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Adventure : May 2012

Underwater Explorer Albert Falco Dies

"I killed a lot of fish in my youth. But later I went with Cousteau, and with a team of scientists, and through them I understood what was happening to the world. It was then that I completely changed my tune. I threw away my harpoon to take up a camera." --Albert Falco, from the trailer to the film L'Oceanaute

Underwater explorer Albert Falco, who dove with Jacques Cousteau and captained The Calypso, died at his home in Marseille, France, at the age of 84 on April 21.

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Of Souls + Water: 'The Nomad'

Here's a beautiful short by the folks at Forge Motion Pictures about Erik Boomer, who recently skied and kayaked 1,500 miles around Ellesmere Island.

The Nomad is the first short in a series called Of Souls + Water. Here's what director Skip Armstrong had to say about the next episode on Denver's Westword Blog.

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Norwegian Swimmer Dies in Flagstaff

Norway's Alexander Dale Oen, the 2011 world champion in the 100-meter breaststroke, died on Monday in Flagstaff, Arizona, after suffering what doctors believe was a heart attack. Dale Oen, 26, was discovered by teammates after he collapsed in the shower Monday evening. He was participating in a high-altitude training camp for the London Olympics with the Norwegian swim team. Dale Oen captured Norway's first Olympic swimming medal, a silver, at the 2008 Games in the 100m breaststroke. He won the same event at the 2011 world championships in Shanghai.

Read more at Reuters

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BC Hang Glider Pilot Charged in Death

A pilot involved in a fatal hang-gliding accident in British Columbia's Fraser Valley on Saturday has been charge with obstructing justice after his client fell 1,000 feet. William Orders, a certified glider pilot, was arrested shortly after 27-year-old Lenami Godinez dropped 1,000 feet to her death 30 seconds into a hired flight. Witnesses said it appeard that Godinez, who was seen clutching at the pilot's feet before she fell, was never properly secured. Officials have confiscated the glider and have charged Orders with obstruction of justice for witholding what they would only say is "key evidence." A police representative said more charges could be brought as the investigation continues.

Read more at CBC News

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Video: Cory Richards Evacuated From Everest

The North Face released a video of Cory Richards' evacuation from Everest to Lukla, Nepal. The climber was suffering from shortness of breath and doctors feared a pulmonary embolism. He eventually ended up feeling better after receiving tests in a hospital in Kathmandu.

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