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July 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A body that washed up at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County could be that of a 25-year-old swimmer who went missing Friday. The Ocean County Sheriff's Office notified the Coast Guard just after 8 a.m. Saturday that a body had been found on the beach in that park, on the north side of Barnegat Inlet. Though the body had not been identified Saturday night, "it was a male and he had on red shorts," Coast Guard Duty Officer Thomas Peck said. That fits the description of Nicholas Guilhote, 25, of France.
NEWS
September 9, 2013 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anthony McCarley felt the need to cross the English Channel before he even learned to swim. He doesn't know why or how the dream was born, but suddenly he was 49, living in Berwyn, and decided his chance was slipping away. So in 2009, he began hitting the pool at the Upper Main Line YMCA. He worked himself up to 10,000 meters - six miles, three to four hours per swim. He wouldn't drink or eat because he wanted to prepare himself for the body in revolt. He was somewhat mad, admittedly.
NEWS
July 25, 2013
Bucks County rescue crews searched for at least one swimmer who disappeared Tuesday night in the Neshaminy Creek, authorities said. About 10:20 p.m., two people were reported in need of help in the creek near SEPTA's Neshaminy Falls station, authorities said. One person reportedly was pulled from the water. Crews continued to search the creek after 11 p.m. - Robert Moran
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
AFTER TAKING a dip in Devil's Pool at Wissahickon Creek one afternoon last week, Trevor Broom chatted about what a nice respite from a hot summer day the pond can be. "Are you gonna jump in with us now?" Broom, 27, asked a Daily News reporter with a grin. "The water's nice. " Well, not exactly. Experts say the water in the Wissahickon, Pennypack and many other city creeks is wastewater - essentially, water that carried sewage before being treated at wastewater plants and sent back into the creeks.
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IT'S BEEN ALMOST 17 years since the raging waters of Pennypack Creek swept away Nicky Simonetti, 15, as he fought the current trying to save his best friend's life. But his mom, Beth Simonetti-Gallelli, still shudders at the memory of the day in 1996 when she lost her oldest child - along with his childhood friend, Chris Busse, who was like another son to her. "It was one thunderstorm the night before. One violent storm. It woke me. And the next day, it was a picture-perfect, gorgeous summer day for July," she told the Daily News . "It was like 86 degrees.
SPORTS
March 14, 2013 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
Actors don't usually perform on Broadway and then join the cast of the school play. Likewise, athletes don't often vie for an Olympic berth and then go out for the high school team. But Allie Szekely is a 15-year-old from Doylestown who acts as a 15-year-old and enjoys doing things that 15-year-olds do. That's why she has taken the standard sequence and turned it on its orderly head. Less than nine months after swimming in the U.S. Olympic trials - and becoming a media darling for a day - the Gwynedd Mercy Academy freshman will compete in her first PIAA state championships starting Wednesday.
NEWS
January 24, 2013 | By Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press
HONOLULU - A Coast Guardsman who disappeared more than three months ago and showed up at his home over the weekend was in military custody at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday after being released from the hospital. Tripler Army Medical Center medically cleared and released Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews on Tuesday night, Coast Guard spokesman Chief Warrant Officer Gene Maestas said. When Matthews, 36, vanished in October, he was in the process of being discharged from the Coast Guard for illegal use of marijuana, Maestas said.
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Frank Kummer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER PHILLY.COM
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - Lester Kaplan was a swimmer and a gambler. At times he would swim so far out into the ocean from the beach in front of Resorts Casino-Hotel that his wife thought he wouldn't make it back. "He always made it back," Atara Kaplan said Monday. But a hurricane proved too much for the 73-year-old former lawyer with the long gray ponytail. Despite a bad heart and a house on flood-prone Lafayette Boulevard in the north end of Brigantine, Kaplan refused all pleas that he leave before Hurricane Sandy landed.
NEWS
October 16, 2012 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Look for a splash Monday night when the Atlantic City Aquatic Club makes its last-leg pitch to keep swimming at the high school pool. City kids of modest means are ready to talk about how they learned to swim at the club, how the high level of instruction and intense competition prepared them to ply the roughs of the real world. They could help club president Joe Haney make the argument that the school district would be killing a good thing if it charges the club $85,000 a year for using the pool when it's been paying closer to $6,500.
NEWS
September 28, 2012 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
The Atlantic City Aquatic Club is a great bargain, especially if you happen to live in Atlantic City. For $200 a year, you get instruction from coaches who have sent swimmers to the Junior Olympics, to college teams and to national meets, where one 10-year-old boy recently broke a backstroke record set by the young Michael Phelps. The club is also a lifesaver, says Enoe Azcona, and not just because the single mom has raised two children on an island. As her son, Jorge, learned to swim, he shed 60 pounds and gained strength from a team of achievers that kept him from the call of the streets.
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