February 10, 2009
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2008 |
The Navy has punished six sailors for their roles in a fire that caused $70 million in damage to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington, a newspaper reported Monday. U.S. Pacific Fleet officials say the six were given nonjudicial punishments, meaning no sailor was discharged from the Navy, according to the Navy Times. The Navy did not release the names or ranks of those punished. The punishments come two months after the Navy relieved the carrier's commanding officer and executive officer of duty over the May 22 fire.
September 3, 2008 |
Colombian authorities, seeking to head off a potential environmental disaster, were still searching Tuesday for two missing cyanide barrels that had been aboard a ferry that capsized in the Magdalena River. A total of 96 drums of the highly toxic chemical were aboard the vessel when it sank early Saturday in Colombia's longest river. All but two of the canisters, which were loaded on a vehicle that was on the ferry, had been recovered by late Tuesday afternoon. The urgency of the situation was made clear Sunday and Monday by the fact that Colombian President Alvaro Uribe remained at the site, about 220 miles north of the capital, Bogota, to oversee salvage operations.
July 8, 2008 |
Passengers aboard a cruise ship were left high and dry Monday for about nine hours after the vessel went aground near Glacier Bay National Park in southeastern Alaska. A Coast Guard boat towed the 207-foot Spirit of Glacier Bay on a rising tide to the middle of the bay late Monday afternoon, said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Eric Eggen. The cruise ship, with 24 passengers and 27 crew members, ran aground at 7:12 a.m., said Jerrol Golden, spokeswoman for Cruise West Enterprises, which owns the ship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2008 |
The attorney for the pilot of the freighter that spilled 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay is blaming the Coast Guard and others for the mishap and said Friday that his client will refuse to testify next week at a government hearing investigating the crash. Federal prosecutors charged Capt. John Cota last month with environmental crimes stemming from the Nov. 7 incident, when the Cosco Busan sideswiped a support tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog.