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Whale Gives Rescuers the Slip

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Rescuers, forced by nightfall to quit efforts to cut lines entangling a whale spotted near Laguna Beach on Tuesday, were unsuccessful in locating the 40-foot gray again by Thursday. The animal was last seen heading west into deeper...

‘Instinct’ Saves a Life

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   As is his habit, Laguna Beach resident and surfer Ian McErlane, 37, was out walking his two dogs in Heisler Park recently when red-flag surf conditions transformed the routine into life-saving heroism.   McErlane’s attention...

Unclear End to ‘Epic’ Rescue

UPDATE   By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Rescuers accomplished something of a marine miracle offshore Laguna Beach last weekend, but apparently their efforts ultimately were not enough.   Members of the town’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center and a special...

Searching for a Lifeline

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent Perhaps the previous seven days were the most important in the life of Lesley  Domiano. The 66 year-old Laguna Beach resident organized three separate events in town last week to lure a potential bone marrow donor for a transplant she...