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7 killed in Indonesia ferry accident

Aug 17, 2019 - 9:09 PM

The dead include 2 children aged 2 and 4

FERRY FIRE. A ferry caught fire early Saturday in Indonesia after a reported diesel tank explosion, killing seven people.

Nearly 3 dozen dead in Indonesia ferry accident

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:01 PM

(UPDATED) Images from the scene show terrified passengers clinging to the side of the tipped over ferry, while others float in the sea awaiting help

IN MEMORY. Family members of missing victims of a capsized ferry mourn during a mass memorial service at Lake Toba in North Sumatra on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ivan Damanik/AFP

Oil slick off China coast triples in size – official

Jan 22, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Authorities spotted 3 oil slicks with a total surface area of 332 square kilometers (128 square miles) on January 21, compared to 101 square kilometers reported January 17

BURNING UP. This handout file picture from the Transport Ministry of China taken and released on January 14, 2018 shows smoke and flames coming from the burning oil tanker 'Sanchi' at sea off the coast of eastern China. Transport Ministry of China/Handout/AFP

US ends search for sailors after Philippine Sea air crash

Nov 24, 2017 - 12:17 PM

The decision to abandon the search and rescue comes after two days of operations involving 7 ships from the US Navy and Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force, 3 helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft

WORKHORSE. A file photo of a C-2A "Greyhound" which is a re-supply workhorse for US aircraft carriers, routinely ferrying cargo, mail and people onto and off the globally deployed vessels. A similar C-2A with 11 people on board went down Wednesday afternoon, November 22, southeast of Okinawa. From wikipedia commons

U.S. Navy probes destroyer crash that killed 7 in Japan

Jun 19, 2017 - 9:06 AM

3rd UPDATE The US navy and Japan s coastguard are conducting separate inquiries but will likely be co operating a spokesman for Japan s transport safety board says

COLLISION POINT. This photo shows damages on the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald at its mother port in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo on June 18, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

More human bones recovered from sunken South Korean ferry

May 13, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Results from the DNA test will be known in a month

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. AFP File Photo

South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry reaches port at last

Mar 31, 2017 - 12:19 PM

UPDATED A semi submersible ship carrying the wreck has docked alongside a pier at the southwestern harbor of Mokpo according to an Agence France Presse photographer on the scene

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

Sewol ferry 'remains' are animal bones – South Korea ministry

Mar 28, 2017 - 3:06 PM

5th UPDATE Authorities earlier said the pieces were human The maritime ministry however corrects its initial statement saying According to test results by the National Forensic Service they have been confirmed to be 7 animal bone fragments

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

South Korea's Sewol ferry lifted onto salvage ship

Mar 24, 2017 - 1:21 PM

UPDATED The Sewol is likely to be docked at Mokpo early April where the wreck will be searched for bodies

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

South Korea raises sunken Sewol ferry

Mar 23, 2017 - 8:24 AM

3rd UPDATE It comes nearly 3 years after the disaster killed more than 300 people and dealt a crippling blow to now ousted president Park Geun Hye

RISING FROM THE SEA. This handout photo provided and taken on March 23, 2017 by the South Korean Maritime Ministry shows the wreck of the Sewol ferry during a salvage operation to bring the sunken ship back to surface, at sea off the southwestern island of Jindo. South Korea Maritime Ministry/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

US Navy ship missing for 95 years found near San Francisco

Mar 24, 2016 - 12:56 PM

No human remains were found but the wreckage is protected by a law prohibiting unauthorized disturbance of sunken military vessels and planes

AFTER 95 YEARS. The USS Conestoga tug boat, which disappeared on March 25, 1921 after departing San Francisco on its way to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, was the last US Navy ship to be lost in peacetime. File photo from Wikipedia

‘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

Rescuers end search for Ormoc sea tragedy victims

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Rescuers say all leads have been exhausted and there are no more sightings of missing passengers of MB Kim Nirvana which sank on July 2 off Ormoc City

