January 21, 2005 |
North Korea allowed a South Korean police ship to pass through its waters on a rescue mission for 14 missing crewmen after a cargo vessel sank. It was the first time the North had given such permission. The South Korean ship Pioneer sank in international waters about 185 miles off North Korea's eastern coast. Four of the ship's 18 crewmen were rescued, but the others remained missing.
January 19, 1992 |
Coast Guard officers called to rescue 28 crew members from a burning ship arrested them all on drug charges after finding 4.5 tons of cocaine on board, authorities said Friday. Coast Guard spokesman Jim Howe said the officers found the cocaine on board the Panamanian-registered Harbour in international waters on Jan. 7 after they boarded the vessel to deal with flooding caused by firefighting efforts.
January 28, 1988 |
A Coast Guard cutter preparing to put a boarding party on a Haitian boat was rammed by the vessel in international waters off the eastern Bahamas, a Coast Guard spokesmen said. No one was injured, and the cutter Valiant was not damaged in the incident Tuesday night, but the Haitian boat sank and its nine crew members had to be rescued.
October 6, 2001 |
Greece warned illegal immigrants that its borders would remain closed to them, as a cargo ship carrying hundreds of refugees sat for a third day in international waters off the Greek coast. The cargo ship, thought to be carrying 300 to 400 illegal immigrants, was being shadowed by a Greek navy ship and several coast guard vessels south of the Peloponnesian peninsula. The Merchant Marine Ministry said there had been no communication with those on board.
August 25, 1994 |
The Havana man and his brother had been drifting on a raft in the Florida Straits for nine days under the scorching sun. They were dehydrated, suffering from exposure, delirious. As two other refugees watched in horror from a nearby vessel crafted of Styrofoam, the man announced to his brother: "I've got to go now. Mom is making breakfast." With that, he stepped off the raft and disappeared into the rolling sea.
May 8, 1999 |
The alleged leader of a Cuban spy ring was charged with conspiring to commit murder, the first criminal count filed in the deadly 1996 downing of four pilots by a Cuban warplane. An indictment unsealed in Miami alleges Gerardo Hernandez conspired with the Cuban military to provoke a violent confrontation with Brothers to the Rescue, an exile group that searches for Cuban refugees at sea. A Cuban fighter attacked two of the Brothers' planes over international waters in 1996.
December 14, 2005 |
A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed in the Pacific Ocean off Colombia with three people aboard, and the Colombian navy joined a search for the crew. The SH-60B Seahawk helicopter was within sight of the U.S. frigate DeWert when it went down, said Bill Austin, a spokesman for the U.S. Naval Station at Mayport, Fla., where the troops are based. The DeWert's unit usually carries out anti-drug missions in international waters. Austin said the chopper did not issue a distress call.
March 19, 2006 |
Two U.S. Navy warships returned fire on suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia, killing one suspect, wounding five and igniting a fire on one vessel, the Navy said. Seven other suspects were taken into custody after the early-morning shootout, said Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown, spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. No sailors were wounded in the battle, which occurred about 5:40 a.m. about 25 nautical miles off the Somalian coast in international waters.
January 27, 2006 |
New Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned the United States to back off from a challenge of Canadian sovereignty in Arctic waters that are thawing from global warming. In the first news conference since his election, Harper upbraided U.S. Ambassador David H. Wilkins for asserting that the icy polar regions are international waters. Canada claims that its estimated 16,000 islands in the region make it Canadian.