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July 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two commuter ferries collided in the fog of Boston Harbor, but there were no reports of serious injuries and both boats remained afloat, a Coast Guard spokesman said. The ferry Massachusetts, inbound from Hingham with 151 passengers and three crew members, collided with the ferry Laura, which had only four crew members on board, Petty Officer Zach Zubricki said.
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April 24, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
ANSAN, South Korea - Seniors from the high school that lost scores of students in last week's ferry sinking returned to class Thursday, a step toward resuming normal routines in the community that's become the focal point of South Korea's biggest maritime tragedy in decades. Of the 476 people aboard the Sewol when disaster struck on April 16, 340 were staff and students from Danwon High School. As of Thursday afternoon, a total of 171 people had been confirmed dead and 131 were still listed as missing.
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March 10, 1987 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
The British government announced Monday that it will launch a thorough inquiry into the sinking of the ferry that capsized here Friday night with the apparent loss of 134 lives. Transport Minister John Moore said all such ferries will be thoroughly checked and that orders will be issued forbidding ships to leave port with their bow doors open.
WORLD
April 22, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
ANSAN, South Korea - For South Korea, a country that pulled itself out of abject poverty to become the world's 15th-largest economy, the most stinging accusation about last week's ferry sinking is that it looks like a Third-World disaster. While the captain escaped and the crew dithered and bickered with emergency officials, hundreds of passengers, most of them high school students, obediently remained in their cabins as the ferry rolled and slipped beneath the surface of the cold, gray sea. Mistake piled atop mistake turned a near-shore mishap into the nation's worst maritime disaster in decades.
NEWS
June 2, 1999 | Times Wire Services
Brandishing a grenade and firing assault rifles into the night air, half a dozen hooded pirates attacked a ferry returning from the Caribbean resort isle of Cozumel. They robbed passengers of money and valuables, threw two security guards overboard and beat a crew member Monday night before speeding off in another boat, local officials said. The official news agency Notimex said the pirates made off with bags of money from an armored car that was on board.
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January 15, 1990 | Associated Press
A ferry carrying about 150 people sank Sunday night in a river near Dhaka, and only about 50 passengers were reported to have swum to shore, police said.
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March 22, 1987 | From Reuters
A bottle has been found on a beach in Belgium with a message inside that police think might have been written by victims of the Zeebrugge ferry disaster moments before their death. An estimated 134 people died in the disaster on March 6 when the British Channel ferry, Herald of Free Enterprise, suddenly keeled off just after leaving the harbor for Dover, England.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A new downtown ballpark has inspired a new mode of transportation. San Diego Harbor Excursions will shuttle Padres fans across San Diego Bay from Coronado and Shelter Island to Petco Park on a water taxi. The round-trip service will run during home games and will cost $10.
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October 24, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON and JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hoping to avoid the gridlock that threatened to paralyze freeways and bridges leading into quake-stricken San Francisco, thousands of determined commuters took to the seas Monday, boarding a flotilla of ferries that carried them on hair-raising journeys across a storm-tossed bay. While a few passengers seemed to consider the rough ride in driving wind and rain something of an adventure, others nearly lost their breakfast and some were drenched when towering waves swept across the ferries' decks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1996
Operators of a ferry service to Santa Catalina Island have backed away from a deal to acquire the resort town's other commercial seagoing transportation link to the mainland. Catalina Express owner Doug Bombard said company officials decided to drop the multimillion-dollar deal last month after opponents persuaded a state regulatory commission to open a lengthy hearing on the merger.
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April 20, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec, This post has been updated throughout with the latest developments.
SEOUL -- Divers reached the hull of the sunken Sewol ferry Sunday, recovering 16 bodies and bringing the confirmed death toll to 50. With more than 250 people still missing since the ship went down Wednesday, hope of finding survivors has all but vanished. The South Korean navy announced Sunday that one of its sailors who had been participating in rescue efforts has died of a head injury sustained Wednesday. The sailor died Saturday night, the navy said. Divers had been struggling with strong currents and poor visibility in their attempts to reach the Sewol's hull.