LAST MAN RESCUED. Authorities announce on July 8, 2015, the end of search and rescue operations for passengers of a vessel that sank off Ormoc City 6 days earlier. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Ormoc ferry survivor: 'I assumed I would die'

Jul 05, 2015 - 8:45 PM

Recalling the Ormoc ferry tragedy a 22 year old survivor calls for a speedy and impartial investigation into the incident

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

LIST: Casualties in the Ormoc sea tragedy

Jul 04, 2015 - 5:08 PM

UPDATED The wooden hulled Kim Nirvana capsized off the coast of Leyte on July 2 at least 61 casualties

ORMOC TRAGEDY. Rescuers try to find survivors at the site of the capsized motor boat Kim Nirvana n Ormoc, Leyte. Rappler photo

Aquino orders speedy probe into Ormoc boat tragedy

Jul 03, 2015 - 11:50 AM

Malacañang says the thorough government investigation will look into all angles of the incident including possible overloading and the technical skills of the boat captain and crew

TRAGEDY. Rescuers race against time to save passengers of motor boat Kim Nivana, which capsized off Leyte on July 2, 2015. Photo by Lalaine Jimenea

Appeals court convicts South Korea ferry captain of murder

Apr 28, 2015 - 10:55 AM

The ruling in the southern city of Gwangju overturns a lower court decision which had acquitted Lee Jun Seok of homicide charges in November

Sewol ferry captain Lee Jun-Seok (3-L) sits with other crew members inside a court room at the start of the verdict proceedings in Gwangju-city, South Korea, 11 November 2014. Ed Jones/Pool/EPA

South Korea announces plan to raise sunken Sewol ferry

Apr 22, 2015 - 11:30 AM

The Ministry of Public Safety and Security says the salvage operation would likely begin in September

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

South Korea vows to raise sunken ferry but angry relatives unmoved

Apr 16, 2015 - 12:15 PM

UPDATED The tense to and fro reflects the depth of the residual anger in South Korea a year after the passenger ferry went down

IN PAIN. The mother of Danwon high school teacher Yang Seung-Jin, who went missing in the Sewol ferry disaster, weeps in front of victims portraits at Jindo-port on Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea. 16 April 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Flowers and tears as families mourn South Korea ferry dead

Apr 15, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The sunken ferry remains a highly sensitive topic of heated debate a year later – not least over the question of whether it should be raised to the surface

ONE YEAR LATER. A relative of a victim of the Sewol ferry disaster stands on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry off the coast of South Korea's southern island of Jindo, 15 April 2015. Ed Jones/Pool/EPA

Anger runs deep a year after South Korea ferry tragedy

Apr 12, 2015 - 12:29 PM

For the relatives of the 304 victims especially the families of the 250 high school children who died the past 12 months have done little to numb the pain and grief – or the anger

SEEKING JUSTICE. Hundreds of relatives of Sewol ferry sinking victims and supports, are marching toward Presidential house while policemen block during a protest at Gwanghwamun square in Seoul, South Korea, 11 April 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korea leader considers salvaging sunken ferry

Apr 06, 2015 - 12:58 PM

Park Geun Hye: I will actively consider salvaging the ship after accepting the opinions of relatives of those still missing and experts

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

5 dead after unregistered boat capsizes in Sulu

Apr 03, 2015 - 9:19 AM

The boat MPB Wilayza is unregistered and reportedly overloaded with bags of cement iron bars and at least 50 passengers

Filipinos, Indonesians among 49 crew in missing Taiwanese ship

Mar 08, 2015 - 5:07 PM

The Hsiang Fu Chun a 700 tonne squid fishing vessel lost contact with its owners soon after reporting that water was leaking on to the deck at around 3:00 am on February 26 as it sailed 1 700 nautical miles off the Falklands officials say

In this file photo, a man looks out over the Atlantic Ocean towards a rainbow beneath a storm cloud off the cliffs of Chapmans Peak in Cape Town, South Africa 31 May 2011. Nic Bothma/EPA

HK captain guilty of manslaughter over 2012 ferry tragedy

Feb 14, 2015 - 5:10 PM

According to the nine member jury Sea Smooth skipper Lai Sai ming is guilty on all manslaughter charges with a majority of 7 to 2

SALVAGE. The bow of the Lamma IV boat (L) is seen partially submerged during rescue operations on October 2, 2012 the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry killing over 30 people. File photo by Antony Dickson/AFP

Costa Concordia trial: Court told 'tsunami of evidence' vs skipper

Feb 11, 2015 - 7:43 AM

Francesco Schettino s 19 month trial will come to an end on Wednesday or early Thursday just over 3 years after a disaster which left 32 people dead

ON TRIAL. Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino (R) during a coffee break at his trial in Grosseto, Italy, December 2, 2014. The former Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino stands trial on multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty charges in the fatal 2012 cruise-ship sinking that led to 32 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Photo by Enzo Russo/EPA

'No pity' for Concordia captain, prosecutors demand 26 years in jail

Jan 26, 2015 - 9:38 PM

God have pity on Schettino because we cannot have any a prosecutor says in a speech against the captain of the doomed Costa Concordia

ON TRIAL. Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino (R) during a coffee break at his trial in Grosseto, Italy, 02 December 2014. The former Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino stands trial on multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty charges in the fatal 2012 cruise-ship sinking that led to 32 deaths and hundreds of injuries.  EPA/ENZO RUSSO

100 feared missing after boat sinks in C. Africa: officials

Jan 15, 2015 - 4:47 PM

The boat s motor exploded some 100 kilometers downstream starting a fire that forced passengers to jump overboard

South Korea parliament passes bill on ferry compensation

Jan 12, 2015 - 6:54 PM

South Korea s parliament passes a bill to compensate relatives of victims of last year s ferry disaster in which more than 300 passengers died

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

Don't lose hope, survivor tells families of missing ship crew

Jan 11, 2015 - 12:14 AM

The lone survivor – so far – in the Bulk Jupiter sinking off Vietnam says that in the 9 hours he was adrift in freezing waters he kept praying and repeating to himself that he must survive

SURVIVOR. Filipino cook Angelito Rojas (second from left) leaves the Vietnamese rescue boat SAR 413 in the coastal city of Vung Tau. Photo by AFP/Vietnam News Agency

2 Filipinos dead, 16 missing in ship sinking off Vietnam

Jan 03, 2015 - 1:49 PM

2nd UPDATE The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs confirms the death of two Filipino crewmembers of a cargo ship that sank off the coast of Vietnam on January 2

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Passengers of missing boat in S. Leyte found

Dec 30, 2014 - 10:48 PM

All 7 passengers of the missing boat are safe

Hundreds await rescue, one dead after Italian ferry catches fire

Dec 28, 2014 - 3:38 PM

4TH UPDATE Only 190 of the 478 passengers are rescued so far as the wind gusts make the operations difficult and dangerous officials say

Filipino, Indonesians among 11 dead from Korean trawler sinking

Dec 03, 2014 - 10:05 AM

UPDATED A total of 12 bodies have now been recovered while 7 people were rescued leaving 41 still unaccounted for

SUNKEN VESSEL. File photo of the the 1,753-ton Oriong-501 trawler, operated by South Korea's Sajo Industries. Yonhap/AFP

Russia finds empty lifeboats from sunken South Korea fishing boat

Dec 02, 2014 - 7:20 PM

Rescuers also saw one dead body floating in the area but were not able to recover it due to storm conditions they say

SUNKEN VESSEL. File photo of the the 1,753-ton Oriong-501 trawler, operated by South Korea's Sajo Industries. Yonhap/AFP

No sign of 52 missing from sunken South Korea fishing boat

Dec 02, 2014 - 10:17 AM

The trawler was carrying 60 people including one Russian inspector 11 South Koreans 35 Indonesians and 13 Philippine crew members when it sank off Russia s east coast

GONE. An undated photo taken in an unknown location and released on December 1, 2014 by South Korea's Yonhap news agency shows the 1,753-ton Oryong 501 operated by South Korea's Sajo Industries. Yonhap/AFP

