Bag found by searchers looking for Florida firefighters who vanished on fishing trip

first_imgDraganSaponjic/iStock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — As the desperate search for two firefighters who disappeared during a fishing trip off the coast of Florida continues into its fourth day, the family confirmed that a bag located by civilian searchers did belong to one of the missing men.Brian McCluney, a Jacksonville, Florida, firefighter, and Justin Walker, a member of the Fairfax, Virginia, fire department, were last seen on Friday launching a 22-foot fishing boat at Port Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Sunday.On Monday, officials had 37 boats out searching for them as well as 6 aircraft. Approximately 5,000 square miles of water was searched on Monday, according to Jacksonville Fire Rescue.Around 11 a.m. Monday, an off-shore angular fishing bag was found by a civilian searcher about 50 nautical miles east of St. Augustine, officials said. Family has confirmed that the bag belonged to McCluney.Search efforts will be increased Tuesday in the area where the bag was found. Officials are asking anyone with a boat that can go out 30 to 50 miles off shore to assist in the search.Meanwhile, the wife of one of the missing men is speaking out about the circumstances surrounding the men’s situation.Stephanie McCluney, wife of Brian McCluney, expressed her concerns – and her resolve — to ABC’s local affiliate station in Jacksonville, Florida, WJXX.“It was supposed to be a fairly short day on the water,” she said. “I gave them until 6 p.m. maybe because the fishing was great. But 6 o’clock, I didn’t hear and I still could see that he didn’t read my messages – they hadn’t even been delivered yet … at 8 p.m. we called the Coast Guard.”One of the main reasons McCluney and Walker were taking the fishing boat out for the day was to honor Brian McCluney’s recently-departed father.“[Brian] wanted to get those lines wet one more time. You know, one big final hurrah for his dad and it was just supposed to be one great day in his honor … he was excited to get out there on the water,” said Stephanie McCluney.Instead, the day ended with a massive search party being launched for the two missing men.About 50 firefighters from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department joined the Coast Guard in searching for the lost firefighters, combing the waters between Daytona Beach and Vilano in 11 boats over the weekend.Also looking for the men were crews from the U.S. Navy, the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. The Coast Guard also deployed a C-130 plane to search from the air.Search-and-rescue crews had covered an estimated 24,000 miles of ocean between Port Canaveral and north of the city of Jacksonville, Coast Guard officials said on Twitter Monday morning.“He was prior military, navy veteran. He has SERE [Search, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape] training, survival training through the navy. Of course, firefighter, paramedic. So he is built to help people. He was a combat medical corpsman during the push through Fallujah so if there is anyone built of an iron man, that’s him,” said Stephanie McCluney of her husband. Her confidence in her husband’s ability to survive is not just based in the skills he learned throughout his career, but also bolstered by her faith.“I have an army of support. I know that the ocean is large and my God I serve is larger. He can change the wind and the waters at his command. I have faith. I have so many prayer warriors behind me … the fire department hasn’t left my side. I feel so well held between my spiritual family, my fire family, and my family family,” McCluney described.“If there is ever two people,” McCluney stated confidently, “I mean those two men are survivors and they are going to find their way home.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Nicotine letdown

first_imgNicotine replacement therapies (NRT), specifically nicotine patches and nicotine gum, did not improve smokers’ chances of long-term cessation in a study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Massachusetts Boston.The study appears Jan. 9 in an online edition of Tobacco Control and will appear in a later print issue.“What this study shows is the need for the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees regulation of both medications to help smokers quit and tobacco products, to approve only medications that have been proven to be effective in helping smokers quit in the long term and to lower nicotine in order to reduce the addictiveness of cigarettes,” said co-author Gregory Connolly, director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at HSPH.In the prospective cohort study, the researchers, including lead author Hillel Alpert, research scientist at HSPH, and co-author Lois Biener of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Survey Research, followed 787 adult smokers in Massachusetts who had recently quit smoking. The participants were surveyed over three time periods: 2001-2002, 2003-2004, and 2005-2006. Participants were asked whether they had used a nicotine replacement therapy in the form of the nicotine patch (placed on the skin), nicotine gum, nicotine inhaler, or nasal spray to help them quit, and if so, what was the longest period of time they had used the product continuously. They also were asked if they had joined a quit-smoking program or received help from a doctor, counselor, or other professional.The results showed that, for each time period, almost one-third of recent quitters reported to have relapsed. The researchers found no difference in relapse rate among those who used NRT for more than six weeks, with or without professional counseling. No difference in quitting success with use of NRT was found for either heavy or light smokers.“This study shows that using NRT is no more effective in helping people stop smoking cigarettes in the long term than trying to quit on one’s own,” Alpert said. He added that even though clinical trials have found NRT to be effective, the new findings demonstrate the importance of empirical studies regarding effectiveness when used in the general population.Biener said that using public funds to provide NRT to the population at large is of questionable value, particularly when it reduces the amount of money available for smoking interventions shown in previous studies to be effective, such as media campaigns, promotion of no-smoking policies, and tobacco price increases.Smoking cessation medications have been available over the counter since 1996, yet U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that the previous adult smoking rate decline and quitting rates have stalled in the past five years.Funding for the study was provided by the National Cancer Institute, State and Community Tobacco Control Interventions Research Grant Program.last_img read more

Premier League clubs to discuss changing date of summer deadline day

first_imgThe summer transfer window’s deadline is set to be forced back to August 31 by Premier League clubs.The decision to change the deadline to before the season starts has gone down as a disaster by powerbrokers. shining 2 silverware huge blow England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Thibaut Courtois moved from Chelsea to Real Madrid for around £31million Transfer deadline day: All the signings made by Premier League clubsForeign clubs benefited from the early deadline in England as they were able to use that to pick off players on the cheap.It has also been noted that when the window remained open until the end of August, players’ futures were only in doubt for the opening three games of the league season.Meanwhile, Manchester United are being taken to court over the signing of 16-year-old wonderkid Indy Boonen from Genk. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Danny Ings’ loan move from Liverpool to Southampton was one of the big deadline day transfers possible standings Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Premier League News REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won smart causal Getty Images It is understood the Football League loan window has also been farcical as players have been agreeing deals to be made permanent in January.And according to The Sun, the window will be discussed at the Premier League club meeting this month.In order to get back in line with the rest of Europe, a club needs to propose the move and 14 others must agree.If that happens, the EFL is expected to do the same, showing they are equally unhappy with their window. 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice last_img read more