By the time they made it to land, the injured young man was in severe shock and had no radial pulse. Bystanders on the beach strapped him to a makeshift stretcher and then whisked him away. It was too late. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. A pall descended over Massachusetts. The next day the beaches were deserted, and up and down the coast people shook their heads and predicted that nothing would ever be the same. They were right — to a point. That incident took place 83 years ago, in Buzzards Bay. Claiming the life of a 16-year-old Dorchester kid by the name of Joseph Troy, the attack became a touchstone for coastal New England. In the decades since, in those rare instances when someone spotted a shark — or, rarer still, when someone was attacked by one — public officials dipped into history to use the death as psychological comfort for panicked beachgoers. Their reassuring refrain went like this: Don’t be alarmed. We haven’t had a fatal … [Read more...] about Sharks on the Cape: Just how scared should we be?
Man gets attacked by shark
When Keane Webre-Hayes stepped up to throw the first pitch at Tuesday’s Padres game — about nine months after he nearly lost his arm in a shark attack — he had one goal: make it over the plate.But for his mother, who can’t forget her 14-year-old son’s harrowing shrieks the day of the attack, it was so much more than a game-worthy pitch.“It symbolized overcoming. It symbolized survival,” Ellie Hayes said. “It symbolized all the work that we have been doing day in and day out. Most people don’t see that part, but for me… I was so very proud.”When his mother thinks how far her son has come, his recovery seems miraculous. On Sept. 28, Keane and a friend were among a couple dozen divers off the coast of Beacon’s Beach in Encinitas for the first day of lobster diving season. The two were about 200 yards from the beach when they got to a spot they were sure would have lobsters. Keane went under the water and spotted one … [Read more...] about Teen shark attack victim throws out first pitch at Padres game
MAUI, Hawaii (AP) — The California man killed by a shark in Hawaii over the weekend was a frequent visitor to the islands and an avid scuba diver who had recently retired, a friend said. A shark attacked 65-year-old Thomas Smiley while he was swimming Saturday in the Ka’anapali Beach Park area on Maui, police said. A witness said that when rescuers pulled him to shore and began CPR, he was missing a leg from the knee down. Smiley died at the scene. Longtime friend Gary Taxera told Hawaii News Now on Sunday that Smiley was an optometrist from Granite Bay, California, near Sacramento. Smiley regularly vacationed on Maui and enjoyed swimming, water skiing and racing cars, he said. ‘‘He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time doing something in a place he loved,’’ Taxera said. Smiley leaves behind a wife, three children and six grandchildren. Taxera described him as having a personality that was bigger than life. ‘‘He was a good-hearted … [Read more...] about Man killed by shark in Hawaii
By Ross McKeon Updated 7:55 pm PDT, Sunday, March 31, 2019 After an emotional win over Vegas on Saturday, the Sharks had little left 24 hours later against Calgary. And thanks to a one-sided 5-3 victory by the visitors, San Jose watched the Flames celebrate a Pacific Division title and the top seed in Western Conference at SAP Center on Sunday. With three games left and a six-point lead on the third-place Golden Knights in the division, the Sharks — held to a season-low 15 shots by the Flames — can set their sites on a first-round rematch against a Vegas team that ousted them in a six-game second-round matchup last spring. And, with losses in eight of the last nine, clearly San Jose has work to do to get its game in order in addition to getting injured Joe Pavelski and Erik Karlsson back before the Stanley Cup playoffs start April 10 or 11. All began well for the Sharks on Sunday as they scored the initial goal for the first time in six games. And that … [Read more...] about Sharks lose for eighth time in nine games as Flames clinch division
By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.