June 14, 1988 |
When the temperature climbs to 93 degrees, as it did yesterday, the body wants to shut down, head for water, or both. Demonstrating the pleasure of inertial drift are Carl Deppenschmidt of Philadelphia, above, and 5-year-old Kiel O'Donnell, seen floating at Lake Worth Park in Lindenwold.
May 3, 2005 |
A 13-year-old boy died yesterday afternoon after he and two cousins went into Chester Creek aboard a small plastic inflatable pool and their craft overturned, plunging the boys into the chilly, muddy, debris-filled waters. Chester City Fire Commissioner James Johnson said the tragedy began about 4:45 p.m., when the victim and his cousins, ages 14 and 15, entered the creek near Ninth and Penn Streets. "They were using the swimming pool as a small raft and the weight, of course, gave way and capsized," Johnson said.
May 31, 1991 |
The morning after he thought he would die, Alexi Herrera made it to America. Paddling 120 miles from Cuba, Herrera arrived yesterday in Florida waters, crowded with his brother, cousin and friend onto a haphazard raft made of no more than two tractor-tire inner tubes and two patches of canvas. The four men pushed off from their poverty-stricken homeland at 2 a.m. Sunday. After four days of rowing without even a compass, as sharks circled and the sun baked and their food sank and their hope vanished, the weary men became the most recent arrivals in a new wave of Cuban boat refugees.
April 21, 1995 |
"The Cure" is a loose, contemporary variation of "Huckleberry Finn," but its subject isn't racism - it's AIDS. In this contemporary story, a boy and his AIDS-afflicted friend decide to raft down the Mississippi River to Louisiana, where they believe they can find a miraculous antidote to the incurable disease. It's false hope born of youthful ignorance. Erik (Brad Renfro of "The Client") reads in a supermarket tabloid that a bayou scientist has developed a cure for AIDS. Erik is neither old enough nor savvy enough to distrust lurid tabloids, so he convinces his sick friend Dexter (Joseph Mazzello)
April 2, 1989 |
What a collection of humanity we were. Twenty or so homicide detectives with their wives and families, ready to take on the notorious Kern River. Originally, the idea was one of those momentary thoughts that resulted in a phone call and from there worked up to a trip. Now, here we were, settled in our quaint little guest room at Kernville Lodge. Tonight we would party, and tomorrow we'd conquer the mighty Kern. Piece of cake. Anyone with knowledge of the Kern and listening to our banter that night might have smiled smugly at our lofty disdain for the river.
October 29, 1989 |
The upper Yangtze River careens down from its high mountain sources, often whipping itself up into a potentially lethal lather in such places as Tiger's Leap Gorge. Small wonder this first leg of China's principal river has taken the lives of so many who have tried to raft it. Small wonder they call it the Dragon. And small wonder it should attract Richard Bangs and Christian Kallen, whitewater rafters who earlier co-authored Rivergods: Exploring the World's Great Wild Rivers. The two were not the first adventurers to raft the Dragon.
October 2, 1996 |
Working as a team, eight very young sailors pushed their homemade raft - made of recycled oil drums, donated wood, and a piece of outdoor carpeting - into the Schuylkill yesterday for a short cruise on a beautiful fall day. While it looked as though they were having fun, the explorers, ages 4 through 10, were not playing hooky. The raft was their classroom as it floated out on its tether from a boat ramp at Valley Forge National Historical Park. They are home schoolers, and building a raft that worked was one of their educational projects, said Lorrie Strohsacker, assistant director of Live & Learn, a Rosemont-based learning support center for home schoolers.
August 17, 1994 |
Jose Raul DelaRosa plotted his escape from Cuba for almost two years. He learned all he could about raft-building, grilling the families of people who had sailed out before him. He scoured the black market for plastic foam, inner tubes and rope. He met secretly with eight friends at a remote house where they stashed their vessel-under-construction. They spent 22,000 pesos for materials - more than DelaRosa makes in a year. Then, last Thursday after nightfall, the nine men crept softly along the shore line, jumped into the water, crowded aboard their homemade raft and headed toward the Straits of Florida.
February 7, 1988 |
At 13, Angela Stoner Carder learned to fight. A spunky kid, she became very good very fast, in some ways almost a match for the bully in her life. Relentless. That was cancer. That was Angie. A lot of the rounds she lost. Beginning in her first year of junior high, the cancer hobbled her. Later it took her leg, and her hip, and half of her pelvis. It took her from school and friends, took her plans for a nursing career, took even that corner-of-the-mind fancy of some day going to Nashville to sing country.
August 15, 1992 |
Their new luxury yacht went down so fast that they said they had to jump ship with little more than their underwear, lifejackets and a round rubber raft. It was half past midnight yesterday when the six men abandoned the 121- foot, $10 million Lady Anna - one of the world's largest sport fishing vessels - 94 miles off Cape May in tempestuous seas. The aluminum-hulled ship, reportedly bulletproof and fitted with 24-karat gold-plated hinges, sank in five minutes, the Coast Guard said.