Tree Trimmer Dies After Getting Stuck 50ft up in a Palm Tree

A California tree trimmer died after becoming trapped when palm fronds collapsed on him as he worked 50ft up a tree.

Officials say that Bardomiano Bautista-Perez, 39, became pinned by the fronds as he worked in the front garden of a home in Bonita, near San Diego.

Firefighters were called to the property at around 11.30am on Monday as other workers tried to free their co-worker, KFMB reported.

Authorities say that it took around 35 minutes to free the victim and lower him to the ground, where he was pronounced dead.

“We have seen this in the past with these palm fronds falling on these tree trimmers and it is something that is relatively unique to certain types of palm trees,” Chula Vista Battalion Chief Tim Mehrer told KNSD.

The victim, who was a father of four from Escondido, had been hired by a friend to work in a four-person team, reported KGTV.

They were on the second day of the job when the fatal accident happened.

“We can’t believe it,” sister-in-law Rosario Martinez told the station. “You can’t describe it in words.”

And she added: “He was hard-working, modest, humble, and a great family man. He was so safety conscious. That’s why we don’t understand what happened.”

The accident is now being investigated by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

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Man Dies After Being Attacked by Aggressive Chicken

Cancer survivor Jasper Kraus, of Killahornia, Creagh, Ballinasloe in Roscommon suffered puncture wounds to his left leg that caused massive bleeding, his inquest heard earlier this week.

His daughter Virginia Guinan said on the morning of April 28, 2022, the day of his death, she dropped groceries to his house at around 12:00 pm.

During her deposition, Virginia said she went inside but said her dad, who was originally from the Netherlands, was fast asleep.

She said she didn’t want to wake him up because his dog had recently died and she said he was upset.

Virginia was later contacted by Corey O’Keeffe, who was living in her dad’s house at the time, who told her about what had happened.

She rushed to her dad’s house and when she arrived saw blood all over the floor and witnessed paramedics performing CPR on her dad.

Virginia said at the time of the chicken attack, her dad was on a lot of medication.

She also said her dad’s health was not good during that time, he was in remission from cancer. Virginia said prior to that he had renal failure.

When she arrived, Virginia also noticed that there was a puncture wound to his left leg which caused a massive amount of bleeding. She said the TV was still on in the other room and a cigarette was still smoking.

Virginia also recalled spotting a trail of blood from the house all the way to the chicken house and at that point said she “realised that it must have been the chicken” that caused her dad’s death.

She noticed that one of the chickens had blood on its claws and said she believed it was the culprit because that particular bird had also “attacked my daughter before”.

Jasper’s tenant Corey O’Keeffe, who had been living in the house for two years, said on the day of the animal attack he returned home at 8am after finishing night duty.

Corey said he asked Jasper how he was doing and fed the animals before going to bed but woke up to the Dutchman screaming “come quick”.

Giving evidence, he said blood was coming out of Jasper’s leg.

He noticed a large wound on the calf and said there were two other scratches on his other leg.

Corey called emergency services and after he dealt with the cut, the operator told him how to do CPR.

He performed CPR for 25 minutes before the ambulance arrived.

Corey said during this time, Jasper was falling in and out of consciousness but revealed he was saying the word “rooster”.

He said he also noticed the trail of blood which led out towards the chicken house and said the chicken that attacked his landlord was on the property “because it was aggressive before” and had attacked a child at a different house.

During the inquest into his death which was in held in Ballaghaderreen, Garda Eoin Browne said that he was called out to the scene of a sudden death where he was met by paramedics.

The ambulance crew told the officer that they had carried out CPR but it wasn’t successful, according to a report in the Irish Examiner.

Dr. Annette Jennings said when she arrived at the scene paramedics were still trying to resuscitate Jasper but said he was pronounced dead at 3:24 pm.

The medic noted that the circumstances of his death were unusual as a wound had been inflicted on his left calf by a chicken.

Jasper’s body was then brought to the mortuary at Roscommon Hospital and later to University College Hospital for a post-mortem.

Dr. Ramadan Shatwan, who carried out the autopsy, said that the deceased’s face was covered in dry blood but there were no cuts to his face.

The doctor, who gave evidence at the inquest, also said that both Jasper’s lower limbs were covered in blood.

Dr. Ramadan concluded that the cause of death was due to lethal cardiac arrhythmia in the context of severe coronary atheroma and cardiomegaly.

When asked by Virginia if her dad had a heart attack, he agreed and said another contributory factor was that the blood supply to the man’s heart was “severely calcified”.

