the village of Sampang, RT 05, RW 01, District Karangkobar
9. Sunarti (60), the village of Sampang, RT 05, RW 01, District Karangkobar

The nine bodies have been identified in part Banjarnegara taken to hospitals, some of them are taken home relatives. Meanwhile, nine other bodies are still in the process of identification in Post SAR team.

Based on information from the Village Head Sampang, the number of people buried by landslides about 100 people.”

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Nepal: At least 35 killed, 54 injured in bus accidents in Western Region & Bheri Zone – Published 081214 1010z (GMT/UTC)

Accident 1

The death toll in Surkhet accident where a bus veered off the road at Pokharikanda-9, on the Karnali Highway has reached 18.

Police said that 14 persons died on the spot while four others breathed their last while receiving treatment. The ill-fated bus (Na 4 Kha 6857), veered off the road and plunged some 500 metres at Kalikhola at around 6:45pm on Sunday. The vehicle was on its way to Tikapur, Kailali, from Kalikot. Surkhet Police Chief SP Rajesh Lal Karna informed that initial investigation showed that the bus with seat capacity of 38, was overloaded with 68 passengers, which caused the vehicle’s brake to fail resulting into the accident. The police have be able to identify 10 of the deceased. Fourty nine persons are injured in the accident. Among the injured, 20 are receiving medical treatment at Surkhet Regional Hospital, 6 are being treated at Maya Nursing Home and another 8 injured passengers are receiving treatments at Deuki Nursing Home. The injured claimed that the driver’s assistant had been driving when the accident happened. Most of the passengers were from Kalikot and Bajura, on their way to India for work.

Monday, 08 December, 2014 at 08:24 (08:24 AM) UTC RSOE

“The death toll in Surkhet bus accident of Sunday night has reached 18. Ten of them have been identified, said police on Monday, December 8, 2014.

The dead, who have been identified, include: Lalbire Darji, Durga Bista, Dil Sarki, Lal Darji, Manaraj Bista, Ram Darji, Pankhe Sarki and Pane Sarki of Gotri VDC, Bajura.

Similarly, bus driver Min Bahadur Budha of Chhinchu, Surkhet and conductor Bhabi Khatri have been identified.

The bus plated Na 4 Kha 6857 was heading from Jitegaida of Kalikot to Kailali. The bus plunged 700 metres down to a stream Kali Khola at Pokhari Danda, Surkhet due to overload of passengers.

More than 50 people injured in the accident were rushed to hospitals in Surkhet and some were taken to Nepalgunj.

The bus initially carried 36 passengers when it left Kalikot but it took more passengers on the way and that was the reason for the accident, according to police.” – nepalnews.com

Accident 2

An overcrowded bus has plunged off a mountain road in Nepal, killing at least 17 people and injuring 50 more, police said Monday.

Police official Kesh Bahadur Shahi said the bus veered off the road near Pokharakada village Sunday night and rolled 600 meters (about 2,000 feet) down a slope. Rescuers pulled out 14 bodies while three more died at a hospital. There were 67 people on the bus, which had 38 seats. The bus was driving on a narrow mountain road during the night when the accident happened about 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of the capital, Katmandu. Rescuers worked all night to help the injured passengers and bring the bodies to the main road, police said. The injured are recovering in hospitals in nearby towns and a dozen of them are in critical condition, they said. Bus accidents in Nepal are generally blamed on poorly maintained vehicles and roads.

Monday, 08 December, 2014 at 03:58 (03:58 AM) UTC

South Korea: 16 killed, 11 seriously injured, at k-pop concert in Seongnam – Published 181014 1435z

Sixteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 60 feet to their deaths Friday when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed, officials said.

Photos of the scene in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, showed a deep concrete shaft under the broken grate. Seongnam city spokesman Kim Nam-jun announced the deaths in a televised briefing and said 11 others were seriously injured.

Fire officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of office rules, said the victims were standing on the grate while watching an outdoor performance by girls’ band 4Minute, which is popular across Asia.

About 700 people had gathered to watch the concert, which was part of a local festival. Fire officials said many of the dead and injured appeared to be commuters who stopped to watch the concert after leaving work.

Most of the dead were men in their 30s and 40s, while five were women in their 20s and 30s, they said. Kim said it was believed that the grate collapsed under the weight of the people. Prime Minister Chung Hong-won visited an emergency center in Seongnam and urged officials to focus on helping the victims’ families and ensure the injured get proper treatment, Kim said.

A video recorded by someone at the concert that was shown on the YTN television network showed the band continuing to dance for a while in front of a crowd that appeared to be unaware of the accident.

Dozens of people were shown standing next to the ventilation grate, gazing into the dark gaping hole where people had been standing to watch the performance. YTN said the ventilation grate was about 3 to 4 meters (10 to 12 feet) wide.

