http://jnic.org/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 11:28:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 Do you have COVID abroad? This service will send a speedboat to the rescue http://jnic.org/2021/08/19/do-you-have-covid-abroad-this-service-will-send-a-speedboat-to-the-rescue/ Thu, 19 Aug 2021 10:15:47 +0000 http://jnic.org/2021/08/19/do-you-have-covid-abroad-this-service-will-send-a-speedboat-to-the-rescue/

There is a lot of pent-up demand for overseas travel, but one thing that holds Americans back is the fear of being stranded in a foreign country if they contract COVID-19 while traveling.

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Why is this important: The United States is requiring all arriving air passengers – vaccinated or not, including Americans returning home – to test negative for COVID-19 no more than three days before their trip.

  • Self-isolating for an additional 10 days in a hotel room, even in paradise, can be expensive – not to mention the risks, if you get really sick and need medical attention in a foreign country.

What is happening: A company called Covac Global will send a medical jet, a helicopter or even a speedboat – “whatever it takes,” they say – to rescue COVID patients in other countries and bring them home for treatment .

  • Some holiday destinations are even teaming up with Covac to prevent infections from spreading in their country.

  • The Bahamian government is a client, performing weekly evacuations to transport positive visitors off the island, according to the company.

  • And some hotels, like the Eden Roc in St. Barts, include the evacuation service in their vacation packages.

The context: Most travel insurance policies like the Allianz Travel Protection Plan typically do not cover COVID-19 related claims because a pandemic is “predictable.” They also do not cover the fear of traveling.

  • During the ongoing health crisis, however, Allianz says it will temporarily cover emergency medical care as well as trip cancellation for a traveler who becomes ill with COVID-19.

  • Covac Global is working to bring them home, whether or not they are sick.

The plot: It is not travel insurance, it is a membership based service.

  • Membership for a 15-day trip is $ 675 per person; a 30-day trip costs $ 995. Annual membership is $ 2,400, for unlimited travel up to 90 days each.

How it works: Unlike most insurers, Covac does not require customers to be hospitalized before authorizing medical evacuation.

  • All the business needs is a positive COVID test result and a self-reported symptom, such as a sore throat, cough, or runny nose.

  • Covac medical staff will pick up the patient from wherever they are and bring them back to the United States

  • They don’t have to abide by the CDC’s rules on isolation if the medical team delivers them directly to their homes.

  • “All they have to do is wait at the hotel, and we pay the whole thing, up to a million dollars, to get them home,” CEO Ross Thompson told Axios.

The bottom line: Since launching the service at the start of the pandemic, Thompson says Covac has sold “tens of thousands of subscriptions” and performs “about a dozen” evacuations per month.

The trap : Non-members are also eligible for evacuation service, but it could cost up to $ 250,000 door-to-door, depending on their location.

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A migrant dies in the sinking of a boat in the English Channel http://jnic.org/2021/08/12/a-migrant-dies-in-the-sinking-of-a-boat-in-the-english-channel-2/ Thu, 12 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 http://jnic.org/2021/08/12/a-migrant-dies-in-the-sinking-of-a-boat-in-the-english-channel-2/ A migrant airlifted to hospital from the English Channel after a boat carrying around 40 people began to sink has died.

The Home Office has confirmed the death of the man, who was taken to Calais by helicopter earlier on Thursday.

The boat reportedly started to take on water as it headed for the UK on Thursday morning.

The rescue operation, involving French and Belgian air and maritime units, continued throughout the day, French authorities said.

Others reportedly made it to British shores on Thursday, with reports of a landing on a beach in Kent.

The search began around 10 a.m. after a freighter reported that a boat carrying around 40 people was in difficulty, with a few people overboard, off Dunkirk.

An unconscious person taken aboard the freighter’s lifeboat and transferred to a French Navy ship was then airlifted to Calais hospital.

He would have suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest and would have been evacuated aboard a helicopter of the Belgian Air Force, according to the French authorities.

French media later reported that the individual was deceased, which has since been confirmed by the Home Office’s underground channel threat commander Dan O’Mahoney.

