With more 600 towboats spread across the country responding to more than 60,000 routine requests from boaters for on-the-water assistance, the law of averages dictates that the captains of these vessels are bound to run into life-threatening emergencies.
Four retired adventurers have set off across the Atlantic on a raft, obviously to some degree of criticism.
In the annals of the sea, there were few sailors who had worse luck than George Pollard Jr. Pollard was the captain of the Essex, the doomed Nantucket whaler whose demise, in 1820, came in a most unbelievable fashion: it was attacked and sunk by an angry sperm whale, an event that inspired Herman Melville to write "Moby-Dick."
When the winds howl out of the northeast, few anglers brave the whitecaps that roll across Chesapeake Bay.
The United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a press notice stating that two commercial yacht operators pleaded guilty to using unsafe commercial yachts on trans-Atlantic voyages while carrying students for yacht training courses.
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