Latest Atlantic Ocean News

Situation 'dire' as Coast Guard seeks 38 missing off Florida

Jan. 26, 2022 11:22 AM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard battled time and currents Wednesday as its planes and ships searched for 38 people missing off the coast of Florida, four days after a suspected human smuggling boat capsized in a storm. The accident killed at least one person and left a...

Spain rescues 319 migrants at sea, 18 more feared drowned

Jan. 26, 2022 07:38 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Emergency services on Spain's Canary Islands say 319 people, including 59 women and 24 children, were rescued from seven different boats trying to reach the archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, while activists say at least 18 migrants have died. Spanish rescue vessels...

Loons rescued from New Hampshire lake to be released

Jan. 24, 2022 10:28 AM EST

RYE, N.H. (AP) — A flock of 10 loons rescued frozen Lake Winnipesaukee Lake is due to be released Monday into the Atlantic Ocean. WMUR-TV reports that the 10 adult loons trapped in Lake Winnipesaukee were rescued Saturday by members of the New Hampshire’s Loon Preservation...

French adventurer dies attempting solo Atlantic crossing

Jan. 23, 2022 06:30 AM EST

LE PECQ, France (AP) — A 75-year-old French adventurer has died on a solo attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean. The death of Jean-Jacques Savin was announced by his friends on a Facebook page that had been chronicling his voyage. They said maritime rescue...

NJ casinos, tracks won $4.7B in 2021; in-person winnings lag

Jan. 14, 2022 16:13 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Casino gambling, sports betting and online wagering in New Jersey brought in over $4.7 billion in 2021, but the casinos' core business — in-person gambling — did slightly poorer than it did before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Figures released Friday...

Old Florida Keys bridge reopens to pedestrians, bicyclists

Jan. 12, 2022 17:31 PM EST

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A segment of a 110-year-old Florida Keys bridge reopened to pedestrians and bicyclists on Wednesday following a $44 million restoration project. Rehabilitation construction on the oft-photographed 2.2-mile (3.5-km) span of the Old Seven Mile Bridge began in...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 12, 2022 14:39 PM EST

Palm Beach Post. January 9, 2022. Editorial: Florida legislative session promises little drama amid election-year spending spree On Tuesday, the Florida Legislature will start its annual session with an upbeat speech by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the promise of big boosts...

How did a giant buoy become a Key West tourist attraction?

Jan. 09, 2022 03:11 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A 20-ton concrete buoy, which marks the Southernmost Point and 90 miles to Cuba, is one of Key West’s famous landmarks. Tourists flock to the marker every day to take photos, snap selfies, buy a souvenir or two. But how did such a magnet arrive in 1983 on an...

Repairs complete on famous Key West buoy after fire damage

Jan. 07, 2022 08:50 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Restoration has been completed on Key West’s Southernmost Point marker, one of the most photographed landmarks in the Florida Keys, following damage from a fire intentionally set early New Year’s Day. City public works staff finished repainting the marker...

Research: Wreck of last US slave ship mostly intact on coast

Dec. 22, 2021 16:42 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Researchers studying the wreckage of the last U.S. slave ship, buried in mud on the Alabama coast since it was scuttled in 1860, have made the surprising discovery that most of the wooden schooner remains intact, including the pen that was used to imprison African captives...