Photos apparently taken at the scene showed that the ventilation grate reached to the shoulders of many passers-by.

The collapse came as South Korea is still struggling with the aftermath of a ferry disaster in April that left more than 300 people dead or missing. For a time, the sinking jolted South Korea into thinking about safety issues that had been almost universally overlooked as the country rose from poverty and war to an Asian power.

The tragedy exposed regulatory failures that appear to have allowed the ferry Sewol to set off with far more cargo than it could safely carry.

Family members say miscommunications and delays during rescue efforts doomed their loved ones. Analysts say many safety problems in the country stem from little regulation, light punishment for violators and wide ignorance about safety in general – and a tendency to value economic advancement over all else.

Friday, 17 October, 2014 at 17:21 (05:21 PM) UTC RSOE

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India/Bay Of Bengal: Tropical Cyclone 03B HUDHUD 121500Z nr 18.4N 82.5E, moving NW at 8 knots (JTWC) – Updated 121014 1521z (UTC)

 VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM Hudhud

(Equivalent to CATEGORY 3 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale)

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Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

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WTIO31 PGTW 121500
MSGID/GENADMIN/JOINT TYPHOON WRNCEN PEARL HARBOR HI//
SUBJ/TROPICAL CYCLONE 03B (HUDHUD) WARNING NR 019//
RMKS/
1. TROPICAL CYCLONE 03B (HUDHUD) WARNING NR 019
01 ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE IN NORTHIO
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS BASED ON ONE-MINUTE AVERAGE
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY

WARNING POSITION:
121200Z — NEAR 18.0N 82.9E
MOVEMENT PAST SIX HOURS – 310 DEGREES AT 08 KTS
POSITION ACCURATE TO WITHIN 045 NM
POSITION BASED ON CENTER LOCATED BY SATELLITE
PRESENT WIND DISTRIBUTION:
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 105 KT, GUSTS 130 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
REPEAT POSIT: 18.0N 82.9E

FORECASTS:
12 HRS, VALID AT:
130000Z — 19.6N 81.5E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 075 KT, GUSTS 090 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
DISSIPATING AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND
VECTOR TO 24 HR POSIT: 335 DEG/ 11 KTS

24 HRS, VALID AT:
131200Z — 21.7N 80.5E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 050 KT, GUSTS 065 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
DISSIPATING AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND
VECTOR TO 36 HR POSIT: 350 DEG/ 13 KTS

36 HRS, VALID AT:
140000Z — 24.3N 80.1E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 030 KT, GUSTS 040 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
DISSIPATED AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND

REMARKS:
121500Z POSITION NEAR 18.4N 82.5E.
TROPICAL CYCLONE (TC) 03B (HUDHUD), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 30 NM
WEST-NORTHWEST OF VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA, HAS TRACKED NORTHWESTWARD AT
08 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. ANIMATED ENHANCED INFRARED
SATELLITE IMAGERY AND MULTISPECTRAL SATELLITE IMAGERY INDICATE THAT
TC 03B MADE LANDFALL NEAR VISAKHAPATNAM AT ABOUT 12/07Z AND HAS
CONTINUED TO TRACK INLAND WHILE WEAKENING. A 121108Z SSMIS IMAGE
DEPICTS TIGHTLY-CURVED BANDING WRAPPING INTO A WELL-DEFINED CENTER,
THEREFORE, THERE IS GOOD CONFIDENCE IN THE INITIAL POSITION AND
RECENT MOTION. THE INITIAL INTENSITY IS ASSESSED AT 105 KNOTS. TC
03B IS TRACKING ALONG THE SOUTHWESTERN PERIPHERY OF THE SUBTROPICAL
RIDGE (STR) AND IS FORECAST TO BEGIN RE-CURVING POLEWARD ALONG THE
WESTERN PERIPHERY OF THE STR, WHICH IS FORECAST TO RE-ORIENT AS A
DEEP MIDLATITUDE TROUGH DEEPENS OVER NORTHERN INDIA. THE DYNAMIC
MODEL GUIDANCE IS IN TIGHT AGREEMENT, THEREFORE, THERE IS HIGH
CONFIDENCE IN THE JTWC FORECAST TRACK. TC 03B IS FORECAST TO WEAKEN
RAPIDLY OVER THE NEXT 36 HOURS AND IS FORECAST TO DISSIPATE BY TAU
36. THIS IS THE FINAL WARNING ON THIS SYSTEM BY THE JOINT TYPHOON
WRNCEN PEARL HARBOR HI. THE SYSTEM WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED FOR
SIGNS OF REGENERATION.//
NNNN

TSR N Indian Ocean: Storm Alert issued at 12 Oct, 2014 6:00 GMT

Super Cyclonic Storm HUDHUD (03B) currently located near 17.5 N 83.5 E is forecast to strike land to the following likelihood(s) at the given lead time(s):