Virginia said the family knew Jasper’s heart “was bad”.

She went on to say she had to clean up her dad’s blood in the house and argued that there should be support for people who find themselves in the situation.

Virginia said if it had been a murder and not an accident that there would be help available to clean up.

Coroner Mr. Brian O’Connor, said that Jasper’s death was in accordance with the autopsy report.

O’Connor then expressed sympathies to the family and said it was a “dreadful experience”

He also praised Corey and said did everything he could to help.

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Woman Jumps into Niagara Gorge with 5-Year-Old Son

A woman died after she jumped into the Niagara Gorge with her 5-year-old child Monday, New York State Parks officials said. The boy survived the falls but sustained a head injury.

Officials said the unidentified woman climbed over the railing on Goat Island and fell from its edge with her son at around 1 p.m. Monday. Rescuers had to make their way through slippery and rocky terrain to retrieve them, CBS-affiliated WIVB reported.

State Parks Police Capt. Chris Rola said the woman and her child were with her husband before they jumped from the gorge. The circumstances that led to the incident are unclear, but officials believe the fall was not an accident, local radio station WBEN reported.

Rola said the woman plummeted about 90 feet down but did not reach the bottom of the gorge. Officials administered CPR to the mother, however, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Unfortunately, the female did not make it,” Rola said, adding that the body was flown from the state park to the coroner’s office in a helicopter. “The investigation is ongoing, but we don’t believe it is an accident.”

The child was rescued and was rushed to a hospital in Buffalo with a head injury.

“Our rescuers, along with Niagara Falls Fire Department, were able to reach pretty quickly both of the victims,” the police officer said as he gave details about the rescue operation.

“Although today it’s nice out, it’s very icy down there,” he continued. “It’s real tough terrain that our guy and our girls were able to get through and get to them and provide that life-saving care and do everything they could but, as far as putting other people at risk, we were going to make every effort for that child that was still alive at the time.”

Witnesses told investigators that the woman jumped over the railing that was meant to be a safety barrier.

The identities of the mother and child were not immediately released. Some outlets said they were tourists visiting the spot.

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Two Workers Fall into Vat of Melted Chocolate at Mars Factory

A chocolate factory has been fined after two workers fell into a vat of chocolate and had to be rescued by cutting hole in the bottom.

The incident happened at a factory in Pennsylvania belonging to Mars Wrigley who make M&Ms, Snickers and Twix.

The two workers, who were contractors and not full-time employees, fell into a mixing tank where Galaxy chocolate was being made. Galaxy is sold as Dove chocolate in the US.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined the factory in the city of Elizabethtown more than $14,500 (£12,000) for the June 2022 incident.

The regulator described the incident as “serious” and said the workers hired to clean the tanks were not provided proper safety training.

More than 24 rescuers responded and a hole was cut into the partly-full tank to get the workers out.

One was taken to hospital by helicopter.

A spokesperson for Mars Wrigley welcomed the conclusion of the investigation by the regulator.

They said: “The safety of our associates and outside contractors is a top priority for our business.

“As always, we appreciate [the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s] collaborative approach to working with us to conduct the after-action review.”

Mars Wrigley Confectionery is a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, a massive multinational that makes chocolates, sweets, pet food and even provides animal care.

Although the men weren’t badly hurt, chocolate can be dangerous.

A woman, 19, suffered severe burns and “was going crazy” when she couldn’t see after chocolate she was boiling in a pot exploded in her face.

Samantha D’Aprile, 19, a student from Illinois, US, nearly went blind after a freak accident when she was making chocolate cookies with her mum in December, 2021, and a pot exploded.

When she arrived at the hospital, her eyes had swollen shut and she was told by doctors she would most likely lose her sight.

“When I found out my vision was almost gone, I said to the doctors I didn’t want to live anymore,” Samantha said.

“I was in such a dark place and I was going crazy for the few days I couldn’t see. I couldn’t picture the rest of my life like that.

“Going from having the perfect vision to the next day being told I could be blind for the rest of my life was the scariest thing I have ever been through and I couldn’t wrap my head around it.”

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Pilot Mistakenly Sends Plane into Steep Descent After Losing “Situational Awareness” Just After Take-Off

A pilot mistakenly sent a plane into a steep descent after losing “situational awareness” shortly after take-off.

The incident happened onboard Qatar Airways flight QR161 from Doha to Copenhagen on 10 January, The Aviation Herald reported.

