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Thai bay made famous in 'The Beach' to be shut until 2021

Bangkok - The closure of the glittering Thai bay made famous by the movie "The Beach" has been extended for another two years to allow a full recovery of its corals and wildlife, an official said Thursday, drawing a sharp rebuke from the tourism industry.

Father and son drown saving tourist at popular Australia spot

Melbourne - A father and son lifesaving team drowned while trying to save a tourist swept out to sea near one of Australia's most famous sights off the south coast, officials said Monday.

Garfield beach phone mystery solved after 30 years

Plouvorn - For more than 30 years bright orange "Garfield" phones have been washing up on the French coast to the bemusement of local beach cleaners, who have finally cracked the mystery behind them.

Garfield beach phone mystery solved after 30 years

Plouvorn - For more than 30 years bright orange "Garfield" phones have been washing up on the French coast to the bemusement of local beach cleaners, who have finally cracked the mystery behind them.

Heather Martin opens up about 'The Bachelor' and the beach Special

Reality personality Heather Martin chatted with Digital Journal about her experiences on the hit reality show "The Bachelor" on ABC, where she was vying for the love and affection of Colton Underwood.

Race row after guards clear Cape Town beach

Cape Town - A fresh race row has erupted in South Africa after a private security company allegedly ordered black beachgoers to vacate a fashionable Cape Town over the Christmas holiday.

Race row after guards clear Cape Town beach

Cape Town - Authorities in Cape Town have criticised a private security company that allegedly ordered black beachgoers to leave a fashionable South African beach over the Christmas holiday.

Thai bay made famous in 'The Beach' shut indefinitely

Bangkok - The glittering Thai bay immortalised in the movie "The Beach" will be closed indefinitely to allow it to recover from the impact of hordes of tourists, an official said Wednesday, as a temporary ban on visitors expired.

No sand, no problem: Beach football in landlocked Afghanistan

Kabul - At a makeshift beach in landlocked Afghanistan, children as young as eight, wearing baggy Real Madrid and Barcelona shirts with "Ronaldo" and "Messi" printed on the back, joyfully kick and chase the ball.

Night swim leaves Australian teen bloody and bewildered

Sydney - An Australian teenager emerged from a night-time dip in the ocean with blood streaming from his feet and ankles in a gruesome mystery that doctors have struggled to explain.

Five beachgoers die in Britain on hottest day of year

London - Five beachgoers died as Britain sweltered on the hottest day of the year Wednesday, officials said, bringing to 12 the number of people to have perished in the past week.

New Zealand's crowdfunded beach becomes public park

Wellington - A New Zealand man whose ambitious crowdfunding campaign raised millions of dollars to buy a pristine South Island beach and make it public parkland said Monday it was "surreal" to see his dream realised.

Anger as Saudi king takes over entire French beach

Vallauri - Beach lovers on the French Riviera expressed their anger Sunday over the imminent arrival of the Saudi royal family, who have ordered a long stretch of beach to be closed off to the public.

Bounce house flies in air and injures three children

Three children playing inside a bounce house were injured when a waterspout came onshore and lifted it in the air in Fort Lauderdale.

Criminal charges possible in California coast oil spill

Goleta - State and county officials in California say they're considering criminal charges stemming from Tuesday's 20,000-gallon oil spill from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach off the Santa Barbara coast.

Monster 23ft squid washed up on New Zealand beach

If you are thinking about getting some calamari, you're going to need a big freezer for this one. A gigantic 23ft (7m) squid has been found washed up on a beach near Kaikoura, on New Zealand's South Island.

Amazing photo of bobcat catching shark in Florida

An amazing image of a bobcat coming out the sea with a shark in its teeth has been captured on an iPhone. The picture has gone viral in a big way. Many have dismissed it as some sort of hoax, but animal experts say it may well be authentic.

Biggest ever great white shark sighting closes Newcastle beaches

Newcastle - Beaches around Newcastle in New South Wales were closed again with swimmers urged not to enter the water after yet another sighting of a large great white shark.

Deadly Brown snake takes to surf at Forster beach

Forster - Visitors to a beach near Forster on New South Wales’ mid-north coast expected a shark sighting when the lifeguard whistled, yet the call concerned a venomous brown snake.

Mark Burik talks beach volleyball, Saint Francis Prep and future Special

Professional beach volleyball player Mark Burik chatted about his career in the sport, his future plans, as well as his high school, Saint Francis Prep.

Vessel buried under New Jersey beach could be historical find

Brick - Debris from a shipwreck have been unearthed at a beach in Brick, New Jersey, and town officials and historians are eager to excavate the remnants of the vessel.

Italian lovemakers get stuck together in the surf

Porto San Giorgio - Most people know that dogs tend to get stuck together when doing what comes naturally, but it seems even humans can experience this rather uncomfortable phenomenon. An Italian couple actually had to be hospitalized to get them apart.

Danish tourist gets hit with €600 fine for dousing ciggy on beach

Alghero - Smokers beware when visiting beautiful Sardinia in Italy. A Danish tourist at the beach recently stubbed out her cigarette in the sand and got hit with a €600 fine for her bad habit.

One dead, one in critical condition after lighting hits LA beach

Los Angeles - One person is dead and one is listed in critical condition after lightning struck a crowded Los Angeles beach, electrocuting 13 beachgoers.

California beachgoer suffocates when sand hole collapses

Half Moon Bay - A young California man died Monday when a deep hole he was digging at a popular Half Moon Bay beach collapsed, trapping him below ground for a half-hour.

Man buried alive while digging sand tunnels on beach

David Frasier, 49, was in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he was vacationing, when he was buried alive and killed by the sand.

Landing plane barely misses sunbather on beach

A small plane narrowly missed wiping out a sunbather on a beach on Dune Island in the Heligoland archipelago off the coast of Germany. The pilot said "It wasn't one of my greatest achievements in the cockpit," as he misjudged his landing over the beach.

Video: Adorable two-legged dog's first trip to the beach

What could be cuter than a four-legged puppy playing at the beach for the first time? Perhaps, only a two-legged puppy romping up and down the beach in jubilance could compare. In less than three minutes, this video can change your whole outlook on life.

Op-Ed: Four U.S. cities to flaunt your bod this summer

Every year, the U.S. swimwear industry sees a revenue of more than $3 billion, a huge portion of which comes from the herds of fitness junkies who work hard to keep their bods in check.

Photo Essay: Spring has sprung in Savannah and on Tybee Island Special

Savannah - The arrival of Spring has brought forth Mother Nature's color palette and visitors to Georgia's coastal empire. Flowers are blooming, swimmers and sunbathers are at the beach, and all are enjoying the sunshine.
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