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“The goggle really just came out of his need to see while skiing deep powder,” his son Drew Smith told the Idaho Mountain Express. “Everyone else just got to benefit from it.”

He patented his invention, which is now considered the industry standard.

Smith founded Smith Sport Optics in 1965 and established its headquarters in Ketchum, Idaho, in the early 1970s. Before he struck a deal to manufacture Smith goggles, however, he often would trade his goggles for lift tickets.

He sold the company in 1991.

BRAZIL

Staff evacuated after Transocean rig tilts

SAO PAULO — Employees were briefly evacuated from a rig of drilling contractor Transocean in Guanabara Bay near Rio after the platform began tilting and taking water, the company said Sunday.

The official Agencia Brasil said nearly 100 staff of Transocean, the world’s largest offshore drilling company, were taken off the platform following the overnight incident.

But in a statement released from Houston, Transocean said: “The water taken on by the GSF Arctic 1 (rig) has been stopped and is being pumped out. The rig is safe and stable, as are all its personnel.

“Some personnel who had been evacuated as a safety precaution have returned to the rig, as the situation is safe.”

Transocean said the platform was in Guanabara Bay for scheduled maintenance work and added that an investigation into the cause of the incident was under way.

Most of Transocean operations in Brazil are linked with those of U.S. oil giant Chevron.

Brazilian prosecutors have demanded that Chevron and Transocean pay $10.9 billion dollars for a spill off southeastern Brazil in March.

SOUTH SUDAN

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