After taking off at 2am, the Boeing 787 started losing altitude only a minute later, when the plane was at 1,850ft.

At 1,600ft the aircraft was cleared to its next waypoint on the flight path. It is thought that at this stage of the flight, the first officer tried to turn manually, without further flight director guidance.

The pilot then “lost situational awareness sending the aircraft into a descent that reached 3,000 fpm sink rate,” reports The Aviation Herald.

This then “exceeded the flap speed limits until the captain took control of the aircraft and recovered about 800 feet above water.”

The steep drop meant an increase in vertical speed, and the aircraft reached nearly 300kts during the descent.

After the incident, the aircraft levelled off and was able to begin its climb upwards again.

The pilot flying at the time of the descent is thought to have been the first officer, reports the Herald.

The aircraft subsequently continued its onward journey, landing safely in Copenhagen six hours later.

Authorities have been notified about the altitude drop and Qatar Airways is currently conducting an internal investigation.

A Qatar Airways spokesperson told The Independent: “Qatar Airways is aware of an event relating to flight QR161 operating Doha to Copenhagen on 10 January 2023. It was immediately reported to authorities and an internal investigation is being carried out.

“The airline follows the most stringent standards of safety, training and reporting and is working to address any findings in line with industry norms.”

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2 Children Dead and 6 Injured After Bus Slams into Day Care

Two children are dead and six others injured after a city bus crashed into a day care Wednesday in Laval, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal.

The driver of the bus, a 51-year-old man, has been arrested and faces charges of homicide and dangerous driving, police said at a press conference.

The six other children did not suffer life-threatening injuries but have been transported to hospitals, police said.

One adult in shock was also transported to a hospital, according to police.

Parents have been reunited with children who were at the day care, police said.

“Those are children that are starting their lives,” Laval Mayor Stephane Boyer told reporters at the scene.

PHOTO: Parents and their children are loaded onto a warming bus as they wait for news after a bus crashed into a daycare center in Laval, Quebec, Feb. 8, 2023.
Parents and their children are loaded onto a warming bus as they wait for news after a bus crashed into a daycare center in Laval, Quebec, Feb. 8, 2023.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet his heart is with the people of Laval.

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Teen Girl Mauled by Shark in Front of Friends in Horror River Attack

A 16-year-old girl tragically died as she swam near the Fremantle Traffic Bridge over the Swan River in Perth, Australia, in the first deadly shark attack in more than a century

A teenager was attacked and killed by a shark as she was enjoying a swim with her friends in a river.

The 16-year-old girl suffered deadly injuries from the predator on Saturday afternoon, while her friends got to witness the gruesome scene.

The tragic incident happened near the Fremantle Traffic Bridge over the Swan River in Perth, Australia, and it is the first deadly shark attack in the area in nearly a century.

Authorities said the girl and her friends were on jet skis when she possibly jumped in the water to swim nearby some dolphins.

She was pulled from the water but pronounced dead at the scene after efforts to revive her failed, said Paul Robinson, police acting inspector for the Fremantle district.

Robinson told reporters during a news conference: “It’s very early on, what we’re being advised is that she was with friends on the river.

“They were on jet skis. Possible a pod of dolphins were being seen nearby and the young female jumped in to swim nearby the dolphins.”

He described the incident as “very, very traumatic” and said the girl’s family, from Perth, were “absolutely devastated by the news”.

Robinson noted: “It’s an extremely traumatic event for everyone involved and everyone who knew the young girl, so I won’t be going into the extent of the injuries.

A teenage witness was with a group of friends jumping from the old Fremantle traffic bridge rope swing when they noticed a jetski and nearby swimmers rushing to shore.

Joshua, 16, told WAToday: “There were about seven of us and we were on the rope swing for around an hour or two.

“We saw the dolphins, there were dolphins there. When all the police came by we thought we were in trouble.”

Joshua said the police went passed the group but did not say anything to them.

He added: “They looked at us and they didn’t tell us about it which is kind of worrying as after this had happened we were still jumping off the rope swim.

“Another person then came over on a jet ski and told us to get out of the water.

“We were so grateful that it wasn’t one of us, of course we’re so sorry for what happened and for the family involved.

According to Sports Australia, 4.5 million Aussies swim regularly and at least 500,000 surf.

In February last year, a 35-year-old British diving instructor, Simon Nellist, was devoured off Sydney’s Little Bay Beach, the first such attack in the country’s largest city since 1963.

