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Owners of Mosul ferry arrested after deadly disaster

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The tragedy comes after authorities had warned that water levels were dangerously high and sparked anger among Iraqis who blamed official corruption and neglect

Iraq parliament sacks governor over deadly ferry capsize

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Niveneh provincial governor Nawfel Akoub's 'negligence and concrete failings' merit his dismissal, Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi says

Families bury victims as Tanzania ferry disaster toll passes 224

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered the the arrest of the ferry's management and declared 4 days of national mourning

Tanzania ferry disaster toll passes 200

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered the arrest of the management of the ferry MV Nyerere

FERRY DISASTER. Investigators on boat work on the capsized ferry MV Nyerere which killed 131 people in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, on September 21, 2018. Photo by AFP

Desperate search for missing after deadly Lake Victoria disaster

Sep 21, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) The MV Nyerere may have been carrying as many as 200 passengers -- double the ferry's capacity -- when it capsized close to the pier on Ukara Island

Police detain captain, crew in deadly Indonesia ferry disaster

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) Official estimates list 193 people missing as of Thursday morning, June 21, raising fears that the incident could become one of Indonesia's deadliest ferry disasters

STILL MISSING. Rescue team members prepare to search for missing passengers at the Lake Toba ferry port in the province of North Sumatra on June 20, 2018, after a boat capsized on June 18. Photo by Ivan Damanik/AFP

Last message to South Korea ferry victim: 'Have you been rescued?'

May 26, 2017 - 4:43 PM

The last message on the phone asked whether the person had been rescued urging them to use someone else s phone and contact me if theirs was not working

LIFTED. This handout photo provided and taken on March 25, 2017 by the South Korean Maritime Ministry shows workers removing wires tied the wreck of the Sewol ferry (L) from a barge after the ferry was placed onto a submersible vessel before it is towed to the nearest port, off the coast of the southern South Korean island of Jindo. Handout photo from the South Korean Maritime Ministry/AFP

Dead student from sunken South Korea ferry identified

May 25, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Cho Eun Hwa a 17 year old girl from Danwon High School is named by the maritime ministry in a statement

SEWOL REMAINS. This handout photo provided and taken on March 23, 2017 by Hankook Ilbo shows workers checking on the surface of the damaged Sewol ferry between two barges during a salvage operation to bring the sunken ship back to surface, at sea off the southwestern island of Jindo. Photo by Hankook Ilbo/AFP

Dead student's remains found on sunken South Korea ferry

May 19, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Bones retrieved Tuesday from the third floor of the salvaged ship matched X rays and dental records from Huh Da Yun the maritime ministry says in a press statement

SEWOL FERRY. This handout photo provided and taken on March 23, 2017 by Hankook Ilbo shows workers checking on the surface of the damaged Sewol ferry between two barges during a salvage operation to bring the sunken ship back to surface, at sea off the southwestern island of Jindo. File photo by Hankook Ilbo/ AFP

South Korea begins raising sunken ferry

Mar 22, 2017 - 9:57 PM

Two enormous barges are positioned on either side of the 6 825 ton ship and air bags are inserted for the salvage effort which is being led by a Chinese consortium

RAISING SEWOL. A Chinese salvage vessel (C) undertakes recovery operations on the wreck of the submerged Sewol ferry, off the island of Donggeochado on March 22, 2017. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Ferry tragedy probed as South Korea impeachment hearing opens

Dec 22, 2016 - 8:33 PM

President Park Geun Hye s response to the tragedy was one of the issues cited when parliament voted for her impeachment and she faces growing pressure to explain what she was doing on the day

TRIAL BEGINS. (Top L-R) South Korea's Constitutional Court judges Lee Jin-Sung, Lee Jung-Mi and Kang Il-Won attend a hearing into whether to confirm the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye, at the Constitutional Court in Seoul on December 22, 2016. Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP

South Korea sees long wait for Sewol ferry salvage

Oct 17, 2016 - 3:37 PM

With work suspended numerous times due to bad weather and other issues the timeline for raising the Sewol has been repeatedly put back

This handout photo taken on June 12, 2016 and released by South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries via Yonhap shows a large buoy being lifted by a giant floating crane during a salvage project to bring the sunken Sewol ferry back to surface in the sea off Jindo. South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries/Yonhap/AFP

Two years after tragedy, cranes brace to raise Korea ferry

Apr 16, 2016 - 10:10 AM

The purpose of our salvage operation is to bring back the 9 missing bodies safely to the families says an official from South Korea s Maritime Ministry

