September 23, 2011
Zip Line

Zip Line     Photo: a4gpa/Flickr

Hawaii Zipline Collapse Kills Worker

Man falls testing new line on big island

A 36-year-old Hawaii man fell to his death in a zip-line accident on Wednesday, dropping 200 feet after a tower supporting the line he was working on collapsed. Another worker, a 35-year-old Ohio resident, was injured when he fell 30 feet off the tower. The line that collapsed was approximately 2,300 feet long, and the man who died was halfway across the line as the tower came down. The cause of the collapse is unknown, but Hawaii County Police reported that the operator of the zip line, which is located north of Hilo, had asked the the line's builders to tighten it and make it faster. Lava Hotline, the company that owns the zip line, denies that claim. "I don't where that came from,” said owner Gary Marrow. "It had nothing to do with us, so it was really just the construction guys.” The construction company, Experiential Resources Inc. of Maui, has erected more than 1,000 zip lines in 40 states and 12 countries and bills itself as "the global leader in the designing and building of adventure courses, canopy tours and zip line courses." Zip line speeds can reach 40 miles per hour, but, because they the lines do not use a motor or electricity, are not regulated as amusement rides. "It's not like a construction contractor. There's no licensing," Audrey Hidano, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Deputy Director, said. The course was shut down immediately after the incident and will remained closed for two weeks while investigations continue.

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Mark Bosworth

Mark Bosworth     Photo: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Company Offers Reward for Missing Rider

Volunteer disappeared during tour stop

Footwear manufacturer Deckers is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads rescuers to a cyclist who disappeared during a group bike ride outside Portland, Oregon last week. Mark Bosworth, 54, was volunteering with Cycle Oregon, a week-long fundraising ride in eastern Oregon, when he went missing from the tour's camp in the town of Riddle late Friday night. Bosworth had been behaving strangely, according to his wife Julie, and could be suffering from a re-occurrence of cancer in his brain. “Our fear is that it is a return of the cancer which is affecting his mind,” she said. Bosworth has survived two previous encounters with cancer and had complained of headaches in the week leading up to the event. The couple now lives in California, where Julie Bosworth is a Deckers employee, but had previously lived in New York. "Because we didn't find him, I think the most likely scenario is that he is traveling," she said. Deckers manufactures several well-known brands of shoes, including Teva and Ugg.

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Solyndra

Solyndra     Photo: John Martinez Pavliga/Flickr

Solar Company Called Before Congress

Executives mum on government loan

Executives from Solyndra, the solar equipment company that filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, declined to testify in a congressional hearing on Friday over a $528 million loan from the federal government. Cheif executive Brian Harrison and chief financial officer Bill Stover both invoked the fifth amendment—declining to testify for fear of self-incrimination—more than a dozen times during the hearing. Solyndra, called a poster child for green energy companies, received a loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2009, and continued to recieve government funds until a month before the filing for bankruptcy. Federal agents from the FBI and Department of Energy are investigating whether the DOE rushed the loan. The congressional committe that called Harrison and Stover is looking into improper links between White House officials and the company. Solyndra declared bankruptcy and laid off 1,100 employees earlier this month. In hindsight, the executives appear to have staked too much of Solyndra's business on the price of silicon.

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Lifeguard

Lifeguard     Photo: jdn/Flickr

Lifeguard class rescues drowning surfer

Man washes up in front of 17 guards

A class of 17 lifeguards rescued a drowning surfer in New Zealand early this week, interrupting their training exercises and jumping into action when they noticed James Tuhikarama floating near shore during a surf competition. The guards, 14 students and 3 instructors, were conducting drills at Christchurch's New Brighton Beach when they saw Tuhikarama, a 25-year veteran of the North Wai Boardriders, unconscious in the water. "We raced down to the water and performed everything we'd just been talking about," said head lifeguard Hira Edmonds. They team briefly revived Tuhikarama, getting "a whole lot of salt water out of his lungs," according to competition judge Russell Ritchie, before he was rushed to the hospital. Tuhikarama remained in critical condition as of midweek.

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Russian Navy Sub

Victor III-class submarine     Photo: Mikhail Kamarov/flickr

Drunk Fishermen Ram Nuclear Sub

Sub undamaged, no radiation leak found

On Wednesday, a fishing trawler manned by a drunken crew rammed a Russian nuclear submarine anchored in Avachin Bay off the country's northern Pacific coast. The submarine had surfaced and turned on its navigation lights when crew members noticed the fishing boat approaching. Attempts to alert the trawler's crew via radio and with flares were unsuccessful. A subsequent inspection by the Russian Navy found that the ship's captain was not at the bridge and that the entire crew was drunk. The Russian defense ministry would not comment, but an unnamed Navy spokesman said that the crash caused only superficial damage and that no radiation leak was detected. The Russian nuclear submarine fleet, the world's second largest behind the United States, includes 12 submarines capable of launching ballistic missiles.

Read more at the Associated Press

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