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April 19, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
SEOUL - The official death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster rose to 36 early Sunday. In a sign that hope had run out for finding survivors, authorities have asked relatives of the missing to provide DNA samples to expedite the task of identifying bodies. More than 260 people were still listed as missing and the ship remained submerged off the southern coast. Cranes to hoist the vessel upright were brought to the site, but strong currents prevented authorities from deploying them.
WORLD
April 19, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - The official death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster rose to 49 early Sunday after divers gained access to the submerged vessel and recovered more than a dozen bodies. Government officials reported that divers had retrieved the bodies by breaking a window on the vessel, but it was unclear whether they had gained entry to the ship. In a sign that hope had run out for the survival of any of the 256 listed as missing, officials asked relatives of those aboard to provide DNA samples to expedite the identification of bodies.
WORLD
April 18, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
ANSAN, South Korea -- The vice principal of the high school that is missing more than 250 students and teachers in the wake of a ferry sinking committed suicide Friday afternoon, authorities said. Kang Min-kyu, 52, had been traveling with the group of Danwon High School students and staff to Jeju Island when the ship sank Wednesday with 475 people aboard. He was rescued on one of the first boats, but most of the others from the school were not so fortunate. So far, 11 Danwon students and three teachers are among the confirmed dead, but the toll is expected to rise sharply once divers can access the hull of the vessel, which remains submerged.
WORLD
April 18, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
ANSAN, South Korea - The captain and two crew members of a ferry that capsized off the southern coast of South Korea were detained Saturday on suspicion of negligence in the accident that left at least 28 people confirmed dead and 274 missing, officials said. Investigators are looking into whether Capt. Lee Joon-seok, 69, and other personnel issued improper orders and abandoned passengers as the ship rolled. They also are trying to determine whether a quicker evacuation might have saved lives.
WORLD
April 18, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
ANSAN, South Korea - Prosecutors asked a court Friday to issue arrest warrants for the captain and two crew members of a ferry that capsized off the southern coast of South Korea, leaving 28 people confirmed dead and 268 missing, most of them schoolchildren. Investigators are looking into charges that Capt. Lee Joon-seok, 69, and other personnel abandoned ship Wednesday before the passengers had been safely evacuated. They are also trying to determine whether a quicker evacuation might have saved lives.  Survivors have said that they were told not to move when the ferry started listing.
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November 6, 2003 | John J. Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Facing a possible contempt citation, the captain of the Staten Island ferry that crashed into a pier last month, killing 10 people, agreed Wednesday to meet with investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board. But the degree of his willingness to cooperate remains uncertain. After notifying a federal judge during a brief court session that Michael Gansas would honor an NTSB subpoena today, one of his lawyers added a clarification: Catherine Foti corrected U.S.
WORLD
August 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A North Korean ferry was stuck in a Japanese port after it failed safety inspections imposed as part of a global crackdown on alleged smuggling of drugs and weapons by the communist state. Japanese officials gathered more than 100 inspectors from three ministries to comb the passenger ferry at the northern port of Nigata. The Mangyongbong-92 was cited for five violations. Authorities said the ship, scheduled to return to North Korea this morning, could not sail until the problems were fixed.
WORLD
April 17, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - Divers struggled against strong currents and murky waters Friday morning in an effort to locate 271 people reported missing after a ferry sank off South Korea's southwestern coast. Water and weather conditions were making it difficult for divers to reach the Sewol, which sank Wednesday about 12 miles off the coast with 475 passengers aboard, many of whom were high school students on a field trip. The death toll rose to 25, with some bodies floating to the water's surface.
WORLD
April 16, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL -- As a ferry carrying 462 people slowly sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday, a high school student sent a heartbreaking cellphone text message. “Mom,” it said, “This might be my last chance to tell you I love you.” The mother messaged back with her love -- but received no response. In the emotional aftermath of the disaster, a screen grab of the exchange went viral. By late Wednesday, authorities had confirmed four passengers killed, 55 injured and more than 280 missing --  most of them high school students on what was meant to be a fun trip to a tourist island.
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