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January 10, 1988 | By J. Lowe Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Boat Show is slated for Jan. 30-Feb. 7, and while 600 boats definitely will be on display at the Civic Center, an unprecedented feature may be in the offing: a boycott and possibly a picket line by area boaters. Members of the Delaware River Yachtsmen's League, an organization representing 27 boat clubs and thousands of boaters, have expressed dismay at the decision of show manager Jim Ranieri to deny space to the Committee for the Preservation of Franklyn Cove.
NEWS
August 8, 1991 | By Gregory Spears, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Boaters are balking at paying an unpopular new user fee on their pleasure craft. The Coast Guard said yesterday that only 3 percent of boaters across the country had paid the fees that were due by July 31 on an estimated 4.1 million recreational boats. Some boat owners still do not know about the recreational-vessel fee, congressional staffers say, and many others have decided to play a waiting game before they pay. And no wonder. The Coast Guard has said that it will be lenient in enforcing the law until Oct. 1, by which time Congress may be well on its way to repealing it. "There is massive opposition, confusion and misinformation going from dock to dock," said Michael Sciulla, spokesman for BOAT/U.
NEWS
May 21, 1991 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
Two Delaware County men remained missing yesterday after they fell from a 19-foot powerboat Sunday night while making a sharp turn during an outing on the Delaware River, police said. The boat was found in the river shortly before dawn yesterday, but no one was aboard, police said. Carl Gurer, 50, of Ridley Township, and Daniel Devaco, 48, of Essington, were lost about 9:30 p.m. Sunday near Philadelphia International Airport, according to police. A third person, Donna Weber, 32, of Collingdale, also fell from the boat, but she managed to swim to an unnamed island 50 to 100 yards from shore, where she collapsed, according to police.
NEWS
June 7, 1987 | By S. A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a dramatic swim for help, six pleasure-boaters were rescued last night from the Delaware River after their 14-foot boat struck a hidden object in the water and sank about three miles south of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal near Port Penn, Del., according to the Coast Guard. Coast Guard Petty Officer Gregg Parker said the boaters swam to nearby Reedy Island. Then, in an action Parker described as "very heroic," one of the boaters swam about 50 yards - "in unfamiliar waters and at night" - to another pleasure boat anchored off the southern end of the island to radio for help.
NEWS
August 9, 2010
Eight people, including five children, were rescued from a recreational boat that got stranded on rocks Monday afternoon in the Delaware River, authorities said. The 27-foot Sea Ray boat hit a rock jetty near Chester Island just north of the Commodore Barry Bridge around 3:30 p.m., authorities said. The boat had launched from National Park in Gloucester County. Logan Township Fire Department rescue boats retrieved the individuals and took them to the Raccoon Creek Boat Club, said Tim Corcoran, the club's commodore.
SPORTS
August 9, 1987 | By Ashley Halsey 3d, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the days before the world ever grew so small that a single war could encompass the whole of it, huge rafts of raw timber used to float down the Ashley River to the Halsey Lumber Yard in Charleston, S.C. The timber was milled into lumber at the yard, and then loaded onto schooners and shipped off to New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston. In their wake they left something to delight the small boy who one day would become my father. They were small skiffs, roughly hewn by lumbermen in the upper reaches of the Piedmont and used to shuttle them to and from the shore as they guided the timber down river to Charleston.
NEWS
February 1, 1996 | By Lea Sitton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
George R. Collins, 68, of Millville, Cumberland County, who commanded six flotillas of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, died Sunday at South Jersey Hospital-Millville. Mr. Collins, who joined the auxiliary's Flotilla No. 34 when he moved to Millville eight years ago, had recently become division captain for flotillas in his region. "To me, it was a very noble thing," his wife, the former Dorothy E. Jones, said of his volunteer efforts on the water. Her husband received the gratitude of many stranded boaters.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Coast Guard Petty Officer Justin Lacy looks out on the two 25-foot emergency response boats docked at the agency's Great Egg Station on the North Point Lagoon here and makes a bold prediction: It could be a dangerous summer. The bright-orange vessels are kept at the station revved up and ready May through October, though the Coast Guard has had a relatively quiet spring. The waterways of the New Jersey Shore aren't yet teeming with boats and jet skis, Lacy said.
NEWS
March 11, 1990 | By Frank Devlin, Special to The Inquirer
On Feb. 24, Leslie Wright made her daily trip to the marina at Neshaminy State Park in Croydon to check on 14 white ducks that she and other denizens of the marina have adopted. When she got there, four adolescents were throwing rocks at the birds. Earlier in the week, park rangers had chased away teenagers who also were pelting the ducks. The two attacks injured two ducks, one with a broken leg and the other with a damaged eye. Another duck was missing and presumed dead. Wright said she couldn't understand what could make kids do such a thing to defenseless animals.
SPORTS
December 13, 1987 | By J. Lowe Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Boaters throughout the area look forward each year to Riverton Yacht Club's presentation of a John Biddle film. The 32d annual show, which Biddle narrates live, is slated for 8 p.m., Jan. 16 at Cinnaminson High School. Biddle, a Philadelphia native, is considered one of the world's foremost yachting cinematographers. He has a vast knowledge of sailing - he has competed in 10 Bermuda Yacht races, and he has filmed 10 America's Club events. He uses a humor-filled lecture style to produce a 90-minute show that is so popular among area boaters that tickets sell out rapidly.