He said: “Today someone sadly died in France following an incident in French waters while attempting to cross the Channel.

“This loss of life is a tragedy and we are supporting our French counterparts who are leading the response.

“It highlights the terrible dangers of small boat crossings and why we must work with the French to prevent callous criminals from exploiting vulnerable people.”

Better weather conditions on Thursday led to a series of Channel crossing attempts (PA)

Several others were also hoisted aboard the helicopter as the migrant boat sank, while others were rescued by nearby fishing boats.

They were all transferred to the Flamant patrol vessel of the French Navy, which headed for the port of Dunkirk.

Search and rescue operations remained ongoing in the Strait of Pas de Calais for much of Thursday, with a French Navy helicopter continuing to scour the area.

Nick Thomas-Symonds, Home Secretary for the Labor Party, said: “This is a tragic loss of life and our hearts are with family and friends.

“Conservative ministers must urgently address this situation, strike a meaningful deal with France that stops organized crime gangs from taking advantage of vulnerable people and tackle the factors that drive people to take these incredibly dangerous roads . “

Lisa Doyle, Director of Advocacy and Engagement at the Refugee Council, said: “This tragic loss of life is a sobering reminder that the odds are against ordinary men, women and children, who struggle desperately for safety and protection.

“Every day, people are forced to flee their homes without their being responsible. We can do more to make travel safer.

She urged the government to “change course” and create and commit to creating safe pathways to asylum.

Steve Valdez-Symonds, Director of Refugee and Migrant Rights at Amnesty International UK, said: “We are deeply saddened by this loss of life and our hearts go out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one.

“The Interior Ministry must take this as an urgent wake-up call.

“Priti Patel needs to fundamentally change government policy and ensure that this does not happen again. “

After days of bad weather in the Strait of Pas de Calais, lighter conditions on Thursday saw a flurry of crossing attempts.

The latest offers to reach the UK come after French authorities intercepted at least 108 people attempting to cross the Channel on Wednesday, with one to be airlifted to Dunkirk hospital.

The dangerous sea voyage from France – taken by more than 10,000 people, including children so far in 2021 – has claimed many lives in the past.

Among them were Rasoul Iran-Nejad and his wife Shiva Mohammad Panahi, who died with their three children when their boat capsized on October 27, 2020.

Their 15-month-old son Artin was reported missing in the wake of the tragedy and it was not until June of this year that police confirmed that a body found on the Norwegian coast was that of the young boy.

Data compiled by the PA news agency shows that the number of successful crossings this year now stands at more than 10,700 people, despite the dangers associated with the trip.

Crossings in 2021 eclipsed last year’s annual total of 8,417 in July, according to AP data.


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A migrant dies in the sinking of a boat in the English Channel http://jnic.org/2021/08/12/a-migrant-dies-in-the-sinking-of-a-boat-in-the-english-channel/ Thu, 12 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 http://jnic.org/2021/08/12/a-migrant-dies-in-the-sinking-of-a-boat-in-the-english-channel/

A migrant airlifted to hospital from the English Channel after the death of a boat carrying around 40 people that began to sink.

French media initially reported the death of the man, who was taken to Calais by helicopter earlier on Thursday, and the Home Office has since confirmed the information.

The boat reportedly started to take on water as it headed for the UK on Thursday morning.

The rescue operation, involving French and Belgian air and naval units, is underway, according to French authorities.

Others reportedly made it to British shores on Thursday, with reports of a landing on a beach in Kent.

The search began around 10 a.m. after a freighter reported that a boat carrying around 40 people was in difficulty, with a few people overboard, off Dunkirk.

View of one of two areas currently used in a warehouse in Dover, Kent, for boats used by people considered to be migrants. Credit: Pennsylvania

An unconscious person taken aboard the freighter’s lifeboat and transferred to a French Navy ship was then airlifted to Calais hospital.

He would have suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest and would have been evacuated aboard a helicopter of the Belgian Air Force, according to the French authorities.

Home Office illegal channel threat commander Dan O’Mahoney said: “This loss of life is a tragedy and we support our French counterparts leading the response.

“It highlights the terrible dangers of small boat crossings and why we must work with the French to prevent callous criminals from exploiting vulnerable people.”

Several others were also hoisted aboard the helicopter as the migrant boat sank, while others were rescued by nearby fishing boats.

They were all transferred to the Flamant patrol vessel of the French Navy, which headed for the port of Dunkirk.


Last month, a group in a small dinghy told ITV correspondent Dan Rivers where they came from and how many were making the trip.


Search and rescue operations are still underway in the Strait of Pas de Calais, with a French navy helicopter continuing to crisscross the area.

Lisa Doyle, Director of Advocacy and Engagement at the Refugee Council, said: “This tragic loss of life is a sobering reminder that the odds are against ordinary men, women and children, who struggle desperately for safety and protection.

“Every day, people are forced to flee their homes without their being responsible. We can do more to make travel safer.



She urged the government to “change course” and create and commit to safe pathways to asylum.

After days of bad weather in the Strait of Pas de Calais, lighter conditions on Thursday saw a flurry of crossing attempts.

The latest offers to reach the UK come after French authorities intercepted at least 108 people attempting to cross the Channel on Wednesday, with one to be airlifted to Dunkirk hospital.

Better weather conditions on Thursday led to a series of Channel crossing attempts Credit: Pennsylvania

The dangerous sea voyage from France – done by more than 10,000 people, including children so far in 2021 – has claimed many lives in the past.

Among them were Rasoul Iran-Nejad and his wife Shiva Mohammad Panahi, who died with their three children when their boat capsized on October 27, 2020.

Their 15-month-old son Artin was reported missing in the wake of the tragedy and it was not until June of this year that police confirmed that a body found on the Norwegian coast was that of the young boy.

Data shows that the number of successful crossings this year now stands at more than 10,700 people, despite the dangers associated with the journey.

Crossings in 2021 eclipsed last year’s annual total of 8,417 in July.


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Charges of manslaughter in sinking duck http://jnic.org/2021/07/19/charges-of-manslaughter-in-sinking-duck/ Mon, 19 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 http://jnic.org/2021/07/19/charges-of-manslaughter-in-sinking-duck/

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Stretch Duck 7 removed from Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri on July 23, 2018

Missouri has laid manslaughter charges against three men in connection with the 2018 duck sinking in Branson, Missouri, in which 17 people were killed.

The three men had previously faced federal criminal charges, but those indictments were filed under admiralty law and were dismissed after U.S. trial judge David Rush found Table Rock Lake is not considered a waterway under admiralty law. He also recommended that the case be pursued at the state level rather than in federal court.

Stone County District Attorney Matt Selby and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced charges against Kenneth Scott McKee, Charles Baltzell and Curtis Lanham in connection with the sinking on Friday.

According to the statement of probable causes, on the afternoon of July 19, 2018, the sinking ship, Stretch duck # 7, entered Table Rock Lake during a severe thunderstorm warning, encountered severe weather and high winds, took on water and eventually sank, killing 17 people.

The statement alleges that Scott McKee, the captain of the Extendable boat # 7, failed to perform his duties as licensed master upon entering the lake during a severe thunderstorm warning, and failed to follow policies and training by not requiring passengers to affix flotation devices while the boat was taking on water. The statement also alleges that Charles Baltzell, as Ride the Ducks Branson’s operations supervisor and Curtis Lanham, as general manager, failed to report weather conditions and ceased operations amid a severe thunderstorm warning. .

  • McKee was charged with 17 counts of first degree manslaughter, a class C felony, 5 first degree counts endangering the well-being of a child, a class A felony and 7 counts of first degree charge endangering the well-being of a child, a class D felony.
  • Baltzell was charged with 17 counts of first degree manslaughter, a Class C felony.
  • Lanham was charged with 17 counts of first degree manslaughter, a Class C felony.

A total of 63 charges were laid against the three accused.

The felony complaint can be found here:

The probable cause statement can be found here:

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Back Water Boat Rentals opens at the marina http://jnic.org/2021/07/07/back-water-boat-rentals-opens-at-the-marina/ Wed, 07 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 http://jnic.org/2021/07/07/back-water-boat-rentals-opens-at-the-marina/

Clint Sumlin had the idea of ​​a boat rental business in Demopolis for several years. He shared this idea with his good friends, Jeb and Niki Bailey, who thought it would be a good side deal.

