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Rescuers hunt for climbers

RESCUE helicopters flew over the high slopes of a Nepal peak again today to search for climbers lost in an avalanche that killed at least nine mountaineers and injured others.

The avalanche a day earlier hit a camp with more than two dozen climbers high up the slopes of Mount Manaslu.

Police official Basanta Bahadur Kuwar said three rescue helicopters resumed the search this morning.

The bodies of a Nepalese guide and a German man were recovered yesterday and rescue pilots had reported spotting seven other bodies on the slopes.



Vet put down cat in blunder

A US woman said her cat went to the vet for a flea bath but was put to sleep.

Colleen Conlon of Gardner, Massachussetts, is grieving the loss of Lady (8), which she attributes to negligence by the vet.

Her son took Lady to an animal hospital last week and unknowingly authorised the cat to be put to sleep after he said he was handed the wrong forms.



Our new ¤3m lifeboat named

BALTIMORE RNLI has celebrated the naming of their €3m new Tamar class lifeboat with a gala ceremony in the west Cork fishing village.

The boat was funded through the legacy of Dorothy May Massey (97) who wanted to fund an RNLI boat to be named in honour of her brother, Alan, a former merchant seaman.

The new lifeboat -- which arrived in Baltimore last March -- was formally dedicated on Saturday by Sue Windsor, a long-time friend of the Massey family.

Baltimore RNLI coxswain Kieran Cotter said the local station was delighted with the new boat -- and deeply grateful to all those who had helped fund it.



Apple voted coolest brand

APPLE has knocked Aston Martin from its title as the UK's coolest brand.

Just under 3,000 consumers and a panel of 39 'key influencers', including chart acts Rizzle Kicks and Plan B, ranked a shortlist of 1,200 for the CoolBrands list. The BBC iPlayer, the Glastonbury Festival, Virgin Atlantic, and Bang & Olufsen all made the top 10.


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