May 19, 2010
A Burlington County man died while snorkeling and spearfishing in Rhode Island. Police in Middletown said Jose Fernandez, 57, of Medford Lakes, was off Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge on Saturday. The man he was with, Jay Stokes, told them he found Fernandez faceup on the ocean floor about 40 yards from the shore. Stokes told police Fernandez had come into the water after him because he had a problem with his wet suit. People fishing on shore told police they saw Fernandez go into the water once and never resurface.
March 8, 1992 |
Inquirer columnist Darrell Sifford, a pioneer in the chronicling of human relations and emotions, drowned Friday while snorkeling in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a divers' paradise in the Caribbean. An autopsy performed in Belize yesterday afternoon found that he had drowned. It said Mr. Sifford's chronic heart and lung disease had contributed to his death. In his column, Mr. Sifford explored fresh ground in a risky form of journalism. Fearlessly, he mined his personal history.
May 25, 1997 |
There are lots of teens who would love to dunk their mothers' heads under water. So when Pat Nace asked Francesca Nanovic to do just that, the 15-year-old happily obliged. The act was not done with malice, however. Francesca and her mother, Cathy Nanovic, were taking a refresher course in scuba diving through the all-female Venus Divers group at North Penn High School in Towamencin Township. By keeping her head below the water, Cathy Nanovic could practice clearing her face mask.
January 4, 1998 |
The moment I enter the sea, gravity ceases. Scuba gear in place, I am suddenly free - free to sink, to swim in any direction I please, to turn somersaults or float like a great leaf flirting with the sky. In a very real sense, diving is flight - a wingless, weightless, effortless sojourn through a world of wondrous life, mystery and magic. Beneath me, tawny-colored hard corals, like so many uplifted arms, stretch toward the sun. A dense school of small purple fish greet me, surround me and then make way as I slowly descend through their midst.
April 7, 1991 |
It was 1985, and my best friend, who had just returned from her honeymoon, was lamenting, "You can't believe where we wound up staying in the Caribbean. It was the worst place I've ever been. Kids everywhere, single beds, group activities, clowns, loud music. . . . " I had never heard of such a place, but with a husband, a 2-year-old son and an 8-year-old daughter, we were well past the honeymoon stage. In fact, this resort - the Club Med in Eleuthera - sounded so great to us that the very next month, we were packing for a visit.
November 23, 1996 |
President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton explored nature in grand Australian fashion yesterday, snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, petting kangaroos and wallabees, and cuddling a baby koala bear named Chelsea. In steamy heat on the edge of the mountain-ringed Port Douglas Inlet, President Clinton took time out from appreciating nature to talk about it. He praised an international effort to prevent the destruction of the nearby Great Barrier Reef, a spectacular chain of coral so immense - 1,240 miles long - that it can be seen from outer space.
September 5, 1986 |
Most tourist spots in French Polynesia welcome all visitors with open arms. And then there is the beautiful and legendary Hotel Bora-Bora. The hotel is closed to passengers from the S.S. Liberte, the cruise ship that visits the islands of French Polynesia on a regular basis, and to all other visitors who are not guests. The hotel policy is so firm that a guard stops all visitors. The only time someone who was not a guest or invited to visit the hotel was admitted through the gate, according to one former employee, is when actress Dorothy Lamour showed up without a reservation.
February 8, 2009 |
We wanted a quiet place with warm water, easy snorkeling from shore, and no crowds or traffic. We wanted to get to know the local people. We wanted to see a place that was different. North Caicos Island in the British West Indies was the right place for all that - and for celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. We flew to Providenciales, the only island in the Turks and Caicos Islands with an airport large enough to handle a commercial airplane. A short taxi ride from the airport took us to the IGA Supermarket, where we stocked up on food, since the shopping on North Caicos can be hit-or-miss.
May 4, 2003 |
I hate the beach. When it comes to sand and surf, frankly, my dear, I'd rather be on the golf course. But I dare even the most dedicated beach-bah-humbug to resist falling under the spell of Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales - better known, to those in the know, as Provo, in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This magical 12-mile stretch of beach is the superstar here. Warm water the color of blue-green glass, fabulous snorkeling yards from the beach, and a scattered handful of low-rise accommodations - this is paradise found, unspoiled and serene.
March 25, 2010 |
What's in an underwater photograph taken by a snorkeling Lancaster County women in Aruba may never be known. Yesterday, authorities ended days of searching by divers for the possible remains of Natalee Holloway, an Alabama high school student missing since a graduation trip five years ago, a spokeswoman for the Aruban prosecutor told CNN. The news was confirmed by Adolpho Richardson, the chief investigator in the case, according to the...