Rhino swept from Nepal to India by flooding rescued

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The young female rhino had been swept far away from her home in Nepal

An endangered one-horned rhino which was swept across the Nepalese border into India by flooding has been rescued and brought home.

The young female rhino was found 42km (26 miles) from the Chitwan National Park in the Indian village of Bagah.

Four more rhinos from the park need to be rescued and one was found dead after devastating flooding in the area.

Monsoon rains have caused widespread damage in Nepal, Bangladesh and parts of India in recent weeks.

Nepal’s Chitwan Valley – home to the park which houses more than 600 rhinos – has been badly affected. Last week dozens of elephants and rafts were deployed to rescue nearly 500 people trapped in the area.

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A 40-strong team worked to bring the rhino home

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She is one of more than 600 rhinos in the Chitwan National Park

A team of 40 Nepali officials were deployed to bring the two-and-a-half year old rhino home from India.

“We were able to bring the baby rhino back with the support of Indian forestry officials,” the park’s Deputy Warden Nurendra Aryal told BBC Nepali.

“Hundreds of Indian people came to watch the rescue.”

The rhino, found at a sugarcane farm in an Indian village, was tranquilised using a dart and brought back in a truck, he said.

Of the four rhinos still missing, officials say two are inside the protected tiger conservation area in Valmikinagar in India, which borders the Chitwan district.

Two others are in sugarcane fields in the nearby Nepali district of Nawalparsai. Another two-year-old rhino was found dead on Tuesday morning.

Mr Aryal said that the two rhinos in India would be rescued after the flooding subsided.

The monsoon season, which starts in June and ends in September, causes floods across the region each year.

In India’s Assam state, six rhinos are reported to have drowned after monsoon flooding at the Kaziranga National Park.

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Lion rescued from Syria zoo gives birth in Jordan reserve

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The odds had been stacked against Hajar, a lion cub born just hours after her mother Dana, rescued from a zoo in war-torn Syrian, was released into a wildlife reserve in Jordan.

Dana and 12 other animals, including four other lions and two tigers, had barely survived under harsh conditions in the Syrian city of Aleppo, once a major battleground.

They were transported from Syria to Turkey and then to Jordan by the animal charity Four Paws, stuck in cages most of the time. They arrived in Jordan on Friday.

Martin Bauer of Four Paws said Sunday that the cub might not have survived had it been born in a cage. He says the cub seems fine and is nursing.

He says Dana carries a second baby due any time.

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Lavender Hill bus crash: Two women rescued

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A double-decker bus crashed into a shop in south London leaving two women trapped on the top deck.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said crews used an aerial ladder to bring the two passengers to safety.

One eyewitness said he felt the bus drifting before it crashed into the front of the Poggen Pohl Kitchen Design Centre in Lavender Hill, causing the shop front to collapse.

The driver of the bus has been taken to hospital.

Nine people have been treated by paramedics for minor injuries.

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Emergency services were called at 06:55 BST

Andrew Matthews, 34, from Wandsworth, was one of about a dozen passengers on the bus.

“I was on the top floor at the back, fortunately,” he said.

“I noticed the bus drifting. I heard a smash and saw the roof of the shop going through [the bus] from the front left. It went to the fourth or fifth row.

“I wedged myself in, bracing myself. As soon as the bus came to a stop there was yelling, screaming.

“I noticed a lady wedged in the front right-hand side. She was screaming for help. There was a lot of blood.”

Another passenger, nurse Amy Mullineux, 40, from Wandsworth, said the driver told her he had lost consciousness before the crash.

“I spoke to him. He said he blacked out before the bus hit the shop. He doesn’t remember hitting anything.

“The paramedic told me they think he had some kind of fit.”

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The driver of the bus has been taken to hospital

A witness said smoke could be seen coming from underneath the bus.

Solange Morin, 33, who lives nearby, said: “I saw this woman shouting and banging on the glass. Everybody shouted ‘fire, fire’.

“I went on to the bus. I talked to her and was holding her hands.

“She was pinned. I wouldn’t have been able to get her out.

“She was so scared because people were shouting fire. There was a lot of smoke.”

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Two women were trapped on the top deck of the number 77 bus

Another local resident, Brendan Pfahlert, said the crash “sounded like a large amount of glass being dropped”.

In a statement, the London Ambulance Service said it had sent five ambulance crews, two paramedics and an incident response officer to the scene at about 06:55 BST. An air ambulance was also sent.

A Transport for London (TfL) spokeswoman confirmed the crash involved a route 77 double-decker bus and an investigation is under way.

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Navy jet crashes off Key West; pilot rescued

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The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a Navy pilot from water outside Key West Wednesday afternoon after his jet crashed, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The Coast Guard was notified just after 1 p.m. that a Navy F-5N jet pilot was in the water, around 20 nautical miles southeast of Key West, and needed help.

Watchstanders with the 7th District Command Center diverted an Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to find the pilot, a news release from the Coast Guard said.

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The pilot had shot off an emergency smoke signal and was spotted around 1:15 p.m. Soon afterwards, crews carefully lifted him from the water. He was brought to Lower Keys Medical Center in good condition, according to the statement.

The jet’s crash-landing now marks 13 non-combat crashes of U.S. military aircraft in 2017 – up more than 50 percent during the last year, Fox News has learned.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.

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Virginia man tied up, left in burning apartment is rescued by neighbor

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A Virginia man who was robbed, beaten, tied up and left to die in his burning apartment was rescued by his neighbor early Tuesday.

Clarence “Skip” Kakert, 70, said a person attacked him, tied his hands and feet and then pillaged through his apartment in Roanoke before setting it on fire, according to WSLS 10.

Omar Romance-Lomax Martin, 20, has been named as the suspect, police said. Martin is being sought for arson and malicious wounding charges.

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Kakert reportedly knew Martin, and Martin was asking Kakert for money before the incident occurred, police said. Chad Corby, a neighbor, said he called authorities when he saw Kakert yelling for help.

“He was on his front porch, screaming for help,” Corby told WSLS10. “He was tied and bound, covered in blood. He told me somebody came in, asked to borrow some money. He told them he couldn’t do it. They didn’t like that answer, proceeded to beat the crap out of him, bound him, threw him in his tub, and caught his house on fire.”  

Corby ran to Kakert and cut him loose.

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“Standing, bound, had a belt tied around his ankles,” Corby said. He had an oxygen cord and a phone cord tied around his wrists.”

Corby said he is not sure if Kakert would have survived if somebody did not help.

“The fire was scary enough, but to see him covered in blood and the thought that someone would try to rob and kill him was unreal,” he said. 

Police said Kakert suffered from non-life-threatening injuries.

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Man in toy dinghy rescued a mile off Redcar coast

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The man was spotted near the Teesside Wind Farm

A man who drifted a mile out to sea in a toy dinghy he barely fitted into has been rescued.

The alarm was raised at 19:30 BST on Monday after he was spotted near a wind farm off the coast of Redcar.

The Redcar RNLI lifeboat was launched and found the man attempting to paddle against the wind and tide but drifting further off shore.

Dave Cocks, from Redcar RNLI, said the man was dressed only in a hoodie and shorts

“This is a good example of the types of incident we repeatedly warn people about,” Mr Cocks said.

“If the alarm hadn’t been raised there was every likelihood he’d have drifted out of sight of land and we could well have been bringing a dead body back.”

The man was given sea safety advice after being taken back to dry land.

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