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Archive for October, 2012

NC man in NYC braces for Sandy

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Millions of people in New York are dealing with the impact of Tropical Storm Sandy. Monday night, we caught up with one man who lives near the Soho area of New York City. Uriah Ferruccio is from North Carolina, and knows about hurricanes.

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UNC student died after late-night fall

Monday, October 29th, 2012


CARRBORO, N.C. (AP) – Carrboro police investigating the death of a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say the young man fell while scaling machinery at a concrete plant.

Authorities said that 18-year-old David Palmer Shannon died late Saturday night at the Ready Mixed Concrete Plant in Carrboro. Police said the first-year student from Charlotte fell about 17 feet, landing on a concrete pad below.

Authorities said Shannon had been seen drinking alcoholic beverages Friday evening and police said alcohol impairment was a factor in his fall. There were no indications of foul play.

Authorities are still investigating. The results of an autopsy are pending.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Police arrest man for CFCC parking deck robbery

Monday, October 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One man was arrested after allegedly stealing a video camera from three men.

The incident happened yesterday afternoon when one adult male and two juvenile men were skateboarding and videotaping themselves at the Cape Fear Community College parking deck. A man drove up and started asking them questions about their camera.

He offered them money if they would do a trick, and while two of them were skateboarding for him, the robber grabbed the video camera from the third person. There was a struggle, and according to the victims, the man displayed a knife or razor and held it to the neck of the victim with the camera.

As the victim with the camera pulled away, he was cut on the side of the neck and hand causing minor injuries. Then the robber fled. Wilmington Police arrived in the area and apprehended the suspect near N. 4th and Campbell Streets.

The suspect Jairo Arnoldo Rebollo was identified by the victims as their attacker but their camera was never found.

Rebollo is in custody at the New Hanover County detention facility. He is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held on $200,000 bond.

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HMS Bounty captain missing at sea, one rescued crewmember has died

Monday, October 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The captain of the HMS Bounty is still missing after 16-crew members abandoned ship Sunday night. 14 survivors were rescued.

42-year-old Claudine Christian was the fifteenth crewmember rescued Monday after the HMS Bounty sunk off the coast of the Outer Banks. Christian was found unresponsive and later died according to the Bounty’s website.

The ship is a replica of the original Bounty and has been featured in movies, including “Mutiny on the Bounty” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” It visited Wilmington earlier this year.

The famous replica ship had left Connecticut last week for Florida. As Hurricane Sandy began its path up the East Coast, the Bounty was still out at sea and reportedly tried to go around the storm. But Sunday night, the Coast Guard received a call from the ship’s owner saying the Bounty was rapidly taking on water with no power.

The Bounty’s website says the 63-year-old captain, Robin Walbridge ordered all 15 other crewmembers to abandon ship, using life rafts and cold-water survival suits. Early Monday, about 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, the Coast Guard rescued 14. Coast guard swimmers dove into 30-foot waves and survivors were hoisted from the ocean in baskets.

During a phone interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Coast Guard Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Operational Commander for the Atlantic Area, said the Coast Guard got a call from the owner of the Bounty around 9:45 p.m. that the ship was taking on two feet of water per hour off the Outer Banks. He said the crew abandoned ship into canopied, rubber life rafts with about 10 feet of water on board. The Coast Guard said the crew was wearing cold-water survival suits.

Parker said two H-60 helicopters hoisted survivors from the rafts. One helicopter brought on nine crew members. The other brought on five survivors. The Coast Guard says two crew members are adrift at sea.

“We certainly hope for the best, but we’re preparing for the worst,” Vice Adm. Parker said.

“This is something we train for everyday,” says Lt. Jenny Fields with the US Coast Guard. “I mean obviously these conditions expand upon that training quite significantly.”

The survivors were ferried back to land in two Coast Guard helicopters, grateful to be alive.

“As more got into the chopper and they start being able to see their friends and realize that this very dark time was over- they were cheering, hugging, excited– so that pat makes you feel good at the end of the day,” Lt. Fields says.

Hours later, Christian was rescued, but as day turned into night it is their captain that still remains lost at sea.

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Technology speeds rescue at sea

Monday, October 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a big ocean so how do ships like the Bounty put out emergency calls and how can rescuers find them in the vast sea?

The rescue tool of choice is an EPIRB. It stands for emergency position indicating radio beacon, it pinpoints your location anywhere on the globe and calls for help.

“You basically just activate it, you flip the switch and it transmits up to a satellite in space and it sends a signal back to the rescue center in the US or all over the world.” Chris Beckwith, General Manager of West Marine explains. “They alert the Coast Guard or the authorities and they come out to the position it sends.” Beckwith said.

Along with a hand held radio, life vest, raft and flares, sailors have a great chance of surviving at sea.
In many cases having an EPIRB makes the difference in a rescue.

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