August 23, 2009 |
A weakening Hurricane Bill spun northward, churning up rough seas, creating dangerous riptides and closing beaches to swimmers on the Eastern Seaboard, including President Obama's planned vacation spot, Martha's Vineyard. The Category 1 hurricane was expected to pass the mainland well off New England, but was still packing high winds and waves. By the evening, Bill had maximum sustained winds near 85 mph and was about 250 miles south-southeast of Nantucket, Mass., according to the National Hurricane Center.
July 29, 2009 |
Rescuers searched by sea and air for dozens of Haitians after an overloaded sailboat ran aground and capsized in reef-studded waters off the Turks and Caicos Islands, killing at least 15 migrants fleeing the poverty of their homeland. The boat was carrying an estimated 200 people when it struck a coral reef and broke apart in rough seas near West Caicos. Officials said 15 died and more than 100 were rescued. Dozens were missing.
April 8, 2009 |
Dozens of Somali migrants sailing across the Gulf of Aden are missing and feared dead after one boat capsized and another ran into trouble in rough seas, the United Nations refugee agency said. A boat carrying 40 Somalis capsized late Saturday as passengers were disembarking off the coast of Yemen about 50 miles east of Mayfaa, where the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees operates a reception center. Twenty people made it to shore but the rest are missing, William Spindler told reporters in Geneva.
March 26, 2009 |
The worldwide economic storm might ease by the end of the year, an economist told a gathering Wednesday of international shipping lines, terminal operators, retailers and trucking companies in Long Beach. "The very worst part of this particular business cycle is occurring in this quarter, but as we move forward through the rest of the year, the decreases will diminish until the fourth quarter, when we actually move into the positive range," said Joseph P.
August 24, 2008 |
The two boats, named Free Gaza and Liberty, chugged into Gaza City on Saturday with quite an escort: a flotilla of fishing boats, sailboats, skiffs and even a swimmer carrying a Palestinian flag. Arriving to a boisterous reception, the international activists aboard the boats said they hoped their symbolic breaking of the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip was just the beginning. "We will surely try to bring the boats back again," said Huwaida Arraf, one of 44 passengers who contended with rough seas and communications problems after setting out Friday from Cyprus.
February 2, 2008 |
Rescuers saved dozens of people from two ships that ran aground in stormy waters off Britain's northwestern coast, but efforts to evacuate the injured captain of a freighter elsewhere were delayed. Thirty-seven people were airlifted from the two ships that ran aground. An effort to rescue the freighter captain in rough seas near the Scilly Islands off southwest England was deemed too dangerous.