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Webcam technology saves lost tourist, and more

A tourist who became lost on the frozen North Sea was saved when he was spotted on a computer screen hundreds of miles away.

Webcam technology saves lost tourist
A tourist who became lost on the frozen North Sea was saved when he was spotted on a computer screen hundreds of miles away. The tourist, who was not identified, had climbed on the ice off the coast of St. Peter-Ording in northern Germany to admire the sunset. He soon became disoriented, so he began flashing his camera for help. A woman in southern Germany who was admiring the sunset on her computer, via a beach webcam, saw the flashes and alerted police, who rescued the man. “He could well have died from cold or drowned when the tide came in,” said police spokesman Kristin Stielow.

Bald eagle receives prosthetic beak
A bald eagle that lost a big chunk of its beak has received a transplant, thanks to a dentist in Alaska. Experts at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage, which found the eagle in December, thinks the injury occurred when a fishing line got wrapped around its beak. The group approached local dentist Kirk Johnson, who filled in the missing portion with the material normally used to make temporary crowns for teeth. He fastened the prosthetic beak with poster putty. “The Alaska spirit,” Johnson said. “It’s kind of like duct tape: If you have a problem, there’s always a solution.”

Teenager catches 2-year-old's fall from window
Cary Clevenger, 14, was playing with his friend Gavin Starns outside Gavin’s house in Austin when he happened to look up. Perched on the ledge of a second-story window was Gavin’s 2-year-old brother, Cannon. At that moment, Cannon pushed through the screen and tumbled forward. He bounced off an exterior lamp—and into Cary’s arms. The two hit the ground but were both unhurt. “I just held out my hands and caught him,” said Cary. “I guess God just had me at the right place at the right time.”

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