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Miracle – Surfers found clinging to surfboard after 36 hours



In a remarkable turn of events, the four Australian surfers who went missing after their boat failed to return to an Indonesian island have been located alive off the coast of an exclusive resort on private Pinang Island in Aceh.

The group, identified as Elliot Foote, Steph Weisse, Will Teagle, and Jordan Short, were discovered clinging to their surfboards, having spent 36 hours in treacherous waters.

The group of friends was part of a larger party of 12 Australians who embarked on a journey from Nias Island, located off the western coast of Sumatra, towards Aceh’s Banyak Islands.

The voyage took a dangerous turn as they encountered unfavorable weather conditions during the trip. While the second boat managed to reach shore safely, the four Australians along with crew members were reported missing, sparking a widespread search and rescue operation.

The ordeal came to an end when the missing surfers were spotted floating on their surfboards by Grant Richardson, an Australian man sailing his yacht named Sea Mi Amor. He spent the night tirelessly searching for the group and managed to locate them after nearly two days at sea. The families of the surfers expressed immense relief upon receiving the news of their survival.

Peter Foote, father of Elliot Foote, shared his emotions with the media, stating that the friends were “well” and their families were “stoked.” Elliot Foote himself sent a text message to his father confirming his rescue, saying, “I am alive, safe now, love you. Chat later.”

Nightmare mission

The rescue mission unfolded as a dramatic saga, with Steph Weisse being the first to be found, followed shortly by Jordan Short and Will Teagle. Elliot Foote was located later, potentially after attempting to paddle to a nearby island in search of help.

The bond between the group of friends was evident throughout the ordeal, as they supported one another during their time at sea. While the incident was characterized by some as “freak luck,” the families were relieved that the situation ended on a positive note.

As the news spread, well-wishes and relief poured in for the missing surfers, and Mr. Foote even expressed his desire for his son to continue enjoying his holiday if the surf conditions remained favorable.

Despite the challenges posed by poor weather and the absence of GPS on their vessel, the search and rescue operation continued until its successful conclusion. While the rescued surfers are in good spirits, there is still one Indonesian crew member unaccounted for.

The incident shed light on the risks associated with the journey from Nias to Pinang, emphasizing the importance of safety precautions in such conditions. The Banyak Islands are renowned among surfers for their impressive waves, and the Pinang Resort, where the group was headed, markets itself as an exclusive surf camp.

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COP28: Global effort to phase out fossil fuels



World leaders at COP28 have intensified their commitment to combat climate change by embarking on a bold initiative to phase out fossil fuels.

The United Nations climate talks, held in a virtual format due to ongoing pandemic concerns, saw representatives from nearly 200 countries coming together to address the urgent need for action on the climate crisis.

The decision to focus on ending fossil fuel use marks a significant departure from previous climate negotiations.

Countries have traditionally grappled with setting emissions reduction targets, but this year’s conference places a strong emphasis on the need to transition away from the reliance on coal, oil, and natural gas. Experts argue that this shift is critical to limiting global temperature rise and avoiding the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

Key highlights of the COP28 agreement include setting ambitious deadlines for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, promoting renewable energy sources, and encouraging the development of green technologies.

The conference also established a fund to support developing nations in their transition away from fossil fuels, recognizing that these countries often face the greatest challenges in achieving sustainability.

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Russian police raid Moscow gay clubs



Russian authorities conducted raids on several gay clubs in Moscow, according to reports from various media outlets.

The raids have sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ+ community and have raised concerns about the ongoing crackdown on LGBTQ+ rights in Russia.

Eyewitnesses and clubgoers describe a heavy police presence during the raids, with officers reportedly detaining patrons and staff members.

The reasons behind these raids remain unclear, but they have ignited a fierce debate on social media and within human rights organizations.

International LGBTQ+ rights advocates are calling on the Russian government to address these actions and protect the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ individuals in the country.

The raids have also drawn attention to Russia’s controversial “gay propaganda” law, which has been criticized for its potential to fuel discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ people.

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UK delays Jeff Zucker’s Telegraph deal for inquiry



The UK government has decided to put a hold on the proposed acquisition of The Telegraph newspaper by media mogul Jeff Zucker’s conglomerate.

According to a recent report, this decision has been made in order to conduct further investigations into potential regulatory concerns surrounding the deal.

The move comes amidst growing concerns over media consolidation and its impact on media diversity and competition.

The government aims to ensure that the acquisition would not result in a concentration of media power that could potentially stifle independent journalism and diverse voices in the industry.

This decision has sparked debates about the balance between media ownership and the preservation of media plurality in the UK. Supporters of the deal argue that it could lead to much-needed investments in The Telegraph, while critics worry about the potential for Zucker’s conglomerate to wield too much influence over the media landscape.

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