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June 12, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another lost summer is in store for boaters in Mantua Creek, a lingering consequence of the November 2012 train derailment in Paulsboro. Marine traffic in the creek, which leads to the Delaware River, will continue to be stifled by bridge construction for nearly a year longer, according to a work update released by Conrail on Wednesday. The rail company - which is replacing the bridge at East Jefferson Street where the derailment and chemical spill occurred - announced it expected work on the new bridge's lift mechanism to be complete by April 1, 2016.
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January 22, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Merle Forbes Gibbs, 82, formerly of Malvern, the mother-in-law of Lou Scheinfeld, former vice president of development at Comcast-Spectacor, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, of pulmonary fibrosis at her home on Hutchinson Island, Fla. Scheinfeld is credited with naming the Spectrum and with introducing Kate Smith's "God Bless America" as a Flyers pregame anthem. He now works on special projects. Mrs. Gibbs was born in Winfield, Mo. She was married for 45 years to Raymond E. Forbes, and to her second husband, Alfred S. Gibbs, of Allentown, for five years.
NEWS
August 7, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONGPORT, N.J. - Andrew Biddle commandeered powerboats internationally, so his supposed plight in a crash of his pontoon boat in Longport last month was curious to some. "He's going to know those channels really well," Tom Murphy, 42, thought after Biddle's crash. But it took a little more than unsubstantiated suspicions for Murphy to seriously consider that the boat accident he witnessed may have been planned. "There were a lot of rumors going around since he disappeared, but I thought it was probably all nonsense," said Murphy, a Villanova, Pa., resident who was at his Shore home on Atlantic Avenue at the time of the July 20 incident and went into the water to assist immediately after.
NEWS
August 3, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IT SOUNDS LIKE a screenplay: Noted powerboat racer fakes his death in a watery wreck to avoid the cops closing in on his trail. But, according to Egg Harbor Township police, there's a chance that's exactly what happened to Andrew Biddle. Investigators are now considering the possibility that Biddle, 45, staged a boating accident to avoid prosecution on theft charges, Detective Captain Christopher Ruef said. Biddle has been missing since July 20, when a boat he was allegedly riding in crashed after striking a buoy in the waters off Longport's southern shore.
NEWS
November 11, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thanks to the digital age, one of the traditions of the high seas - those beautifully lithographed nautical charts of U.S. coastal waters - will end in April. The charts have existed since 1862. But going the way of gigantic paper fold-up road maps that motorists used before GPS, the 4-by-3-foot nautical charts printed by the U.S. government will no longer be available when stocks of them eventually run out, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Mariners will instead have to use electronic charting systems or print-on-demand versions of the maps, according to NOAA's Office of Coastal Survey.
NEWS
November 5, 2013
Muddled river view Several years ago, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation hosted forums on waterfront development, which included area boaters who assembled to discuss ways to entice more boaters, just as in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. But it becomes more obvious as time goes by that SugarHouse Casino, in particular, wants nothing to do with boats or boaters. ("SugarHouse's plans to expand," Oct. 25). Among forum suggestions were projects involving SugarHouse and condos on the river.
NEWS
October 12, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Xiang "Billy" He loved the Delaware River. He, 38, a married father with boys age 4 and 13, moved into a tight-knit Bucks County riverfront community two years ago, where he fed passions for fishing and boating, neighbors said. On Wednesday, He's empty kayak turned up in the Delaware River in New Jersey, police said. By Thursday morning, investigators concluded the worst and abandoned their search. "Mr. He is still missing and is now believed to have perished in the Delaware River," Bensalem police said in a statement.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Coast Guard Petty Officer Justin Lacy looks out on the two 25-foot emergency response boats docked at the agency's Great Egg Station on the North Point Lagoon here and makes a bold prediction: It could be a dangerous summer. The bright-orange vessels are kept at the station revved up and ready May through October, though the Coast Guard has had a relatively quiet spring. The waterways of the New Jersey Shore aren't yet teeming with boats and jet skis, Lacy said.
NEWS
April 27, 2013
The Coast Guard suspended its search at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday for a boater whose vessel went missing Tuesday morning in the waters off Ocean City, N.J. David McAuliffe, 34, of Egg Harbor Township, of the marine rescue firm Sea Tow was reported missing at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday after departing from the Absecon Inlet aboard the 45-foot Cape Hatteras. The Coast Guard began searching within seven minutes of receiving a distress signal from the boat's emergency radio beacon. A fuel slick and a trail of debris were found in an area off 39th Street, but there was no sign of the boat.
NEWS
February 26, 2013 | Associated Press
MONTEREY, Calif. - Crews searched by sea and air and sought the public's help Monday as they ramped up their efforts to find a husband and wife and two young children who sent a series of distress calls to the Coast Guard the day before, saying that their sailboat was sinking far off the Central California coast and that they were fashioning a raft from a cooler and a life-preserver ring. The unidentified family had been sailing a small vessel west of Monterey Bay, where strong winds, cold water, and big swells made for perilous conditions.
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