Two missing after Spanish fishing boat sinks

Nov 30, 2014 - 9:38 PM

Throughout the night maritime and aerial means from the Spanish and French coastguard looked for the two missing crew members the Spanish coastguard says

South Korea court jails ferry operator CEO for 10 years

Nov 20, 2014 - 3:39 PM

A court determines that Kim Han Sik CEO of Chonghaejin Marine Co had allowed the ferry to be routinely overloaded and approved illegal renovations to increase its passenger capacity

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

Korea ferry captain jailed for 36 years, acquitted of murder

Nov 11, 2014 - 1:53 PM

UPDATED The ruling follows 5 months of dramatic often painful testimony in the trial of Captain Lee Jun Seok and 14 other crew members of the Sewol

Sewol ferry captain Lee Jun-Seok (3-L) sits with other crew members inside a court room at the start of the verdict proceedings in Gwangju-city, South Korea, 11 November 2014. Ed Jones/Pool/EPA

South Korea halts search for bodies from sunken ferry

Nov 11, 2014 - 9:52 AM

The announcement came just hours before a court was to deliver a verdict and sentence in the murder trial of Sewol captain Lee Jun Seok

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

South Korea prosecutors seek 15 years jail for ferry CEO

Nov 06, 2014 - 2:59 PM

Prosecutors also demand jail sentences of between 4 and 6 years for 10 others on trial alongside Kim Han Sik CEO of Chonghaejin Marine Co on charges of criminal negligence

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

Anger, anguish 6 months after South Korea ferry disaster

Oct 15, 2014 - 11:46 AM

The Sewol disaster was a profound shock that plunged the entire country into mourning and raised questions about what Asia s fourth largest economy had come to and where it was going

IN MEMORIAM. South Korean pedestrians walk past yellow ribbons for victims of the Sewol ferry disaster at city hall plaza in Seoul on October 15, 2014. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Passengers of capsized boat off Cebu rescued

Sep 20, 2014 - 11:41 AM

UPDATED Passengers include 32 male adults 14 female adults 4 male children and 3 female children

SEARCH AND RESCUE: The Philippine Navy deploys rubber boats and vessels to rescue passengers of a motorized boat that capsized off Cebu. Navy photo

Coast Guard ends search for missing ferry passenger

Sep 17, 2014 - 3:11 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard will now focus on the investigation of the maritime mishap off the coast of Leyte which led to 8 deaths

South Korean ferry could have capsized any time – expert

Sep 16, 2014 - 1:24 PM

Expert: It was just sheer luck that the Sewol operated as it did for more than a year

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

13 rescued two days after Indonesia tourist boat sinks

Aug 18, 2014 - 9:26 AM

UPDATED The rescue brings to 23 including 18 foreigners the number of people saved since the vessel sank Saturday August 16 as it headed from Lombok island to Komodo island

10 foreigners missing as Indonesia tourist boat sinks

Aug 17, 2014 - 6:45 PM

UPDATED 10 foreigners and 5 Indonesians are missing after a tourist boat with 25 people on board capsized after being caught up in a storm

Italian, Maltese rescuers say 19 dead on migrant boat

Jul 20, 2014 - 3:17 PM

The boat is estimated to have had 400 people on board and was first spotted by a Danish ship south of the Italian island of Lampedusa in waters between Libya and Malta

RESCUE. A refugee is carried off an Italian Navy ship in the port of Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy, 07 June 2014. The Italian Navy said that it had saved over 2,500 immigrants at sea as part of the the Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) Rescue Operation that Italy launched after around 400 people were killed on two migrant-boat disasters in October. Photo by Mike Palazzotto/EPA

S. Korea leader vows to punish ferry disaster culprits

May 04, 2014 - 4:57 PM

As more bodies are recovered South Korea s president promises that those behind the disaster will be sternly punished

LIVES LOST. South Korean rescue workers carry the body of a victim of the ferry Sewol sinking at Jindo-port on Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 19 April 2014. Ten more bodies were recovered Sunday, April 20, raising the death toll to 46. Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA