A fishing boat exploding off the coast of Oregon—but two kitties (and their owners) managed to survive the blast:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When the engine of their tuna boat exploded last week, owners Mark and Cynthia Schneider had no choice but to jump into the ocean and leave behind their two cats on the doomed vessel.
After being rescued by a nearby boat, they were stunned when they looked out at their sinking boat and saw one of the cats — a tabby named Jasper — on the bow. The other cat, a calico named Topaz, was in the ocean and eventually swam through the debris to safety on the rescue boat.
Jasper remained stranded at sea on the bow. As the boat sank deeper into the ocean, he was forced to jump in and swim toward his owners about 100 yards away. The cat made it to safety unharmed.
The story notes that the couple lost $40,000 worth of tuna when the boat sank, fish that was "destined for New Seasons Market." So, sorry if there's a tuna shortage at New Seasons—BUT AT LEAST JASPER AND TOPAZ ARE OKAY!