From the unconventional and awe-inspiring to the hilarious and heartwarming, here’s a look at some of the most interesting photos, videos and stories that have our newsroom talking today. What’s capturing your attention, filling your inbox and cluttering your Facebook/Twitter feed? Tweet us the stories you’re talking about using #InstantIndex or email us at ABC.WorldNews@abc.com and they could appear on World News.
Raging Rapids Rescue
Rule No. 1 of rafting: Hold on for dear life. After taking a 14-foot plunge over Husum Falls in Washington’s White Salmon River, two men were sent overboard. With one man clinging to the side of the raft and the other knocked unconscious by the raging rapids, the whitewater rafting trip quickly became a rescue attempt by off-duty river guide Russ Cole. Cole managed to pull the man to shore. The man was rattled but there were no signs of physical injury. He described that perilous plunge as “fun” and vowed to go back to ride those rapids again.
Spotted: Six Great Whites Off the Coast of Cape Cod
In addition to the two great white sharks spotted Sunday and Monday in the waters off Chatham, here’s six more. A pack of six sharks have been spotted prowling the waters off Cape Cod. Caught on camera by helicopters circling overhead, the great whites were hundreds of yards away from swimmers. Beaches put up “shark advisories” and offered tips on how best to avoid a shark encounter.
Granny With Sick Drum Skills
Employees of a Wisconsin drum shop could not confirm whether this woman was indeed a grandma, but one thing was for sure: She could play the drums. Workers had no idea where she came from or what her name was, but the search was on.
Watch her rock out here.
No Royal Version of Paternity Leave for Prince William
Prince William will get two weeks off from his royal duties when the new heir to the British monarchy is born. Though Prince William is the first senior royal to ever receive statutory paternity leave, when it comes to spending time with his newborn prince or princess, he won’t be getting the royal treatment. Introduced in Britain in 2003, the law allows fathers to newborns two weeks’ paid paternity leave from the military.
Read more on the changing royal traditions here.