Red Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    India
        probability for CAT 1 or above is 100% currently
        probability for TS is 100% currently
Red Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    Vishakhapatnam (17.8 N, 83.3 E)
        probability for CAT 1 or above is 100% currently
        probability for TS is 100% currently
    Kakinada (17.0 N, 82.3 E)
        probability for CAT 1 or above is 95% within 12 hours
        probability for TS is 95% currently
    Naupada (18.6 N, 84.2 E)
        probability for CAT 1 or above is 60% within 12 hours
        probability for TS is 100% currently

Yellow Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    Brahmapur (19.3 N, 84.9 E)
        probability for TS is 65% currently

Note that
Red Alert (Severe) is CAT 1 or above to between 31% and 100% probability.
Yellow Alert (Elevated) is CAT 1 or above to between 10% and 30% probability, or TS to above 50% probability.
CAT 1 means Severe Cyclonic Storm strength winds of at least 74 mph, 119 km/h or 64 knots 1-min sustained.
TS means Tropical Storm strength winds of at least 39 mph, 63 km/h or 34 knots 1-min sustained.

For graphical forecast information and further details please visit http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/

News Reports

At least three people were killed Sunday when Cyclone Hudhud slammed into India’s east coast packing winds of almost 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour, ripping down power cables and forcing roads and railways to shut.

Around 370,000 people living along the eastern coastline were evacuated before the storm hit around 11.30 am (0600 GMT) on Sunday morning, as authorities tried to avoid mass casualties. “We have had three deaths since this morning,” said Natrajan Prakasam, a Disaster Management Commission official in the worst-hit state of Andhra Pradesh in southeast India. Two people were crushed by falling trees, while the third was killed when a wall collapsed in heavy rains, he told AFP. India placed its navy and coastguard on high alert ahead of the storm and advised residents to stay indoors as the cyclone passed by, warning of large waves known as storm surges. Some flights were cancelled while bus and train services in the worst affected areas were suspended. The head of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said the main highway in the port city of Visakhapatnam, which was in the eye of the storm as it hit, was strewn with fallen trees and electricity pylons. “The two big challenges facing the NDRF team are clearing roads and evacuation and rescue work,” he added. India’s eastern coast and neighbouring Bangladesh are routinely hit by bad storms between April and November that cause deaths and widespread property damage. The region is populated by fishermen and small-scale farmers, many of whom live in flimsy huts with thatched roofs or shanties.

Sunday, 12 October, 2014 at 09:50 UTC RSOE

MARITIME/SHIPPING

METAREA8N / HIGH_SEAS_WARNING / 0900

WTIN01 DEMS 120900
SHIPPING BULLETIN FOR MET. AREA VIII (N),NORTH OF EQUATOR
VALID FOR 24/48 HOURS FROM 0900 UTC 12 OCTOBER 2014
—————————————————-
PART I:-STORM WARNING
THE VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM ‘HUDHUD’ OVER
WESTCENTRAL BAY OF BENGAL MOVED WESTNORTHWESTWARDS AND
LAY CENTRED AT 1730 HRS. IST OF YESTERDAY,THE 11TH OCTOBER
2014 NEAR LATITUDE 16.2ON AND LONGITUDE 84.8OE
ABOUT 230 KMS SOUTHEAST OF VISHAKHAPATNAM AND 340 KMS
SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF GOPALPUR(.)IT THEN MOVED NORTHWESTWARDS
AND LIES CENTERED AT 0830 HRS IST OF TODAY,THE 12TH
OCTOBER 2014,NEAR LATITUDE 17.4ON AND LONGITUDE 83.8OE
ABOUT 60 KMS EASTSOUTHEAST OF VISHAKHAPATNAM(.)
THE SYSTEM WOULD MOVE WEST-NORTHWESTWARDS AND
CROSS NORTH ANDHRA PRADESH COAST CLOSE TO VISHAKHAPATNAM
WITHIN A FEW HOURS(.)
PART II:-WEATHER SEASONAL OVER REST MET AREA VIII (N)

A1 ARABIAN SEA EQUATOR TO 10 DEG. N AND W OF 80 DEG.E (.)
A1-FORECAST FOR 24 HOURS
I)WINDSPEED AND DIRECTION:-
1)W OF 55 DEG E:-SW/W-LY 10/15 KTS (.)
2)E OF 55 DEG E:-NW/W-LY 10/15 KTS BEC SW-LY
TO THE E OF 75 DEG E(.)
II)WEATHER:-SCATTERED RA/TS(.)
III)VISIBILITY:-6-4 NM(.)
IV)WAVE HEIGHT:-1-2 M(.)

A1-FORECAST FOR 48 HOURS
I)WINDSPEED AND DIRECTION:-
1)W OF 55 DEG E:-WSW-LY 10/15 KTS (.)
2)E OF 55 DEG E:-NW/W-LY 05/10 KTS BEC SW-LY
TO THE E OF 68 DEG E(.)
II)WEATHER:-SCATTERED RA/TS(.)
III)VISIBILITY:-6-4 NM(.)
IV)WAVE HEIGHT:-1)1-2 M 2)0.5-1 M(.)

A2 ARABIAN SEA:-23 DEG 45 MIN N 68 DEG E TO 12 DEG N 63 DEG.E
TO CAPE GARDAFUI TO N OF 10 DEG N(.)
A2-FORECAST FOR 24 HOURS
I)WINDSPEED AND DIRECTION:-NW-LY 10/15 KTS (.)
II)WEATHER:-SCATTERED RA/TS TO THE E OF 70 DEG E AND
S OF 15 DEG N(.)REST AREA FAIR(.)
III)VISIBILITY:-6-4 NM TO THE S OF 05 DEG N AND
S OF 15 DEG N(.)REST AREA 10-8 NM(.)
IV)WAVE HEIGHT:-1-2 M(.)

A2-FORECAST FOR 48 HOURS
I)WINDSPEED AND DIRECTION:-NW-LY 10/15 KTS (.)
II)WEATHER:-SCATTERED RA/TS TO THE E OF 70 DEG E AND
S OF 15 DEG N(.)REST AREA FAIR(.)
III)VISIBILITY:-6-4 NM TO THE S OF 05 DEG N AND
S OF 15 DEG N(.)REST AREA 10-8 NM(.)
IV)WAVE HEIGHT:-1-2 M(.)

A3-BAY OF BENGAL:EQUATOR TO 10 DEG N BETWEEN E OF 80 DEG E
AND WEST OF 10 DEG N/98 DEG 30 MIN E TO 6 DEG N/95 DEG E AND
THENCE S-WARDS TO EQUATOR(.)
A3-FORECAST FOR 24 HOURS
I)WINDSPEED AND DIRECTION:-
1)W OF 90 DEG E:S/SW-LY 15/20 KTS (.)
2)E OF 90 DEG E:SE/S-LY 10/15 KTS(.)
II)WEATHER:-FAIRLY WIDESPREAD RA/TS(.)
III)VISIBILITY:-4-3 NM(.)
IV)WAVE HEIGHT:-1)2-3 M 2)1-2 M(.)

A3-FORECAST FOR 48 HOURS
I)WINDSPEED AND DIRECTION:-
1)N OF 05 DEG N AND W OF 85 DEG E:-SW/S-LY 10/15 KTS(.)
2)REST AREA VARIABLE(.)
II)WEATHER:-FAIRLY WIDESPREAD RA/TS(.)
III)VISIBILITY:-4-3 NM(.)
IV)WAVE HEIGHT:-1)1-2 M 2)LESS THAN 0.5 M(.)

BOB: A4:- BAY OF BENGAL N OF 10 DEG N AND E OF 80 DEG E (.)
A4-FORECAST FOR 24 HOURS:-
I)WINDSPEED AND DIRECTION:-
S-LY 20/25 KTS BEC SE-LY TO THE N OF 16 DEG N(.)
II)WEATHER:-WIDESPREAD RA/TS(.)
III)VISIBILITY:-3-2 NM(.)
IV)WAVE HEIGHT:-3-4 M(.)

A4-FORECAST FOR 48 HOURS
I)WINDSPEED AND DIRECTION:-
1)W OF 85 DEG E:S-LY 10/15 KTS(.)
2)E OF 85 DEG E:SSE-LY 15/20 KTS(.)
II)WEATHER:-FAIRLY WIDESPREAD RA/TS TO THE E OF 85 DEG E(.)
REST AREA ISOLATED RA/TS(.)
III)VISIBILITY:-4-3 NM TO THE E OF 85 DEG E(.)
REST AREA 8-6 NM(.)
IV)WAVE HEIGHT:-1)1-2 M 2)2-3 M(.)

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Philippines: Ferry sinks off Leyte carrying at least 84, at least 70 missing as Typhoon Kalmaegi/Luis approaches – Published 130914 1900z (UTC)

At least 70 people are missing after a ferry sank in the waters off the central Philippines in bad weather on Saturday night, the government’s civil defence office said.

The Maharlika II ferry, carrying at least 84 people went down off the central island of Leyte with only 14 people rescued so far by other boats said Mina Marasigan, spokeswoman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

“Rescue boats had trouble reaching them because the waves were really huge,” she told AFP. The coast guard and private vessels are still in the area, Marasigan said, adding there are hopes more people will be rescued in the coming hours. The ferry had reported “problems with steering” and had also been buffeted by heavy rains, worsened by Typhoon Kalmaegi which is approaching the northern Philippines, she said.

Saturday, 13 September, 2014 at 17:07 (05:07 PM) UTC RSOE

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SOUTHERN LEYTE GOV:

Ferry sinks off Southern Leyte

( Editor’s Note: Reposting article for updates)

MANILA, Philippines – A passenger ferry sank off Southern Leyte and Surigao Saturday night, authorities said.

Strong waves spawned by the southwest monsoon caused the Maharlika 2, a roll off, roll on vessel, to sink in the afternoon, Southern Leyte Governor Roger Mercado said in a live radio interview.

The ship, which came from Surigao City was scheduled to dock in Liloan town, Southern Leyte at 5 p.m., Ricardo said.

But Commander Armand Balilo, spokesman of the Philippine Coast Guard, said in a separate interview that based on initial reports, the ship was “dead on water” and was not sunk by strong waves.

He said based also on initial reports that there were 84 people on the ship – 56 adults, 2 children, and 26 crew.

He said three ships – the Maharlika 4, a sister vessel; St. Martn; and an unnamed third vessel – have responded and were conducting search and rescue operations.

He could not say how many persons were rescued as the figures would be subject to confirmation by the Coast Guard.” – 

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India/ Pakistan: Heavy monsoon rains leave at least 82 dead in Punjab, Kashmir, KPK. More rain forecast – Published 050914 1010z (UTC)

At least forty (G: 82 over Punjab and Azad Kashmir) people died in separate incidents of roof collapse, land sliding and electrocution followed by heavy downpour in Punjab on Thursday.

Heavy rains lashed Lahore where six members of a family lost their lives in a roof collapse, including an infant. In another incident of roof collapse in Government Officers Residence (GOR) Colony, two people died. Separately, a man died after getting electric shocks in Johar Town.

Several deaths were also reported from Sialkot, Faisalabad and Gujranwala. According to rescue sources, a woman and two children died when a house’s wall collapsed on them in Sialkot. Two more deaths were also reported from Faisalabad, while in Monki area of Gujranwala, a child died and two other persons were injured in a roof collapse.

The government of Punjab has declared emergency in the rain-hit areas and launched full-scale rescue operations. Sialkot DCO Nadeem Sarwar said on Thursday that a high wave of flood will pass through the River Chenab midnight Thursday. He said residents of villages adjoining the river had already been evacuated and shifted to safer places.

Talking to APP, he said as many as 33 relief centres had been established in the Sialkot District in addition to medical centres with sufficient medicines.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has warned all the authorities concerned to take necessary precautionary measures during the expected rains between Thursday and Friday. According to the officials of PDMA thunderstorm with isolated heavy rain at a few places is expected in Hazara, Malakand, Peshawar, Mardan and Kohat division. There is a chance of flash flooding in local nullahs and streams.

At least forty people, including women and children, died and 30 sustained injuries in different incidents of roof collapses in various districts of Punjab during current torrential rains. According to a Rescue 1122 spokesman around 13 people, including three women, succumbed to injuries when roofs of different homes caved in different localities of the provincial capital. As per reports, the roof of a double storeyed building caved in near Chah Miran area; Dhobi Ghaat, which resulted in the instant death of six people, including three women.
Similarly, the roof of a house collapsed in GOR-2. Resultantly, two people got stuck under the debris. The rescue service responded to the incident and extricated the victims’ dead bodies. A man died after he suffered an electric shock in Johar Town and another man also died due to a roof collapse. According to reports, three people died when the roof of a house caved in at Thokar Niaz Baig, whereas one man died in a house near Samanabad Roundabout.

Meanwhile, one person died and six sustained multiple injuries in two incidents of roof collapses in Faisalabad; four died and two were injured in Gujranwala due to a roof collapse. Another five people died and two sustained multiple injuries due after receiving electric shock in Sialkot district. Moreover, one person died and two were injured in Chundowal village, whereas one died and 10 sustained multiple injuries in roof collapses in Okara and Kasur.

The rescuers, who responded to the incidents in Punjab, ascertained that mostly dilapidated buildings with poor bases were to blame for the roof collapses. Expressing his concerns, Punjab Rescue DG Dr Rizwan Naseer advised citizens to remove debris and extra weight from the rooftops of the houses and strengthen their bases by putting sand and mud around the walls to avoid collapses. He said the citizens should remove electric wires or cover them properly to avoid electric shocks in monsoon season.

The overnight downpour submerged low-lying areas of Lahore, including Wasanpura, Garhi Shahu, Garden Town, Ferozepur Road, Mall Road, Gulberg and Iqbal Town. Rain emergency has been declared in the province and local administration has been put on high alert to kick off rescue efforts and prevent rain-related casualties.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has warned that all rivers in Punjab would likely be in “very high” to “exceptionally high” flood from Sept 5 to 7 because of expected intensification of the current spell of fairly widespread rains.

Friday, 05 September, 2014 at 04:39 (04:39 AM) UTC RSOE

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“LAHORE/RAWALPINDI:

Death toll from heavy monsoon rains mounted to 82 as torrential downpour continued to batter Punjab and Azad Kashmir, SAMAA reported Friday.

In Punjab, reports said, the death from rain-related incidents reached 60.

Most of the deaths were caused by roof collapses in buildings as rains crippled civic life in the city.

Hundreds of acres of agriculture land inundated in Punjab as dozens of villages were cut off due to rainwater.

In Azad Kashmir, at least 18 people were reported killed. Four people were killed in Haripur district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

More Rain Likely

Authorities warned that more intense rainfall and flash floods could cause flooding in major rivers.

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast more rain during next 12 hours in Punjab, Azad Kashmir and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, adding that the rain may continue till Sunday.

PMD said if the rains continued for two days, the high flooding in rivers may inundate vast swatches of land in Punjab.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has kicked off rescue and relief operations.

High Flood

Due to flash flooding in Kashmir region, the rivers Jhelum and Neelum are close to overflowing in some places, officials said.

Reports said a high flood level is being witnessed in River Chenab at Marala Headworks.

Authorities in Sialkot and Narowal areas have issued flood warnings in various areas of Punjab and evacuated local people from villages.

Pak Army has also been called in to assist local administration.

Pakistan has suffered deadly monsoon floods for at least the last four years — in 2013, 178 people were killed and around 1.5 million affected by flooding around the country.

The floods of 2010 were the worst in Pakistan’s history, with 1,800 people killed and 21 million affected in what became a major humanitarian crisis. SAMAA/AFP” – http://www.samaa.tv

J-K: Bus washed away by floods, 50 feared dead

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times Jammu/Srinagar, September 04, 2014

First Published: 15:02 IST(4/9/2014) | Last Updated: 11:02 IST(5/9/2014)

“At least fifty people were feared dead on Thursday after a bus carrying a wedding party was washed away by flash floods inJammu and Kashmirs Rajouri district, even as 20 other flood-related deaths were reported from other parts of the state.

Three days of heavy rain left rivers in the state flowing above the danger mark and triggered landslides in several places, forcing key highway stretches to close for traffic. More rainfall is likely for at least the next two days, the meteorological department warned.

On Thursday afternoon, the bus — filled to its capacity of 52, including the bride and groom was on its way to Lam, around 120 km from Jammu city, when it was hit by surging waters of the Gambhir river. Only three people survived the accident.

Rescue operations were severely hampered by heavy rainfall, said Rajouri senior superintendent of police Mubassir Latifi.

The state capital of Srinagar also braced for major floods with the Jhelum, Kashmirs main river, flowing more than seven feet above the danger mark.

Vast swathes of Srinagar remain inundated, with water levels just a few feet shy of breaching Lal Chowk, the citys commercial hub.

With water level rising by the hour, locals complained of administrative apathy. Our colony has been under water since 2am Thursday but no help arrived till morning. Only two boats, with a capacity of four, were made available by the administration, even though hundreds of people are stranded, said Mushtaq Ali, a resident of Hamdania colony in Srinagars Bemina area.

Torrential rainfall forced the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage to be suspended on Thursday after three people were injured in landslides triggered by heavy showers.

The 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway also closed for traffic after two landslides in the Ramban district left hundreds of vehicles stranded.

South Kashmirs Anantnag and Kulgam districts are among the worst hit, with at least 50 villages under water and more than 1500 people marooned. On Thursday, the government dispatched 50 boats to the region that evacuated hundreds of people trapped by floodwater. A number of bridges have also collapsed in south and central Kashmir, cutting off several hamlets.

People living along the banks of Jhelum and embankments of other water bodies have been asked to move to safer areas immediately, said Kashmir divisional commissioner.

Amid complaints that the administration was slow in responding to the crisis, chief minister Omar Abdullah conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected districts on Thursday, directing officials to take all necessary measures to safeguard lives of people affected by the deluge.

The government has asked the air force to keep a rescue plan ready, and around 500,000 sand bags have been kept available, said a spokesperson. The cabinet has also approved Rs. 10 crore for rescue work.

All schools and colleges are closed in the state till Sunday. Kashmir University has postponed its examination.” – Hindustan Times

 

Nigeria: Passenger boat with 34 aboard sinks near Port Harcourt, 12 drowned, 17 rescued, others missing – Published 300814 1800z (UTC)

Boat capsized off the coast of southeast Nigeria leaving 12 dead (Credit: ynaija.com)

No less than 10 people (G: now 12) have drowned following the capsizing and sinking of a boat carrying 35 passengers. The passenger boat was headed for Port Harcourt when it suffered the mishap which killed 10 people, and 8 persons reportedly missing.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) co-ordinator, Onimode Bandele confirmed the incident saying, We can confirm that 10 persons died early today when a Port Harcourt-bound passenger boat sank. Rescue efforts are ongoing and the agency is already working with other bodies and security agencies in the rescue efforts.

