Sailor dies during race
A sailor died and five others had to be rescued after sending a mayday call during a race off southern California, authorities said Saturday. The crew of Uncontrollable Urge radioed the mayday call Friday night after the 32-foot sailboat lost its steering capability and the craft began drifting toward San Clemente Island, where it then broke apart, Coast Guard Petty Officer Connie Gawrelli said. When the Coast Guard finally reached the crew, they found Craig Thomas Williams, 36, unresponsive in the water, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office said. He and the other five crew members were hoisted into a helicopter and flown to a hospital.
Outdoors host mourned
The Sportsman Channel says it’s deeply saddened by the shooting death in northwestern Montana of one of its TV hosts who traveled the world in search of big game and shared his adventures on his program A Rifleman’s Journal. The company said in a news release early Saturday said it will miss Gregory G. Rodriguez’s “thoughtfulness, candor and dedication to encourage a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience for all.” Police said Rodriguez, 43, of Sugar Land, Texas, died Thursday in the town of Whitefish when he was shot by another man in an apparent jealous rage while the TV personality visited the shooter’s wife.
Plane, 2 bodies located
Searchers on Saturday found the wreckage of a commercial cargo plane that crashed in southwest Alaska. The bodies of the pilot and co-pilot were found at the site. The Anchorage Daily News said the Beechcraft 1900 was found early Saturday after Friday’s search was frustrated by low cloud ceiling, heavy snowfall and mountainous terrain. The Ace Air Cargo plane crashed about 20 miles northeast of Dillingham in southwest Alaska. The pilot and co-pilot were identified as Jeff Day, 38, and Neil Jensen, 20. The pilot told the Dillingham airport he was on approach Friday morning. But federal aviation officials issued an alert at 8:30 a.m. that the Ace Air Cargo plane did not land.
Compiled from wire reports.