Latest Recreational water sports News

Pregnant woman pulls husband to safety after shark attack

Sep. 23, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — When a shark attacked her husband during a snorkeling trip in the Florida Keys, his pregnant wife didn't think twice, jumping out of a boat to pull him to safety, a sheriff's deputy said. Andrew Eddy, 30, was on a private boat with his wife, Margot Dukes-Eddy and her family at the...

Georgia snorkeler attacked by shark in Florida Keys

Sep. 20, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A 30-year-old snorkeler from Atlanta, Georgia was attacked by a shark in the Florida Keys on Sunday. Andrew Eddy was in a private boat with his family, exploring the reefs at Sombrero Key Light when he was bitten on the shoulder by a bull shark, Monroe County Sheriff's officials said....

South Carolina's oldest city gets long awaited river park

Sep. 19, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in more than a century, the public has access to the Wateree River in South Carolina's oldest city. Camden opened the new $1.4 million Camden Riverfront Environmental Park on Wednesday. The park became possible after the closing of a wastewater lagoon along the...

Elaine and Jack Hulgan pose for a portrait after riding out the hurricane in their attic, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Cantonment, Fla. Rivers swollen by Hurricane Sally's rains threatened more misery for parts of the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama on Thursday, as the storm's remnants continued to dump heavy rains inland that spread the threat of flooding to Georgia and the Carolinas.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

'IN ATTIC HELP': Couple is rescued from storm Sally by water

Sep. 17, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

CANTONMENT, Fla. (AP) — The firetrucks and rescue vehicles kept passing her house even after Elaine Hulgan, 76, wrote “IN ATTIC HELP” on the front door. So Hulgan's 84-year-old husband resorted to his best emergency signal: an ear-splitting whistle. The noise rose above the din, and a...

FILE - In this July 15, 2008 file photo, Tommy Bartlett Show owner Tom Diehl poses in Lake Delton, Wis. The coronavirus pandemic has forced an iconic Wisconsin Dells-area water ski show to shut down forever. Diehl, president and co-owner of the Tommy Bartlett Show in Lake Delton, said Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 that the show can't recover from the loss of revenue this summer. The show was preparing for its 70th season when the pandemic happened, forcing Diehl to cancel the season. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Pandemic forces iconic Wisconsin water ski show to close

Sep. 16, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced an iconic Wisconsin Dells-area water ski show to shut down forever. Tom Diehl, president and co-owner of the Tommy Bartlett Show in Lake Delton, said Wednesday that the show can't recover from the loss of revenue this summer. The show was preparing...

Tabitha, a 168-pound loggerhead turtle, crawls into the ocean in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, after being released by Sea Turtle Recovery, a volunteer group that rescues sick or injured turtles, nurses them back to health and returns them to the ocean. Tabitha was stranded in the surf in Cape May, on June 27, 2019, where she was near death weakened by pneumonia, severe anemia, and an intestinal blockage. The antenna on her back is a tracking device that should last for about 30 days. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Once near death, rescued sea turtles sent back to the ocean

Sep. 15, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — The last time she felt the ocean waves swirling around her, Tabitha was near death. She was tossed about in the surf in Cape May, weakened by pneumonia, severe anemia, and an intestinal blockage. She also was laden with parasites and covered with 15 pounds (7 kilograms) of...

Women hope to 'diversify the lineup' for Black surfers

Sep. 13, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (AP) — From the deck of her parents’ boat in Tampa Bay, GiGi Lucas grew up watching orange sherbet sunsets and the nautical wonders of the ocean. Lucas always loved being in the water, but it wasn’t until she was 35 that she discovered the true beauty of learning to surf in...

Body of swimmer recovered on Rockaway Beach

Sep. 12, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The body of a 21-year-old woman swept away by currents at Rockaway Beach has been recovered. Police said the body of Chinnel Brown, of Brooklyn, was found on the shore near Beach 136th St. and Rockaway Beach Blvd shortly before 10 a.m. on Saturday. She had disappeared Friday evening. A...

Boats sit well above the water level of the Tippecanoe River on a man-made canal, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in Monticello, Ind. (Nikos Frazier/Journal & Courier via AP)

Drought, water releases shrink Indiana lake, pinch economy

Sep. 12, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — The seasonal economy along a northern Indiana lake that’s a popular boating destination is feeling a pinch as the lake continues to shrink following weeks of scant rainfall and water releases required to protect federally endangered mussels. Boaters, tubers and water skiers...

Warnings issued as Portuguese man-of-war stings beachgoers

Sep. 9, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — Swimmers will go into the ocean at their own risk off Rhode Island after two beachgoers were stung by something and a Portuguese man-of-war was recovered from the water. Purple flags will be flown at state beaches to warn swimmers of the dangers this weekend, The Providence...