The only recorded fatal bull shark attack in the Swan River prior to Saturday’s incident happened in 1923 when a 13-year-old boy was bitten on the thigh while swimming near Mosman Park.

The last fatal attack in an Australian river was recorded in 1960, when a bull shark measuring an estimated 3.3 meters (nearly 11 feet) killed a snorkeler at Roseville Bridge in Sydney, according to a database run by Taronga Conservation Society.

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MSNBC Anchor Rushed to the Hospital

Yasmin Vossoughian had a “nightmare” January. 

After experiencing chest pain for nearly two weeks, Vossoughian, a weekend MSNBC news anchor, was rushed to the hospital on New Years Eve and diagnosed with pericarditis, a condition in which causes thin tissue surrounding the heart to become inflamed. Causes of pericarditis are hard to determine, but include inflammation disorders and, as in Vossoughian’s case, infections like the cold.

Vossoughian said she spent January in and out of hospitals. The journalist needed to get fluid around her heart drained, and was later diagnosed with myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle. 

But Vossoughian could have been diagnosed one day earlier, when she initially sought medical attention at an urgent care on December 30. On that day, the doctor misdiagnosed Vossoughian with acid reflux. 

In an interview with Insider, Vossoughian said though she was “frustrated” at her misdiagnosis, she blamed herself for not choosing to go to the hospital right away. The 44-year-old journalist said she knew she should have gotten her heart checked in urgent care, but a part of her did not want to believe she was having heart problems. 

“A part of me wanted that diagnosis because I didn’t wanna be told it was something with my heart. Because that’s scary,” Vossoughian said. 

With her misdiagnosis, Vossoughian joined the many American women who are more likely than men to have their pain dismissed by a physician — particularly when it comes to heart problems. Women tend to wait longer for heart disease diagnosis, The New York Times reported, and one study suggested that younger women were twice as likely as young men to receive a mental health diagnosis from a medical professional when their symptoms pointed more to heart disease. 

Vossoughian, who broadcasted her misdiagnosis and health journey during a ten minute segment on the January 28 episode of her show, said she is sharing her story to encourage women to prioritize their health and listen to their bodies if something does not seem right.

“A lot of times as women specifically, we don’t trust our gut, we don’t trust our instincts because we’re pleasers, society tells us to be pleasers,” Vossoughian told Insider. “My advice is listen to your gut.”

Vossoughian tells career women to ‘pump the brakes’ and prioritize their physical needs 

On the MSNBC segment, Vossoughian said she ran seven miles multiple times a week, didn’t eat meat or smoke, and did yoga. “Aside from not getting enough sleep and working too much I’m a pretty healthy person.”

But following her month-long health scare, Vossoughian said she acknowledged she pushed too hard at work, at times at the expense of her physical health. Prior to feeling chest pains, Vossoughian said she felt exhausted and feverish, but carried on in the hopes it would go away.

Vossoughian said she might have chosen not to listen to her body because of societal pressure for career women to “do everything and anything, because we can do it all and have it all.”

But the journalist said does not want to go back to her old mindset of putting her physical health to the side. Even now, Vossoughian said she feels tempted to “hop on a plane” to chase news stories, and has to remind herself to “pump the brakes a little bit.” 

“Everything’s going to be there and you’ve got to take care of yourself,” Vossoughian tells women who might feel the same pressure after experiencing a health problem. “You have to not let kind of all of those insecure feelings back in.”

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Coast Guard Makes Incredible Save After Boat Gets Caught in Huge Waves (VIDEOS)

The mouth of the Columbia River can be an extremely treacherous place for mariners. The recent videos posted by the U.S. Coast Guard are a case in point. In it, we see just how absurdly brave Coasties can be – notably those hardened by the at times very hostile seas off the Pacific Northwest. This is especially true of one rescue swimmer who faced down a huge, sudden wave, en route to his target, and went on to still make the save.

The mouth of the Columbia River separates the states of Washington and Oregon. It’s a body of water notorious for its extremely powerful currents that can become too difficult for even the most experienced sailors to navigate. 

While conducting a routine training mission from their base in nearby Astoria, two USCG aircrews aboard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters received a distress call from the skipper of the private vessel Sandpiper. After alerting watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, who ordered the launch of the incredibly capable 47-foot motor lifeboats from USCG Station Cape Disappointment, aircrews quickly found the Sandpiper being thrashed-about by large waves.

