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Capt Lou's Nautical News 4/5/15

BODY OF FISHERMAN WHO FELL OVERBOARD RECOVERED
Earlier this week, a 54 year old scallop fisherman fell off a New Bedford vessel named Hear No Evil. The accident happened at night about 37 miles offshore southeast of Nantucket. The Coast Guard was called and after a short search, a Coast Guard helicopter crew found the man's body. Officials said the fisherman was not wearing a life jacket. The six crewmates on the 85 foot boat said that no one saw him go overboard, and initially didn't know how long he was missing. Coast Guard Commander Richard Schultz said, "Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. The sea is an unforgiving work environment, and when we lose a fellow mariner, it ripples through the entire maritime community."

SAILOR RESCUED AFTER ADRIFT FOR 66 DAYS AT SEA
Louis Jordan, 37 years old of South Carolina, survived 66 days at sea after his 35 foot sailboat capsized. He was rescued by a German container ship about 200 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras. Jordan who was unemployed, was living on the sailboat on the Intacoastal Waterway at Bucksport Marina in South Carolina. The marina's dockmaster said most of his meals were fish he caught at the dock and wild fruits that he picked on land. Then on January 23rd, he informed his mother and father that he was going to sail into the ocean and do some offshore fishing, but he never said in what direction he was heading. That was the last anyone heard from him until he was rescued. The Coast Guard in Miami was notified by his father on January 29th that he hadn't seen or heard from his son in a week. One week later, Davis said their son was still missing and this time his mother called the Coast Guard. A search began on February 8th and 10 days later the search was suspended. It was presumed that Louis Jordan was lost forever at sea. After his rescue, Jordan said he survived by catching and eating fish and drinking rain water. Other than an injury to his shoulder or a possible broken collar bone, he was reported to be in good health. Jordan said that he worried about dying out on the ocean, but knew he had an angel with him. Angel was his boat's name.

COAST GUARD RESCUES 9 OFF CANADIAN TALL SHIP
The Coast Guard rescued nine men from a Canadian tall ship named Liana's Ransom off the coast of Gloucester after the vessel became disabled in rough waters. Crew members called the Coast Guard for help in the wee hours of the morning stating that the ship's engines were out of commission and its sails were wrapped around the mast. They gave their position as about 60 miles east of Gloucester. The Coast Guard sent two motor lifeboats to the rescue in 10 foot seas as weather conditions worsened. After locating the tall ship, tow lines were connected, but the lines broke in the rough seas. Crew members on the tall ship were forced to jump from their ship into the lifeboats instead. One person suffered a head injury during that process and was flown to Mass General Hospital by a Coast Guard helicopter. The other eight crew members returned safely to Gloucester. Although the tall ship was abandoned, the Coast Guard crew left a locator beacon on Liana's Ransom so it could be tracked and relocated.

CLOSE FINISH TO LEG 5 OF THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE
The longest and toughest leg of this year's Volvo Ocean Race will come to an exciting finish this afternoon. After racing 6700 miles from New Zealand to Brazil, only 5 or 6 miles separate the 4 teams in the lead with less than a 100 miles to the finish line. The next leg of the race will bring the sailors to Newport, Rhode Island.

ITALIANS QUIT AMERICA'S CUP CAMPAIGN
There is trouble brewing again amongst the teams participating in the America's Cup. This time the teams are battling over the size of the boats. The Italians and the New Zealanders want to keep the size of the boats that was agreed upon last June. However, they were out voted by the Americans, Swedes, British, and French who now want the boats to be smaller. The boats in the 2013 America's Cup races were 72 foot long catamarans. The teams in June unanimously agreed to reduce the boats to 62 feet, but now the majority of the teams want the boats down to 48 feet for the 2017 regatta in Bermuda. While the downsizing was considered a major cost-cutting move for the team organizers, the Italians were believed to be at an advanced stage in their development of the 62 foot long boat. Since they are not getting their way, and do not want to develop a smaller boat, team Luna Rossa is pulling out of the next America's Cup campaign.

BIRTH CONTROL PILLS AFFECTING FISH EGGS
Women take note. Scientists claim your birth control pill is affecting more than just your body. They claim it is also affecting the fish. A chemical component in the pill gets into sewage systems a number of different ways and ultimately ends up in the bays and harbors in extremely high doses. A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey found that fish exposed to the drug produced very few fertilized eggs.

FERTILIZER RUNOFF MAKES FISH CHANGE SEX
In a related story to the birth control pills getting into the water, three million people drink water from the Potomac River, and something in it is causing the male fish to switch sex. Over the past 12 years, male smallmouth and largemouth bass in the Potomac River and in the Chesapeake Bay region have switched sex. It is possible that birth control pills are the cause, but some believe that the chemicals in fertilizer used by farmers are the culprit. Also, it is no secret that farmers spray enormous amounts of pesticides that run into the water during every storm. A U. S. Geological Survey researcher said intersex is definitely occurring, but we don't know why. Even worse she said, there is a good chance the fertilizer is also affecting people.

BOAT/US RELEASES TOP 10 BOAT NAMES FOR 2015
And last on today's nautical news, Boat/US released its list of the top 10 boat names for 2015. Serenity took the number 1 spot for the second year in a row. Boat/US has been keeping track of the top 10 names since 1992 and Serenity has been on that list 10 times. Boat/US spokesman Scott Croft said boaters choose the name Serenity because "calm, peaceful and untroubled is what boating is all about." The 9 other names on this year's list are: Seas the Day, Andiamo (Italian for "let's go"), Aquaholic, Second Wind, Island Time, Happy Ours, Journey, Serendipity, and Relentless.
 

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