Sumlin is a Drug Task Force commander and Jeb Bailey, the battalion fire chief in Demopolis. Niki Bailey also works full time, but together the trio decided to open Back Water Boat Rentals to make it possible for people who don’t own boats to enjoy the rivers around Demopolis.

Back Water Boat Rentals held an inaugural Wednesday at Kingfisher Bay Marina despite the rain. The company offers 22-foot pontoon boats that can accommodate up to 11 people. Sumlin said all safety equipment is provided, including adult life jackets. Parents should provide theirs to young children.

He said no license is required in Alabama to rent a boat. After a brief instruction on safety and operations, the signed rental agreement serves as a license.

The rental fee per day is $ 350 and, like car rental, users must fill the gas tank or pay for the fuel after use.

Back Water Boat Rentals is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., although, Sumlin said, owners can be flexible if renters need to come earlier or stay on the water later.


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15-year-old schoolgirl died in “high-speed” boating accident after skipper struck a 15-foot buoy during “one-handed stunts” http://jnic.org/2021/05/20/15-year-old-schoolgirl-died-in-high-speed-boating-accident-after-skipper-struck-a-15-foot-buoy-during-one-handed-stunts/ Thu, 20 May 2021 07:00:00 +0000 http://jnic.org/2021/05/20/15-year-old-schoolgirl-died-in-high-speed-boating-accident-after-skipper-struck-a-15-foot-buoy-during-one-handed-stunts/

A teenage girl died in a “high-speed” boating accident after a captain struck a five-ton buoy while doing “one-handed stunts,” a focus of investigation today.

Emily Lewis, 15, died of catastrophic chest injuries after the rigid inflatable boat she was in hit the 15-foot-high buoy the skipper had not seen.

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Emily Lewis, 15, died of catastrophic chest injuriesCredit: Solent
Emily was killed in horrific speedboat accident
Emily was killed in horrific speedboat accident
The rigid inflatable boat she was in struck a 15-foot-high buoy

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The rigid inflatable boat she was in struck a 15-foot-high buoyCredit: Solent
This is the moment the boat hit the buoy

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This is the moment the boat hit the buoyCredit: Solent

A report from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch released today said “few safety practices” were followed by the boat’s operators as it made a quick figure of eight turns and narrowly missed a series of buoys.

Images showing the horrific moment the boat sank into the huge buoy after leaving Southampton, Hants on August 22 last year was first released today by the MAIB.

The report states that the ship’s 11 passengers “got used to passing near large navigation buoys at high speed” and therefore “did not care” that the RIB was heading directly for the buoy on which it was seated. ‘is overwritten.

All but one of the passengers sustained injuries including broken limbs, fractured vertebrae, dislocations and a punctured lung.

Two were thrown overboard from the Seadogz boat.

Emily, sitting in a middle bench, suffered a fatal and catastrophic chest injury as a result of the tragedy.

The MAIB interim report said today that the skipper of the Seadogz performed a series of one-handed “high-speed maneuvers” including the eight-turn up-and-down figure of Southampton Water before the 38 crash, 4 knots.

He said: “Seadogz collided with the North-West Netley buoy because the skipper of the RIB was concentrating on conducting high speed maneuvers in the vicinity of another vessel and did not see the navigation mark fixed in time to take avoidance action. “

He added: “At 10:08 am Seadogz passed the Red Falcon car ferry, which was heading south-east on Southampton Water.

“It gave the skipper the opportunity to take Seadogz through and jump over the wake of the ferry.

As Seadogz passed behind Red Falcon for the fifth time, the RIB accelerated on a constant heading east for 10 seconds until at 10:11:09 and a speed of 38.4 knots (44.2 mph), it collided with the North-West Netley starboard hand buoy.

“The force of Seadogz’s frontal impact knocked the buoy into an almost horizontal position and threw the bow of the RIB upward.

