Entries in Vacation (6)


Man on Florida Vacation Makes Two Rescues in Two Days

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Gus Hertz’s Florida vacation started off simple enough, but within two days, he had made two water rescues and earned the title of hero.

Hertz, of Roanoake, Va., was in a St. Petersburg vacation condo with his wife, Stephanie, last Wednesday morning when she looked out of the window and saw that a driver had gone off the road and under a bridge.

“She yells, ‘There’s a car in the water,’ so I ran out the door, she called 911,” Hertz said in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America that aired Tuesday morning.

The driver, who had suffered a diabetic episode, was unconscious but breathing.

Hertz and Kevin Daly, a local fisherman, pulled the man out.

“Another three or four minutes and he would have floated out there and he would have drowned,” Daly said.

The next morning, as Hertz was trying to restart his vacation by going fishing, he saw a small, ultra-light plane crash in the water not far from him.

“It started to descend and about 500 yards away I saw a huge splash, and it flipped over, and I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, here I go again,’” he said, laughing.

He leaped into action again, and dragged the pilot, Rodney Tyoe, 74, and his female passenger, onto his boat.

The woman “couldn’t feel any of her limbs, so I helped them in the boat, and took them back to the marina,” Hertz said.

Family members were grateful to Hertz.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you,” Juanita Baker, Tyoe’s daughter, said. “Bless his heart. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time.”

And James D. Large, chief of the St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue Department, also had words of appreciation for Hertz.

“When you have citizens that are willing to step up while they’re waiting for us to get there and risk whatever it takes and make a difference, it does help us tremendously,” he said.

But Hertz refused to be called a hero.

“I did what anybody else would do, there was nothing spectacular about it, except it happened twice in a row,” he said.

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Obama (Finally) Starts His Vacation

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(HONOLULU, Hawaii) -- After a lightning-fast 8-hour, 55-minute non-stop from Washington, D.C., to Honolulu on Air Force One, President Obama landed in paradise and wasted no time starting his vacation.

His vacation was delayed for six days while he wrestled with Congress over the extension of the payroll tax cut.

The delay must have made the vacationer-in-chief hungry because he spent less than half an hour at his fancy rental home on Kailua Beach, before rounding up family and friends and making a beeline for Morimoto’s Japanese fusion restaurant on Waikiki Beach. Morimoto is run by author and TV-celeb Chef Masaharu Morimoto, of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America fame.

What’s next for Obama? Officially, he’ll get his regular morning briefings, but the White House is mum on the rest of the schedule.

The usual can be expected: beach time, golf, outings for shaved ice and quality time with the first lady and his daughters.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Ranked as Top US Beach

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEWTON, Mass.) -- If you’re planning a beach vacation this summer, would like you to know the number-one sand and surf location in the U.S. is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The location was named the top beach in America and the seventh best world beach destination based on ratings by travelers in TripAdvisor reviews.  The beach at Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos was ranked the top world beach destination.

According to a recent TripAdvisor survey of some 2,100 U.S. adults, 68 percent are planning a beach vacation in 2011, with 54 percent planning a trip to a U.S. beach destination.

Here are TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Beaches Award-winning U.S. Beach Destinations:

1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2. Cape May, New Jersey
3. Panama City Beach, Florida
4. Miami Beach, Florida
5. Sanibel Island, Florida
6. Clearwater, Florida
7. Honolulu, Hawaii
8. Captiva Island, Florida
9. Poipu, Hawaii
10. Siesta Key, Florida

Here are TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Beaches Award-winning World Beach Destinations:

1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
2. Boracay, Philippines
3. Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba
4. Negril, Jamaica
5. Tulum, Mexico
6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
7. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
8. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
9. Cape May, New Jersey
10. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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Former Gov. Mark Sanford Spotted with Argentinean Lover

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mark Sanford may have retired from public office, but he hasn’t quite yet retired from the public eye.

The former South Carolina governor, whose tearful admission of an affair became one of the top stories of summer 2009, was spotted last weekend vacationing with his Argentinean mistress.

Pictures obtained by the New York Post show the two cozying up in a romantic getaway in Uruguay. This is the first time Sanford has been photographed with Maria Belen Chapur.

Sanford admitted to the affair in June 2009 after he disappeared for nearly a week without informing anyone of his whereabouts. His staffers explained his absence to the media by saying he was hiking in the Appalachian Trail, but the embattled governor was actually in Buenos Aires visiting his mistress.

Sanford later admitted his indiscretions in a tearful press conference.

Explicit e-mails released just hours after that announcement painted a picture of a torrid cross-border love affair, as Sanford agonized over their "hopelessly impossible situation of love."

Though he didn’t resign as governor and wasn’t impeached, the affair essentially cost Sanford, once considered a rising star in the Republican Party, his career.

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President Obama, First Lady Greet Troops on Christmas

Photo Courtesy - SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii) -- The Obamas spent part of their Christmas Day at their beachfront rental home in Kailua, Hawaii, enjoying “their traditional Christmas Day activities and taking in a little NBA basketball,” said Bill Burton, a deputy White House press secretary.

The president and first lady in the afternoon visited the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii to visit with troops, in what has turned into an annual tradition for the couple, this being their third visit on Christmas Day in as many years. A few hundred Marines and their families were having a traditional Christmas dinner in the hall, when the first couple walked in. Mr. and Mrs. Obama posed for group pictures and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

President Obama asked a young girl if she got everything she wanted for Christmas. The girl said that she did and showed the president a new bracelet on her wrist. The president then pointed to his wife’s wrist, indicating that she, too, had a new bracelet on.

The first couple then returned to their rental home where they enjoyed their own Christmas dinner – with steak, roasted potatoes, green beans, and pie on the menu.

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High Speed Chase in Hawaii Comes Close to Obama's Beachfront Vacation Home

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(HONOLULU) -- While President Obama enjoyed a round of golf Thursday afternoon in Hawaii, miles away a high-speed chase for a person with outstanding traffic warrants came close to his Kailua beachfront vacation rental home.

Honolulu police were in the process of executing an arrest when the high-speed pursuit began late Thursday afternoon.  The chase came within proximity of "one of the outer perimeter checkpoints" set up by the U.S. Secret Service outside the Obamas' rental home.

U.S. Secret Service spokesperson Edwin Donovan stressed that this incident was unrelated to the president's visit, and the USSS did not get involved or play any role in the pursuit.

The suspect was arrested a short time later, Donovan said, and an investigation by the Honolulu Police Department continues.

The president was miles away from the home on the Klipper Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii when this occurred.

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