Adonye Wilcox, the chairman of Bonny local government council, also confirmed the accident, which he said occurred at 7:45 am on Friday, 29 August. Information available indicates that the boat hit an object on the way and sank, he said. Local divers have rescued 17 persons, including four members of the National Youth Service Corps, while 10 persons died as a result of the accident. Wilcox also added that a search was being conducted for the eight people who are unaccounted for.

Saturday, 30 August, 2014 at 04:42 (04:42 AM) UTC RSOE

Update

news.yahoo.com: “Port Harcourt (Nigeria) (AFP) –

Two more people were confirmed dead on Saturday after an overloaded boat capsized off the coast of southeast Nigeria, taking the death toll to 12.

Twenty-two people were rescued and taken to hospital after the boat went down on Friday as it travelled between Bonny Island and Port Harcourt, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

“From our investigation, the capacity of the boat was 25 but it was carrying 34 people,” said NEMA local coordinator Onimode Bandele, revising downward by one the number of people thought to have been on board.

“We also learnt that on August 28, the same boat hit an object which affected its hull and we are not sure if it was repaired before being used again,” he told AFP.

The boat is thought to have hit an object and overturned early on Friday.

Boat accidents in Nigeria occur frequently and are often caused by overloading, poor vessel maintenance, speeding and poor lighting.”

UK: RNLI lifeguards at Polzeath rescued 32 people last night after they extended their patrol hours – Published 120814 1752z (GMT/UTC)

Lifeguards carry out rescues at Polzeath

RNLI Lifeguards carry out rescues at Polzeath (Credit: RNLI)

RNLI lifeguards at Polzeath rescued 32 people last night after they extended their patrol hours.

With a large number of people in the water and difficult conditions on the high spring tide, the lifeguard team stayed on past their normal finishing time of 6pm to ensure everybody was safe.

The lifeguard team, made up of Ben Miskowicz, Chris Rowlands, Phil Bartlett, Scott Temple, Christian Parker and Craig O’Rourke, were patrolling the beach yesterday (Monday 11 August) and when 6pm approached they realised the conditions were too dangerous to finish their lifeguard duties.

The team stayed on and rescued a total of 32 people, including seven swimmers and 25 bodyboarders, many of them children. They eventually packed down the beach at 7.30pm, an hour and a half after their normal operational finishing time.

Senior lifeguard Ben Miskowicz explains: ‘The conditions at Polzeath this week are particularly challenging, we have a high tide, strong onshore winds and large swell. The winter storms have changed the typography of Polzeath and now at high tide we have some rip currents at both the northern and southern end of the beach. The northern rip is particularly prominent at high tide at the moment and between 6pm and 7.15pm last night the lifeguards assisted 32 people who’d fallen off the bank of sand and straight into the path of the rip current.

‘I was at the cliff top unit at the south end of the beach and Chris was at the northern end while Craig, Phil and Christian were in the water on rescue boards. As we had a higher view we were able to spot casualties and guide the lifeguards in the water to them. I could see how strong the rip was, when the lifeguards stopped paddling on the rescue board they were pulled away very quickly, it was incredibly strong.’

Today is the highest tide of the year, with high tide at Polzeath at 7.15pm, so lifeguards are urging people to take extra care in the conditions.

Chris Wafer, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: ‘The lifeguard team did a fantastic job last night in challenging conditions and received praise from many members of the public for their efforts in keeping people safe.

‘We’ve seen strong onshore winds and a big swell combined with spring tides in recent days which have created these difficult conditions. With another large tide tonight it’s possible the lifeguard team may stay on later again to ensure everybody is safe. If you are heading to the beach please speak to the lifeguards to find out the hazards and take heed of their advice.’

To help keep children safe in the sea this summer, the RNLI has partnered with the ASA to offer Swim Safe. Providing free open-water swimming improver lessons to children aged between 7-14, the programme is running at Bude throughout the summer. For more information go to http://www.swimming.org/go/parents/swim-safe/

– RNLI

  • Date:
    12/08/2014
  • Author: Emma Haines

The RNLI added in a Facebook post:

“32 people were rescued at Polzeath beach in Cornwall last night – after lifeguards extended their patrol hours. With their 6pm finish time approaching, and a large number of people still in the water and a high spring tide, the team realised the conditions were too dangerous for them to leave their post. When people began to get caught in the path of a rip current, the lifeguards were able to leap into action. This week sees some of the highest tides of the year, so if you’re visiting the coast, remember to ‪#‎RespectTheWater‬ and visit a lifeguarded beach where possible. ”

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI – public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

 

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland

 

South Africa: Young male surfer, 20, bitten by White Shark in Muizenberg – Multi-agency response – Published 010814 1715z (UTC)

“At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simonstown volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach.