“The impact and the brutal decelerating forces caused all passengers to be thrown violently forward from their seats.”

The report states that the anonymous skipper was “a highly qualified and experienced RIB driver, he had local knowledge of Southampton Water and had worked for Seadogz Rib Charter Ltd on an ad hoc basis for over 8 years”.

The report adds: “The investigation to date has revealed, and is worrying, that few safe working practices in the voluntary sector [Code of Practice] were followed on the day of the accident.

“It should be noted in particular: during the trip, passengers got used to passing close to large navigation buoys at high speed. try to alert the skipper.

“High-speed figure-eight turns increase the risk of the RIB snagging or spinning.

“The skipper was operating alone, at high speed and did not see the navigation buoy, which was directly ahead, for 10 seconds before impact.

“Crossing the ferry’s wake at high speed has increased both the risk of passengers suffering spinal injuries and of the RIB approaching a craft or object previously obscured by the ferry hull. , leaving the skipper little time to react. “

“The performance of the Seadogz Experience Ride on August 22, 2020 was not unusual for such operations.”

THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

MAIB said it is urging all commercial RIB operators to review their security guidelines and said it will produce a full investigation report in the future.

Andrew Moll, Chief Marine Accident Inspector, said: “This tragic accident has many aspects and the MAIB investigation is ongoing.

“However, there are immediate lessons that can be learned now that will help avoid a repeat this summer, which is why MAIB is issuing an interim report.

“What is worrying is that few safe working practices in the voluntary CoP were followed on the day of the accident.” These rides can provide excitement, entertainment and fun, and for this reason, they are popular.

“However, this terrible accident saw nine people sustain very serious injuries and tragically claimed the life of a young person.

“As the holiday season approaches, I want to remind operators that they also have a duty of care to their passengers and that safety should not be compromised in the thrill seekers. “

Emily, from Park Gate, near Southampton, was aboard the Seadogz speedboat with her mother Nikki, father Simon and older sister Amy, 19, who were all injured.

Emily tragically died at Southampton General Hospital later that day.

An inquest into his death will be heard at Winchester Coroner’s Court, Hants.

The boat is pictured before touching the buoy in August last year

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The boat is pictured before touching the buoy in August last yearCredit: Solent
A report from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch released today said

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A report from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch released today said “few safety practices” were followed by boat operatorsCredit: Solent
The boat was destroyed after the horrific accident

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The boat was destroyed after the horrific accidentCredit: Solent
Police launch joint investigation with Marine Accident Investigation Division after 15-year-old Emily Lewis dies in boating accident


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Family of Acadiana Man Killed in Sinking Seacor Elevator Boat Take Legal Action | New http://jnic.org/2021/04/29/family-of-acadiana-man-killed-in-sinking-seacor-elevator-boat-take-legal-action-new/ Thu, 29 Apr 2021 18:09:27 +0000 http://jnic.org/2021/04/29/family-of-acadiana-man-killed-in-sinking-seacor-elevator-boat-take-legal-action-new/

The family of Ernest P. Williams Jr. of Arnaudville, a cook who died on April 13 when the lifting boat Seacor Power overturned in the Gulf of Mexico, have filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages.

Williams, 69, was one of 19 people aboard the Seacor Power when it left Port Fourchon around 1:30 p.m. despite poor weather conditions. The boat would have capsized around 4:30 p.m.

Six crew members were rescued the same day. Six bodies were later found, including that of Williams, whose body was found in the water on April 16, near Cocodrie, about 30 miles west of the largely submerged vessel.

Seven men are still missing. Volunteers scoured the Louisiana coast by sea and air.

Seacor Power victim Ernest Williams loved to cook for his fellow workers

The bodily injury and wrongful death lawsuit was brought by the law firm of Morris Bart of the Parish of St. Mary’s because Seacor Liftboats’s principal place of business is Morgan City. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Williams’ wife Verley Ann Williams and adult children Vivian Wright, Daton Williams, Brandy W. Norris, Ernest Williams, April Williams, Albert Williams, Veronica Stiner, Mitchell Stiner and Bryson Williams .

