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Police: More than a dozen people rescued from SeaWorld ride

Feb. 19, 2019 2:52 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police say more than a dozen people trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego have been rescued. San Diego police tell FOX5 News that around six gondolas stopped functioning Monday night after a big gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on "Bayside Skyride." Authorities had estimated...

Hiker who got stuck in quicksand at Utah park rescued

Feb. 18, 2019 1:10 PM EST

SPRINGDALE, Utah (AP) — Authorities have rescued a hiker who got stranded in a creek during winter weather at Zion National Park in Utah after his leg got stuck in quicksand. Zion National Park says the 34-year-old man from Arizona and his companion were unable to free him after his leg got buried...

2 from rescue group plead guilty over cats left in trailer

Feb. 18, 2019 10:25 AM EST

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Two women who ran an Ohio animal rescue operation have pleaded guilty to charges related to the abandonment of more than 20 cats in a trailer that was then tied shut. They were charged in August after the Licking County Humane Society took custody of the cats left behind by the women's...

Greece: 4 bodies recovered from car swept into river

Feb. 18, 2019 8:53 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say rescue crews have recovered the bodies of four people who were swept away in their car by a swollen river on the southern island of Crete, following heavy rainfall in the region. The fire department said rescue crews located the car in the Geropotamos river on...

Work-release inmates help rescue Florida baby locked in SUV

Feb. 17, 2019 12:33 PM EST

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Some work-release inmates made a Valentine's Day rescue when a Florida couple accidentally locked their baby inside their SUV. Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll told WFLA-TV the parents could not afford a locksmith, and the father intended to break a window....

About 40 people remain trapped in Liberian gold mine

Feb. 17, 2019 10:50 AM EST

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Fellow miners have been using their bare hands to remove debris in an effort to free some 40 gold miners who have been trapped for a week, a spokesman for Liberia's disaster management agency said Sunday. Authorities are now trying to arrange for an excavator to help in the rescue...

24 bodies found after Zimbabwe mine disaster; search goes on

Feb. 17, 2019 8:34 AM EST

KADOMA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Searchers have recovered 24 bodies from a mine in Zimbabwe that was flooded after heavy rains, trapping dozens of subsistence miners underground. Henrietta Rushwaya, leader of the country's small-scale miners' association, said Sunday that 23 of the bodies have been identified since...

8 miners rescued in Zimbabwe; dozens more feared dead

Feb. 16, 2019 1:57 PM EST

KADOMA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Eight subsistence miners who were trapped underground for several days after heavy flooding in Zimbabwe have been rescued, though dozens of their co-workers are still missing and feared dead. Rescuers on Saturday pulled the exhausted, muddied survivors from the ground and took them...

Safety board: Boat sinking probably caused by pilot error

Feb. 15, 2019 1:04 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The sinking of a towboat in the Mississippi River was probably caused by a boat pilot's mistake and lack of oversight of the vessel, federal officials said. The National Transportation and Safety Board reported the pilot had decided to operate the boat with unsecured deck hatches when...

The Latest: Paddleboarder dies in storm-swollen channel

Feb. 14, 2019 10:41 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on storms hitting the West (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The storm pounding California may have claimed a second life. Authorities in Escondido, northeast of San Diego, recovered the body Thursday of a man who witnesses say had been paddle-boarding down the surging current in a...