Here’s some news stories over the past week or two that for whatever reason I’ve found interesting. I’ve added a few comments and would be interested in hearing yours.
Here’s a story right from my own neighborhood. I live within a town or two’s distance from the location of this story:
WALDOBORO — A 27-year-old Waldoboro man was found dead Feb. 10 after a reactivated search from the night before.
At approximately 6:15 p.m., on Feb. 9, Waldoboro Police officers responded to a disturbance at 951 Winslow Mills Road. Upon arriving at the residence, police were advised that Frank Leathers left the residence on foot and was headed south on Winslow Mills Road to a friend’s house on Route 1.
Sgt. Jamie Wilson and additional officers from the Waldoboro Police Department followed footprints found leading into the woods across the street from the residence. However due to deep snow and extreme weather conditions the search was terminated at approximately 12:30 a.m.
The next morning, a second search was initiated by Game Warden Joe Lefebvre, and at approximately 11:15 a.m., the body of Leathers was located several hundred yards off the road.
Although this death is not considered as suspicious, an autopsy has been scheduled for Feb. 11 at the Medical Examiners Office in Augusta.
First, condolences to the family.
To set this in context Saturday night was the night after the big blizzard we had here. The snow was fresh and deep, it was cold out and the wind was blowing at a pretty good clip. Movement through the woods was difficult at best and it would be easy to get turned around in a situation like that. If he wasn’t dressed properly or didn’t have the necessary skills he would have been in trouble very quick.
I went out on snowshoes earlier in the day and the snow was at least two feet deep and it had drifted in places. Very difficult walking conditions, so I know exactly what I’m talking about.
There are two things that stand out to me here. 1.) Why did he go out in the woods in the first place? 2.) It’s a shame the police didn’t go a little deeper into the woods to find this guy.
We may never know the answer to the first question, but I’m thinking about contacting the police and giving them my name for any kind of tracking or search and rescue that needs to be done in a situation like this. I feel fairly confident that I could have followed this guy and found him eventually. Whether or not he could have been rescued remains I’ll never know, but it would have been worth a shot.
Adrift on the Love Boat
Here’s a story that caught my eye because these kind of stories tend to repeat themselves. A cruise liner had a fire in the engine room and now the vessel is adrift. There’s limited electricity, sewage running down the walls, and people are sleeping on deck because there’s no air conditioning in the cabins plus they’re standing in line 3 1/2 hours to get food.
How’s that for a memorable vacation?
In the grand scheme of things they’re lucky the ship didn’t go down that far out to sea.
I sat around for awhile thinking, “How would I have prepped for an event like this?” Well, the best thing I could have had was my BOB with me I guess. If I ever go on one of these cruises I’m going to have my BOB packed full of my home made MREs along with other survival gear.
How would you prep for something like this? Or maybe a worse situation?
On Friday an asteroid is going to fly by Earth (I hope.) What makes this so special is that by astronomical standards it’s akin to someone shooting a bullet at you from a mile away and the bullet grazing that tiny little hair on the top of your ear without actually hurting you.
No impact, but man was that close!
Actually, an asteroid that size isn’t considered a planet buster, but if it hit New York City or any other major city it would be serious bad news. They think it’s about the size of the meteor/asteroid that caused the Tunguska Event back in 1908 in Russia. It’s an interesting read. Lucky for us it hit way out in the middle of nowhere.
North Korea Sets Off a Nuke
More sable rattling coming out of North Korea. Let’s hope that’s all it is.
There was the usual outcry from various countries.
With all this craziness happening in the world I’d say it’s a pretty good idea to be a prepper.
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