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Health chief urges swimming, boating safety after drownings

Jul. 8, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's health commissioner is urging people to practice swimming and boating safety this summer following a number of recent drownings. Dr. Mark Levine said Tuesday to always wear a life jacket on a boat, including a kayak or rowboat; be aware of local weather patterns; swim with...

Maine Marine Patrol to crack down on boating under influence

Jul. 4, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Maine Marine Patrol is warning boaters in the state it will be looking for anyone violating state laws about operating vessels while under the influence during the holiday weekend. The agency is participating in Operation Dry Water, a national awareness and enforcement campaign...

Confirmed coronavirus hospitalizations continue to decline

Jul. 1, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The number people hospitalized in Rhode Island with confirmed cases of COVID-19 — a key indicator in the success of controlling the disease — continues to decline, the state Department of Health reported Wednesday. There were 69 people in the state's hospitals with the...

Hundreds of boats congregate around Gull Island, Mich., during the annual Jobbie Nooner in Lake St. Clair, Friday, June 26, 2020. The gathering, an annual celebration of water and sun, is at odds with Michigan's rules intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Andy Morrison/Detroit News via AP)

Annual Michigan boat party threatens social distancing rules

Jun. 26, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

GULL ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of boats congregated Friday around a small island in Lake St. Clair in an annual celebration of water and sun that was expected to place thousands of people at odds with Michigan's rules intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus. No people or groups organized the...

New Mexico puts bilingual signs at lakes on invasive species

Jun. 26, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has erected its first-ever bilingual Spanish-English billboards at two lakes around invasive species. The state Department of Game and Fish announced this month officials posted two billboards at Elephant Butte Lake and a third at Caballo Lake. The signs inform boaters to...

Michigan county seeks $10M for park at former mining site

Jun. 21, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A community is seeking a $10 million state grant to buy a former sand mining site on Lake Michigan and convert it to a public park. Michigan's Muskegon County has applied for the funding from the Department of Natural Resources for the purchase of the former Nugent Sand property...

Virus dampens popular Missouri summer tradition

Jun. 20, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bob Franklin’s canoe rental shop on Missouri’s Black River has withstood 43 years of history, bolstered each year by crowds interested in getting on the river during float season. But his shop has never encountered anything like a viral pandemic. “We’re still...

Juan Manuel Ballestero stands on his boat in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Ballestero crossed the Atlantic on a small sailboat, setting off from the port of Porto Santo in Portugal on March 24 and finally reaching Mar del Plata on Wednesday to be reunited with his parents after flights to Argentina were cut due to the COVID-19 lockdown. (AP Photo/Vicente Robles)

No flights, Argentine sails the Atlantic to be with parents

Jun. 18, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Unable to fly home to be with his parents during the pandemic, Juan Manuel Ballestero decided to make the cross-Atlantic trip to Argentina from Portugal by sailboat, launching a three-month odyssey that included battling storms and dangerous waves. Now in his hometown of Mar...

Kayaker drowns in Mecan River in Marquette County

Jun. 15, 2020 7:02 AM EDT

MONTELLO, Wis. (AP) — A woman who drowned while kayaking in Marquette County was from Ripon, according to sheriff's officials. Tammi McCauley, 57, was kayaking with her sister on the Mecan River in the Town of Mecan Saturday. Authorities say bystanders attempted to revive the woman before emergency crews...

Legislature moves to up penalty for boating under influence

Jun. 9, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH, Penn. (AP) — Pennsylvanians caught boating under the influence could face stiffer penalties as support for stricter laws grows in the state Legislature. The House and a Senate committee passed a measure that would make the penalties for people driving a boat under the influence of alcohol or...