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GPS error led to reef disaster

Alarms on a Chinese bulk carrier that ran aground on Australia's Great Barrier Reef failed to warn of the collision because a shortcut had not been entered into the ship's GPS, according to a report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.



No prize, just jail time, after fishing tournament scandal

A Texas bass tournament competitor admits he put a one-pound lead weight down the gullet of a fish he caught in an event last October. At stake that day was the tournament's top prize, a $55,000 boat.



Rower sets an ocean-crossing record

A hundred and one days after he launched his small rowboat from the Canary Islands, a retired deputy U.S. marshal from Massachusetts reached a small island off the coast of Guadeloupe early Wednesday and became the oldest American to row across an ocean alone.



Senators see gaps in Coast Guard's budget

Democratic and Republican senators raised concerns Tuesday that the Coast Guard faces serious gaps in personnel and equipment under President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget request.



Coast Guard issues safety alert for DSC-equipped VHFs

Certain models of Digital Selective Calling-equipped VHF radios will automatically switch from a working channel to Channel 16 upon receipt of a DSC distress alert, distress alert acknowledgment and other DSC calls in which a channel number has been designated, according to a Coast Guard Safety Alert.



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