In the video linked above, Sandpiper is seen next to a USCG Motor Lifeboat. With the waves as strong as they were, rescue from the lifeboat was deemed too dangerous, so a rescue swimmer was dropped from the Jayhawk into the storm-punished waters below.

In the additional video, we can see the rescue swimmer battling the swells as they approach Sandpiper. The Coast Guard notes that the intention here was to have Sandpiper’s captain also enter the water for the rescue to be performed. 

At least that was the plan.

Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, an absolutely huge and fast-moving wave comes barreling toward the boat and the swimmer, who was still between his drop point and the boat in peril. You can see the ‘oh shit’ moment as the rescue swimmer stops, sees the wave, and prepares to ride it out. An instant later it engulfs the rescue swimmer and tosses the Sandpiper like a toy, capsizing it with its captain still aboard.

The scene looked like a catastrophe.

Lo and behold, and somewhat astonishingly, the rescue swimmer was still able to safely recover the individual after the wave passed. Lifted aboard USCG MH-60T ‘6009,’ the individual was then flown to Coast Guard Air Station Astoria where emergency medical services were waiting. At this time, we do not know the condition of the rescued individual, but they were carried off the helicopter without a stretcher. All in all, the videos go to show just how important the work of the USCG really is, and underscore the bravery and persistence demonstrated by USCG personnel in risking their own lives every day in order to save others. Well done!



This story has gotten way weirder. It turns out, the man that was rescued stole the boat after leaving a dead fish on the front porch of the famed house in Astoria that was used in the ’80s smash hit Goonies.

Police identified the alleged dead-fish deliverer as 35-year-old Jericho Lobonte of Victoria, B.C.

KGW, a local NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon, reported that, following the rescue, Lobonte was released from medical care before it was understood he was wanted by police, but was later arrested in nearby Seaside, Oregon.

The fact that the man put other lives at direct risk due to his failed escape antics isn’t likely to help him in the eyes of the law.

We will update this post over the next 24 hours with any new information about this bizarre story.

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Hiker with Broken Neck Walks to Safety by ‘Holding Her Neck in Place’ (VIDEO)

A Colorado woman is fortunate to be alive after she fell during a Christmas Eve hike in the San Gabriel mountains.

Ruth Woroniecki, 40, of Thornton, Colo., had summited Cucamonga Peak in California and was heading back down the mountain around noon that Saturday when she slipped on a patch of ice and fell 200 feet, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department said in a press release last month.

The experienced hiker suffered a broken neck, a severe head wound and facial lacerations, according to a GoFundMe for Woroniecki’s medical expenses and charitable work.

Afterward, she was had to walk 150 feet to a nearby clearing in order to meet up with a rescue helicopter, which was hampered by high winds, according to NBC News. Woroniecki said she had to hold her broken neck to keep it stable on the walk to safety.

Woroniecki told the outlet she is happy to have survived the harrowing incident on Dec. 24 with the help of good Samaritans who found her after the fall. “I’m just deeply, deeply grateful,” she said.

Woroniecki was camping with family in the Lytle Creek area when she left for the fateful hike, according to the SBSD.

She doesn’t remember the fall but when Woroniecki came to, she was surrounded by people trying to help, NBC News reported.

One person was sending their GPS coordinates to rescuers while another was wrapping her up with her coat, per the report.

The SBSD confirmed that a nearby hiker who found Woroniecki “activated his Garmin inReach device to get her help.”

A search crew later located Woroniecki and determined a rescue helicopter was her best option, according to the SBSD. However, an air crew was unable to safely send a rescuer down to her exact position due to “gusty winds coming over the Cucamonga Saddle.”

So, Woroniecki was left with no other choice but to hike 150 feet to a nearby clearing, where the rescue helicopter was able to pick her up, the sheriff’s department said.

Woroniecki had assistance from a first-responder, who placed her in a rescue harness “and assisted her to an open area” where she could be reached, according to the December release.

After she was flown out of the area, Woroniecki was transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment, the SBSD said.

Woroniecki is still recovering from her injuries, according to NBC News, but she’s back on her feet, which is “extremely exciting,” she said, adding that she’s been leaning on her faith the entire time.

“That’s what I was saying about prayer,” Woroniecki told the outlet. She recalled thinking, “Jesus, now, help me. Be with me.”

“And he brought me that sense of hope and comfort,” she added, “and he got me through.”

Chris Mejia of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department told NBC News that the odds of Woroniecki surviving the fall were slim. “For her to be alive,” he said, “that’s a miracle.”


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