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    Les Skinner

    It was late at night on April 14, 1912 when the Titanic, a luxury oceanliner sailing from Southampton, England, to Cherbourg, France, to Queenstown, Ireland, to New York, US, grazed an iceberg 375 mi. southeast of Newfoundland, Canada, and sank in 12,460 ft of water. Of the 1,490 people that went into the water (1,516 people according to a US Senate investigation) all were casualties, the victims of hypothermia and/or drowning caused by hypothermia. During World War II, the British Royal Navy lost 45,000 sailors in the Atlantic Ocean. Of that number, the Admiralty estimates that 30,000 died from hypothermia and/or drowning caused by hypothermia. On February 15, 1982 at about 1:30 a.m., again off the coast of Newfoundland, the Ocean Ranger capsized due to a loss of ballast control during a vicious storm with +50-ft seas and peak winds of over 100 knots.

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