The defendants named in the lawsuit are Seacor Marine, Seacor Liftboats, Talos Energy and Semco.

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Survivors allege in the lawsuit that the companies ignored warnings of possible severe weather in the area.

“The defendants put their profits ahead of the safety and lives of its crew members and ordered Seacor Power to leave the port to deliver equipment to a Talos drilling site about 40 miles east of Venice “, alleges the lawsuit.

The family are asking for a jury trial.

Family record of a member of Seacor’s crew, more to follow, lawyer says

The Williams family lawsuit is at least the third filed by surviving family members of those on board the Seacor Power.

The families of two still missing men have filed lawsuits in Houston, where Seacor Marine and Talos Energy are located.

Hannah Daspit, wife of Dylan Daspit of Lafayette, and Krista Vercher, also of Lafayette, the fiancee of missing crew member Jay Guevara Jr., sued Houston, each claiming more than $ 25 million in damages. .


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Sinking of a fishing boat linked to a broken hull http://jnic.org/2021/04/09/sinking-of-a-fishing-boat-linked-to-a-broken-hull/ Fri, 09 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000 http://jnic.org/2021/04/09/sinking-of-a-fishing-boat-linked-to-a-broken-hull/ The sinking of a fishing vessel in the North Sea two years ago was “almost certainly the result of a hull plating failure or a hull weld”, an investigation concluded.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) discovered that the Ocean Quest sank 70 miles northeast of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, after an engine room flood on August 18, 2019.

Although the source of the flooding was not determined, the MAIB found the probable cause to be a failure of the hull plating or the hull weld under the main engine.

The report said the ailing vessel had “also undergone previous hull plating repairs after hull thickness surveys detected significant erosion.”

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The Ocean Quest crew of five could not bring the situation under control despite their best efforts with stationary and portable pumps, and they had to be rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter.

As soon as the flooding was discovered, they sounded the alarm and the report determined that they had followed the onboard routine for pumping out the bilge, meaning the sea suction valves were left partially open.

The MAIB says this “potentially limited the efficiency of the bilge pumps and, while this procedure may have been appropriate for bilge pumping, it was not appropriate in an emergency.”

No recommendation was made in the report, but he added: “This should nonetheless serve as a reminder to fishing vessel crews to prepare for flood emergencies.”


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Man arrested in high-speed boat chase in Sydney – cops find “200 KILOS of cocaine” http://jnic.org/2021/03/11/man-arrested-in-high-speed-boat-chase-in-sydney-cops-find-200-kilos-of-cocaine/ Thu, 11 Mar 2021 08:00:00 +0000 http://jnic.org/2021/03/11/man-arrested-in-high-speed-boat-chase-in-sydney-cops-find-200-kilos-of-cocaine/

Dramatic moment when a man raises his hands and surrenders to cops armed with machine guns during a high speed boat chase – as they “discover 200 KILOS of cocaine in his ship”

  • A 27-year-old man has been arrested by police following a dramatic boat chase in New South Wales
  • Footage showed the moment water police rushed towards the black 750 Game Fisher
  • Police reportedly seized around 200 kilograms of cocaine from the ship

A man has been arrested by police following a dramatic boat chase off the coast of New South Wales where officers reportedly discovered 200 kilograms of cocaine in his ship.

Video footage showed the moment water police rushed towards the black 750 Game Fisher, which was seen sailing on Thursday.

Officers shouted “stop” as their ship approached the man, who quickly raised his hands in the air, a policeman wielding a machine gun.

A man has been arrested by police following a dramatic boat chase off the NSW coast (pictured)

Images shared by police showed wads of cash seized during the investigation, which totaled around $ 500,000, officers said.

Images shared by police showed wads of cash seized during the investigation, which totaled around $ 500,000, officers said.

The 27-year-old South Australian man remained motionless in his boat as officers jumped into his ship and arrested him.

He was then taken to the police boat, which returned ashore and docked in Sydney.

The investigation by Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police and Australian Border Forces was triggered on Saturday (March 6) following intelligence from international law enforcement partners.

Police allege that the vessel that was intercepted contained around 200 kilograms of cocaine.