SECOND ANNIVERSARY. South Korean visitors look out to sea as they stand between letters and yellow ribbons for Sewol ferry sinking victims left at Jindo-port, on Jindo Island, in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, April 15, 2016, a day ahead of the two-year anniversary of the Sewol ferry accident. File photo by Kim Chul-soo/EPA

Death toll from Indonesian ferry accident climbs to 20

Dec 24, 2015 - 2:15 PM

The boat was believed to be carrying 116 people when it ran into trouble

WAITING. A woman whose relatives were on board a missing ferry, cries next to a board featuring names of passengers at a center set up in Siwa, in South Sulawesi. Photo by AFP

Captain of sunken ferry rescued in Indonesia, 70 still missing

Dec 22, 2015 - 8:31 PM

The captain said he told passengers and crew to put on life jackets abandon ship and make for the life rafts which had been launched

WAITING. A woman whose relatives were on board a missing ferry, cries next to a board featuring names of passengers at a center set up in Siwa, in South Sulawesi. Photo by AFP

Families wait for news after Indonesia ferry disaster, vessel still missing

Dec 21, 2015 - 5:36 PM

Nearly 80 people remain missing after a vessel carrying 118 passengers ran into trouble in rough seas over the weekend as it crossed the southern gulf of Sulawesi island

WAITING. A woman whose relatives were on board a missing ferry, cries next to a board featuring names of passengers at a center set up in Siwa, in South Sulawesi. Photo by AFP

South Korea ferry captain murdered passengers – Supreme Court

Nov 12, 2015 - 3:37 PM

Ruling: Captain Lee made it impossible for passengers to leave the ship on their own by escaping from the ship first without issuing an evacuation order

In this file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers conduct a last-minute rescue operation around the sunken ferry Sewol at sea off Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 16 April 2014. Yonhap/EPA

‘Erratic maneuver’ one of causes of Ormoc boat tragedy

Sep 22, 2015 - 5:27 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard has submitted to the transportation department its report on the sinking of the boat in Ormoc that killed 62 of the passengers in July

RETRIEVAL OPS. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard retrieve more bodies off the port of Ormoc City on July 3, 2015, a day after a ferry capsized. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Murder charges filed vs Ormoc ferry owners

Jul 04, 2015 - 2:11 PM

2nd UPDATE They were not careful showing there was an intent to kill They were reckless on purpose regional police head Asher Dolina says

RETRIEVAL OPS. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard retrieve more bodies off the port of Ormoc City on July 3, 2015, a day after a ferry capsized. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Overloading to blame for Ormoc ferry disaster?

Jul 04, 2015 - 12:02 PM

UPDATED Survivors reported seeing up to 150 sacks of cement in the ship s cargo area before it capsized in relatively calm seas off the central port of Ormoc on July 2

Ferry disaster protestors, police clash in Seoul

Apr 18, 2015 - 8:31 PM

The protestors attempt to join a group of the victims families who had been staging a 2 day sit in nearby

PROTEST. South Korean protesters scuffle with police as they march towards the presidential residence during a rally for victims of the sunken Sewol ferry and against the South Korean government's policy, in Seoul, South Korea, 18 April 2015. The protesters gather to demand the vessel's recovery and resignation of South Korean president Park Geun-Hye. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

S. Korean ferry victim families scuffle with police

Apr 11, 2015 - 8:16 PM

Hundreds of protestors attempt to march to the Blue House as the president s official residence is known

PROTEST. In this file photo, people pass by demonstrators holding portraits of the 9 victims who went missing in the Sewol ferry disaster, during a protest to collect signatures in order to salvage the sunken ship, at Gwanghwamun square in Seoul, South Korea, 26 March 2015. Jeon Heon-kyun/EPA

Parents of S. Korean ferry victims complete marathon protest march

Apr 05, 2015 - 7:21 PM

Almost a year after relatives of the victims demand an independent investigation into what caused the fatal disaster

In this file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers conduct a last-minute rescue operation around the sunken ferry Sewol at sea off Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 16 April 2014. Yonhap/EPA

Parents of S. Korea ferry victims shave heads in protest

Apr 02, 2015 - 5:23 PM

Ten at a time the parents – wearing yellow slogan daubed barber s gowns – sit on plastic stools in the middle of the capital s main ceremonial thoroughfare to have their heads shaved

SHAVED HEADS. Family members of the victims of the April 2014 ferry disaster that claimed more than 300 lives have their heads shaved at Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul, South Korea, 02 April 2015, in a protest demanding the vessel's recovery and the truth behind the accident on 16 April 2014. Photo by Yonhap/EPA

