Links for the Times: Amputee returns to water skiing, Bird rescue experts kept on sideline
A year and four months ago, Mike Atherton was bound to a hospital bed, unaware what had happened to him.
A family boating trip to Beer Can Island turned tragic after the boat exploded May 9, 2009, claiming his legs and his left arm and injuring several other relatives including his wife, mother-in-law and father-in-law.
After months at Tampa General Hospital, Atherton, 33, a lifelong competitive skier, lineman and father of two, wasn't sure what his future would look like.
Someone hung a poster in his room:
A picture of a man, a double amputee, water skiing.
For more information about the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team, go to tampawaters
The Deepwater Horizon disaster may have killed thousands of birds in the Gulf of Mexico and no one knows about it, say experienced wildlife rescuers. The reason: The experts were not allowed to go look for live oiled birds in the areas where they were most likely to be found.Read the full story on the bird rescue experts and watch related video reports:
See BP's TV ad touting its wildlife rescue and rehabilitation operation.
Watch video of Fish and Wildlife Service employees capturing oiled birds.