The allegedly illicit drugs have an estimated market value of $ 90 million.

NSW Police seized around 200 kilograms of cocaine hidden in boat after chase, cops say

NSW Police seized around 200 kilograms of cocaine hidden in boat after chase, cops say

A man is questioned by Australian Federal Police, after his ship was stopped by cops

A man is questioned by Australian Federal Police, after his ship was stopped by cops

The man is taken by police to Sydney.  He is scheduled to appear in Sydney Central Local Court on Friday.

The man is taken by police to Sydney. He is scheduled to appear in Sydney Central Local Court on Friday.

The fishing boat underwent a forensic analysis in Balmain, western Sydney on Thursday.

After the arrest, police searched a storage unit in Caringbah where they reportedly found wads of money tied to the man totaling approximately $ 500,000.

Police charged the man with importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug, possessing a commercial quantity of an illegally imported border-controlled drug, and selling money or other goods. which are the product or instrument of crime.

He is scheduled to appear before the Sydney Central Local Court on Friday.

The fishing boat underwent a forensic analysis in Balmain, western Sydney on Thursday.  Pictured: The man is taken away by NSW Police

The fishing boat underwent a forensic analysis in Balmain, western Sydney on Thursday. Pictured: The man is taken away by NSW Police

Video footage shared by NSW Police showed the dramatic moment the man was arrested

Video footage shared by NSW Police showed the dramatic moment the man was arrested

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The Navy’s new high-speed boat heads for land: Iguana Interceptor http://jnic.org/2021/02/09/the-navys-new-high-speed-boat-heads-for-land-iguana-interceptor/ Tue, 09 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000 http://jnic.org/2021/02/09/the-navys-new-high-speed-boat-heads-for-land-iguana-interceptor/
  • The US Navy has received two Iguana Interceptor amphibious boats.
  • The boats are designed for high speed navigation, reaching over 50 miles per hour.
  • In seconds, the boat can deploy a landing gear to allow it to crawl on dry land.

    The US Navy has just purchased a whole new type of boat, which is not limited to operations on the water.

    Of course, the French-made Iguana Interceptor is a high-speed boat. But it is also capable of deploying tank-like caterpillars that allow it to exit the water and crawl on dry land. The Navy plans to use the boats for surveillance missions in shallow waters, where its land and sea capabilities will come in handy, according to Popular science.

    At sea, the Interceptor looks like any other boat: it has a fiberglass hull reinforced with carbon fiber; two 350 horsepower outboard motors; and the ability to reach up to 50 knots, or 57 miles per hour (mph) on land. The Interceptor is typically configured with seating for five and can carry a total of 2,645 pounds.

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    All of these features are pretty normal for fast boats, but the Interceptor’s hull hides an interesting trick: on command, it hydraulically deploys a pair of tank-shaped rubber tracks. Kevlar reinforced tracks allow the vehicle to crawl directly out of the water on dry land at a speed of 4.3 mph. The vehicle can deploy the tracks in just 8 seconds, and on land, it stands almost 11 feet tall.

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    The Navy received two interceptors in 2020 for testing and evaluation. It’s unclear exactly what purpose the Navy has in mind for the ships, but they seem ideal for the special naval warfare role, especially for infiltrating and exfiltrating the coasts in contested or downright hostile territory. The Interceptor can approach a small island and head inland to camouflage itself, instead of staying on the beach where it could be easily seen.


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    There are several advantages to the boat having the ability to steer on land. The Interceptor can drive inland and deliver supplies, pick up injured soldiers, or assist with disaster relief efforts. Almost all of the US Navy’s surface ships, especially frigates, destroyers, and cruisers, could follow suit. These ships would be able to deploy teams ashore in locations without piers or docks.

    The Interceptor is not really a combat vehicle. Although it is capable of mounting a medium machine gun on the bow, it has minimal armor. It does not replace a land armored vehicle either, as bullet holes in the hull of a boat are obviously undesirable. The main protection of the boat is its top speed of 60 mph.

    Iguana thinks the Pentagon will buy more Interceptor ships, claim on their website the US military will soon be placing an even larger order.


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