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News report

If you think you're having a bad day...

Fire Authorities in California found a corpse in a burnt out section of forest
whilst assessing the damage done by a forest fire. The deceased male was dressed
in a full wetsuit, complete with a dive tank, flippers and face mask.  A post-
mortem examination revealed that the person died not from burns but from massive
internal injuries. Dental records provided a positive identification.

Investigators then set about determining how a fully clad diver ended up in the
middle of a forest fire.

It was revealed that, on the day of the fire, the person went for a diving trip
off the coast--some 20 MILES away from the forest.  The firefighters, seeking to
control the fire as quickly as possible, called in a fleet of helicopters with
very large buckets.  The buckets were dropped into the ocean for rapid filling,
then flown to the forest fire and emptied.

You guessed it!  One minute our diver was making like Flipper in the Pacific,
the next he was doing a breaststroke in a fire bucket 300m in the air.
Apparently, he extinguished exactly 1.78m (5'10") of the fire.

Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed!!


Kelly Starks                       Internet: kgstar@most.fw.hac.com
Sr. Systems Engineer
Magnavox Electronic Systems Company
(Magnavox URL: http://www.fw.hac.com/external.html)