Fire tragedy ferry arrives in port

Jan 02, 2015 - 10:40 PM

The Norman Atlantic arrives at the Italian port of Brindisiwhich It was disabled after catching fire en route between Greece and Italy

TRAGEDY. Handout photo taken on December 26, 2014 shows the Italian-flagged 'Norman Atlantic' in the Greek port of Patras. Agence France-Presse/Shipspotting/courtesy of ©Iason (N.Kountouris)


Ferry in Adriatic blaze towed back to Italy

Jan 02, 2015 - 7:51 AM

Once in Italy the ferry will be searched for corpses and for clues as to what caused the huge fire

Stowaways raise fears of more deaths in Adriatic ferry disaster

Dec 31, 2014 - 11:44 AM

Officials say there are likely more victims than previously thought after illegal migrants were found among the survivors

10 dead, dozens 'missing' after ferry fire disaster

Dec 30, 2014 - 8:39 AM

Dozens of passengers remain unaccounted for as officials confront the possibility of inaccurate passenger and crew lists

EVACUATION. A photo grab taken from a video made available by the Marina Militare Italiana on December 28, 2014, shows the evacuation of passengers from the burning ferry "Norman Atlantic" (L) adrift off Albania. AFP photo/HO/Marina Militare

Prosecutors seek death penalty for Korea ferry captain

Oct 27, 2014 - 4:07 PM

South Korean prosecutors also seek life sentences for three senior crew members as the trial of Captain Lee Joon Seok and 14 Sewol crew wound up in the southern city of Gwangju

LEE JOON-SEOK. The captain of the sunken ferry Sewol, Lee Joon-Seok (L) arrives before the second day of the trial at the Gwangju District Court in Gwanju, southwestern South Korea, 17 June 2014. Photo by Kim Hee-Chil / EPA

Jail term demanded for son of South Korean ferry owner

Oct 08, 2014 - 3:36 PM

Yoo Dae Kyun 44 is charged with siphoning off more than 7 million from Chonghaejin Marine Co the operator of the stricken ferry that sank in April and its 6 sister companies between 2002 and late last year

In this file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers conduct a last-minute rescue operation around the sunken ferry Sewol at sea off Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 16 April 2014. Yonhap/EPA

Funeral of disaster-hit ferry owner starts in S. Korea

Aug 30, 2014 - 1:42 PM

Yoo Byung Eun the head of the family which owned the Sewol ferry that sank in April will be buried on Sunday He was the subject of a national manhunt but his badly decomposed body was discovered in June

Forensic exam of Korea ferry owner's body inconclusive

Jul 25, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Reports say the body of Yoo Byung Eun had been found June 12 in a fruit orchard in an extremely advanced state of decomposition

MOURNING. An unidentified relative of missing passengers on the sunken Sewol ferry grieves at Jindo-port on Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 23 July 2014. Kim Chul-Soo/EPA

3 months later, body recovered from Korea ferry

Jul 18, 2014 - 10:18 AM

Rescue authorities find the body of a female inside a dining hall of the upturned ferry

ONE MORE FOUND. The second-year students of Danwon High School enter the school in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea, 25 June 25, 2014, for their first class since the Sewol ferry disaster. Kim Chul-Soo/EPA

South Korea's Park keeps PM who resigned over ferry disaster

Jun 26, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Finding a successor for the Prime Minister was a task that turned into an embarrassing debacle for the president

LOW RATINGS. In this photo, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye delivers a speech during a ceremony marking Korean Memorial Day at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea 06 June 2014. Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/EPA

Fugitive's wife arrested over South Korean ferry disaster

Jun 21, 2014 - 2:02 PM

But her husband Yoo Byun Eun the owner of the ill fated ferry that sunk in April was not found at the site where she was arrested

School principal suspended over Korea ferry disaster

Jun 20, 2014 - 10:27 AM

Choo Kyo Young was removed from his post in connection with the ferry disaster a senior official says

HELPING IN SEARCH. Civilian divers jump into the sea to search for missing passengers in the sinking of the ferry Sewol. Photo by EPA/Yonhap News Agency

S.Korea president revamps cabinet after ferry tragedy

Jun 13, 2014 - 12:15 PM

This is Park s first major cabinet shake up since taking office in February 2013

CABINET REVAMP. In this file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye talks to journalists during a press conference at the State Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, 12 October 2013. EPA/Bagus Indahono

Rappler Newscast | June 10, 2014

Jun 10, 2014 - 7:49 PM

Jinggoy to deliver privilege speech PH and China are defense partners Murder trial opens for South Korea ferry captain and crew