The man was reported to have been assisted out of the water.

NSRI Simonstown volunteers, CMR paramedics and a CMR ambulance, the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter responded.

NSRI Strandfontein were placed on alert.

On arrival on-scene a 20 year old male, from Newlands (originally from Durban), was found to be in a stable condition with multiple lacerations to his lower limbs (some of which are deep lacerations) and an avulsion to the left thigh.

A member of the public had begun first aid treatment on the scene prior to paramedics arriving and the member of the public had cut the surf board leash from the surfers surf board and had tied the leash around the patients limbs to act as a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood.

The man has been airlifted by the Skymed helicopter to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.

He was assisted out of the water by his friend.

At the time of the incident the Shark Spotters were flying the Black Shark Flag (indicating poor water and weather visibility conditions – a misty haze) and a bystander had approached the shark spotters to inform them that they had seen a shark fin in the water and the incident happened when the Shark Siren (indicating swimmers and surfers to clear the water) was in the process of being activated.

Shark Spotters and Law Enforcement officers have closed Muizenberg Beach and bathers and surfers along the False Bay coastline are urged to exercise caution.

The species of shark involved has been confirmed by the bite marks to have been a White Shark and eye-witness accounts suggest the shark to have been between 3 and 4 meters in length but the length of the shark cannot be confirmed pending further investigations.

These pictures are low resolution but are available on Sea Rescue’s Flickr page.

” – NSRI

At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simon's Town volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach.

At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simon's Town volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach.

 

Ireland: 13-year-old boy drowned at reservoir in Drogheda, highlighting the dangers of swimming in areas without lifeguards – Published 240714 2200z

Irish Coast Guard:

Tough call out for emergency services today including Coast Guard units from Drogheda and Rescue 116. RIP.

Boyne Fishermans Rescue and Recovery:

24:07:2014 Drowning accident at reservoir

The Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue & Recovery Service where alerted to a accident today at 16.30 hrs. The call reported a possible drowning accident in the Rose Hall Reservoir in Drogheda.

Our emergency paging system was activated and our mobile unit was dispatched immediately to the scene of the accident. Meanwhile our underwater search team had been alerted and were on route also.

The underwater search team deployed two divers into the reservoir and shortly afterwards they recovered the body of a local Teenager.

The drowning this evening at Rose Hall Reservoir has brought great sadness and shock to the people of Drogheda.

Rose Hall is can be a busy spot in good weather, but it is also very dangerous.

Irish Water Safety has made repeated appeals for awareness of the dangers of swimming in areas without lifeguards, such as quarries, reservoirs, rivers and lakes.

It was a combined effort at this evenings recovery, alongside the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue & Recovery Service were Drogheda Coast Guard, Drogheda Fire and Rescue, Drogheda Ambulance Service and Drogheda Gardai.

Members of the Boyne Fishermens Rescue and Recovery Service wish to extend its sympathies to the family and friends of the teenager”

Other Reports

RTE IE: Thursday 24 July 2014 21.49

A thirteen-year-old boy has drowned in a lake in Drogheda.

The boy was swimming with two friends when he got into difficulty in a reservoir in Rosehall

Rose Hall Reservoir in Drogheda. (Image: rte.ie)

 

The boy was swimming with two friends when he got into difficulty in a reservoir in Rosehall in the north of the town this afternoon.

Two girls raised the alarm and the Dundalk Coastguard Unit was alerted at 3.50pm this afternoon.

Members of the coastguard searched the water where the boy had disappeared but were initially unable to find him.

Divers from the Boyne Fishermans Rescue and Recovery joined the search and after almost an hour of searching he was found.

Dermot McConnoran, officer in charge of the Dundalk coastguard unit, said a second tragedy was avoided after another boy went into the reservoir to help his friend and also got into difficulty.

Richard Skelly, a member of Boyne Fishermen Rescue and Recovery said it was heartbreaking knowing the boys parents were behind a cordon while the search took place.

He added it’s “a terrible tragedy and the whole community is in shock this evening”.

Body of 13-year-old boy recovered from water in Drogheda

THE BODY OF a 13-year-old boy has been recovered from a water treatment plant in Drogheda, Co Louth.

It’s reported that he had been swimming with friends when he got into difficulty.

Gardaí say the body was recovered before 5 o’clock this evening after they received a 999 call from a member of the public.

A search and rescue operation was immediately launched and the Coast Guard Helicopter was also dispatched.

The dive unit from the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue & Recovery Service recovered the body with the assistance of the Drogheda Coast Guard.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The boy’s remains have been taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

A post mortem will be carried out tomorrow.” – http://www.thejournal.ie