At an age when many people are thinking about how to get in and out of the bath, Mervyn Kinkead has put his own tub to a use which belies his advancing years.
The 65-year-old from Lisburn has become the first man to cross the Irish Sea in a bathtub.
With only a relatively minor hiccup along the way, Mervyn covered the 19 nautical miles from Donaghadee across to Portpatrick in about eight hours.
The problem arose when the bath, probably used to being filled, began to take in water about three miles out of Portpatrick.
However it was soon righted, and Mervyn made it across to Scotland shortly before nightfall.
“It all began as a bit of a joke,” Mervyn told BBC district reporter Claire Savage.
“Then someone said about doing it for charity so I thought I had better do it.”
The adventurous admiral admitted to feeling like a celebrity when a crowd gathered in Portpatrick to herald his damp arrival.
However, his pride in his achievement does not equate to certainty over whether he would repeat the trip.
“I am glad it is all over. I would do it again – well, I would consider doing it again!”
Heard of the man who got slapped by a fish? He is Brad Pennington, a 44-year old lawyer of Houston who was participating in the Missouri River 340 event, a kayak race in Kansas City, when suddenly a missile came and hit him from the blue – it was the blue of the Missouri river and the missile was a 13-Kg silver carp!! 13kg is 28 pounds.
The force of the attack would have capsized the kayak and thrown him into the swirling deep waters but, fortunately, the kayak did not overturn. He had to withdraw from the race due to a severe pounding in his head. These jumping silver carps are known to have injured many people who had ventured out to boat or fish in the Missouri.
STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) – A man who was with about a dozen people who were looking for a legendary “ghost train” in Iredell County was hit by a locomotive and killed early Friday morning.
The incident happened on a train trestle at 2:45 a.m. near the 900 block of Buffalo Shoals Road.
Robin Chapman, a spokesperson for Norfolk-Southern Railroad, said the eastbound train consisted of three locomotives and no freight cars.
The train was rounding a curve and approaching a trestle over Boston Creek just prior to Buffalo Shoals Road when it struck a man on the trestle, Chapman said.
Christopher Kaiser, 29, died at the scene and two more people were injured, according to Iredell County Sheriff Phillip Redmond. Kaiser’s body was found below the trestle down a steep incline, he said.
“During the investigation, witnesses told deputies they were at the site in hopes of seeing a ‘ghost train’,” the Iredell County sheriff’s office said in a press release.
The sheriff said the incident coincided with the anniversary of a train wreck that occurred at the same location in 1891. (Read a story about the original wreck)
A Cincinnati woman was simultaneously masturbating with a sex toy and watching a pornographic video while driving last week, according to cops who arrested her on assorted criminal charges.
Colondra Hamilton, 36, was pulled over last Tuesday evening in a traffic stop triggered when cops noticed she was driving a 2008 Pontiac with overly tinted windows.
That’s when officers noticed that Hamilton’s pants were unbuttoned. And she had a vibrator in her lap. Questioned by cops, Hamilton admitted to engaging in auto erotic manipulation, and revealed that she had also been watching a porno movie that was playing on the laptop of a friend in the passenger seat, according to an Elmwood Place Police Department report.