Political novice named South Korea's prime minister

Jun 10, 2014 - 5:27 PM

Park s nomination of former journalist Moon Chang Keuk is a surprise Although a noted opinion maker he has no political or administrative experience

SYMBOLIC POST. University professor and former journalist Moon Chang-keuk surrounded by reporters June 10, a day after he was nominated by South Korean President Park Geun-hye as prime minister. Photo by EPA

Murder trial opens for S. Korea ferry captain and crew

Jun 10, 2014 - 3:32 PM

The trial begins in Gwangju in a packed courtroom which included grieving relatives of some of the 292 confirmed victims of the April 16 tragedy

SEWOL TRIAL. The first trial of the sunken ferry Sewol's captain Lee Joon-seok and 14 sailors is underway at the Gwangju District Court in Gwanju, southwestern South Korea, June 10, 2014. Yonhap/EPA

Victim of S. Korea ferry disaster found miles away

Jun 05, 2014 - 7:05 PM

The discovery fuels fears that some of the deceased may never be found Fifteen passengers remain unaccounted for

OBSERVATION. Families of the capsized Sewol ferry's missing passengers visit the site of the accident aboard South Korea Coast Guard ships off South Korea's southwestern coast on 24 April 2014, to observe the search and rescue operation. Yonhap/EPA

South Korea ferry owner seeks asylum

Jun 03, 2014 - 4:03 PM

Yoo Byung Eun does not have a direct stake in Chonghaejin but his children and close aides control it through a complex web of holding companies

PROTEST. Protesters demand South Korean President Park Geun-Hye resign and take responsiblity for the Sewol ferry sinking. Photo by Yang Ji-Woong/EPA

Daughter of Korean ferry tycoon detained in France

May 28, 2014 - 9:12 PM

A judge decides against releasing Yoo Som Na 47 on bail following her arrest under an international arrest warrant

S. Korea's Park says family 'root cause' of ferry tragedy

May 27, 2014 - 2:21 PM

South Korea s government offers a 500 000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Yoo Byung Eun patriarch of the family behind Chonghaejin Marine

PROTEST. Protesters demand South Korean President Park Geun-Hye resign and take responsiblity for the Sewol ferry sinking Yang Ji-Woong/EPA

Cash reward to find S. Korea ferry family head

May 23, 2014 - 12:01 AM

Officials suspect that the patriarch is responsible for unsafe business practices which contributed to the ferry tragedy

NO ONE ON DECK. A handout image released by the South Korean Coast Guard on 28 April 2014, taken from cellphone video footage by a Coast Guard officer on 16 April 2014, shows a rescue boat approaching the ferry Sewol. Nobody is seen on the deck. Photo by South Korea Coast Guard/EPA

S. Korea president says responsibility 'lies with me'

May 19, 2014 - 10:40 AM

The ultimate responsibility of the poor response to this accident lies with me Park Geun Hye says to the television cameras

APOLOGIES. South Korean people watch a TV live broadcast of South Korean President Park Geun-hye as she speaks during a news conference at the presidential Blue House office in Seoul, May 19, 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

4 crew of Sewol ferry indicted for manslaughter

May 15, 2014 - 11:17 AM

UPDATED The confirmed death toll now stands at 281 with 23 still missing

CRYING. A relative of a missing passenger aboard the ill-fated ferry Sewol weeps at Paengmok Port, South Korea, 11 May 2014, as search operation was halted due to bad weather conditions.

South Korea names 3 ferry disaster 'martyrs'

May 12, 2014 - 9:02 PM

The behavior of the part time crew members stood in stark contrast to the captain and most of the crew who were among the first to abandon ship

Divers retrieve more bodies in S. Korea ferry disaster

May 10, 2014 - 12:48 PM

Two more bodies are retrieved from the wreck even as deteriorating conditions on the ship make operations difficult

OBSERVATION. Families of the capsized Sewol ferry's missing passengers visit the site of the accident aboard South Korea Coast Guard ships off South Korea's southwestern coast on 24 April 2014, to observe the search and rescue operation. Yonhap/EPA

Diary reveals harrowing search for Korea ferry bodies

May 09, 2014 - 11:01 AM

The diary details the physical and psychological demands placed on the search and rescue teams

OBSERVATION. Families of the capsized Sewol ferry's missing passengers visit the site of the accident aboard South Korea Coast Guard ships off South Korea's southwestern coast on 24 April 2014, to observe the search and rescue operation. Yonhap/EPA