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A life-saving app rewards its creator

lifesaving_app_1A navigation app with a “buddy” feature that enables a friend or family member to track your boat saved the life of the app developer’s son and four of his friends while they were duck hunting.

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First El Faro suits settled, investigation continues

elfaro1jpgAs the National Transportation Safety Board continues its investigation into the sinking of El Faro and the Coast Guard holds hearings into the loss of the 737-foot cargo ship, families of 10 crewmembers who died when it sank in Hurricane Joaquin have reached settlements with the ship’s owner.

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Yachtsman Bob Oatley remembered

yachtsman1Vale Robert Oatley started out as a man of modest means and built a business empire on coffee beans, wine and luxury resorts, but many will remember him as a yachtsman and a sailor. Oatley died Jan. 10 from a lung infection. He was 87.

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Lost whaling fleet found at last

whaling1With the Arctic ice pack shrinking, NOAA archaeologists were able to explore the waters off Alaska’s North Slope and locate two of 33 whaling ships crushed and lost in the ice nearly 145 years ago.

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An equal-opportunity Coast Guard leader

coastguardCapt. Todd Prestidge, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey, welcomes on average 100 new recruits each week, 40 weeks a year. The men and women who sign on for the eight-week basic-training program are impressionable, and it’s Prestidge’s job to make a positive impression.

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