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April 15, 1991 | From Associated Press
Rocked by one last explosion, a fire-ravaged tanker holding millions of gallons of oil sank Sunday off the Italian Riviera, and experts worked to avert an ecological catastrophe in the Mediterranean. The Cypriot-registered tanker Haven appeared to have remained intact on the sandy sea bottom 1 1/2 miles offshore, and it was believed that most of the vessel's crude remained inside, officials said. The tanker held nearly 42 million gallons of Iranian crude when it caught fire Thursday.
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January 15, 2012 | Sarah Delaney
Divers scoured the water for survivors and passengers told of Titanic-style pandemonium and being abandoned by crew members Saturday after a luxury cruise liner was ripped open by rocks off the Italian coast. At least three people died and 40 were injured in the accident near Tuscany, which forced more than 4,200 passengers and crew members to abandon the ship Costa Concordia on Friday evening. Dramatic photos taken Saturday showed the jumbo liner tipped over in the water, a long gash in its hull, near the small island of Giglio.
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February 20, 1989 | From Reuters
Two drug smugglers trapped by the coast guard off southern Italy sought to destroy the evidence by sinking their yacht--but the hashish packed in plastic sacks bobbed to the surface. Customs officers said they recovered 76 sacks of hashish, weighing two tons. The two men, an Italian and a Frenchman, were caught trying to flee in a rubber dinghy and were charged with drug smuggling. The yacht was believed to have left the Yugoslav port of Dubrovnik on Saturday bound for Malta.
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June 16, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Italian newspaper La Repubblica says it has found the site of a "phantom shipwreck" believed to be the graveyard of about 283 illegal immigrants who tried to reach Italy in 1996 and whose fate has been hushed up for years. The ship sank in waters off the southeastern tip of Sicily, near the town of Portopalo, but was never found. The identity card of a victim was caught recently in a fisherman's net, and the newspaper used a robot to search for the wreck.
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December 28, 1997 | Associated Press
Italian tugboats rescued 825 illegal immigrants, most of them Kurds, from a Turkish ship that ran aground off the southern coast here Saturday in one of the largest-ever attempts to smuggle people into Italy. By midafternoon, all the passengers had been brought ashore, the Italian news agency ANSA reported from Soverato, a coastal town in the "toe" of the boot-shaped peninsula.
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April 13, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A tanker loaded with nearly 41 million gallons of oil burned for a second day off the Italian Riviera, prompting environmental officials to say the Mediterranean is in danger of ecological disaster. Tugs towed the sinking ship to shallower waters, and seven miles of floating barriers were laid out in an attempt to prevent crude oil from fouling the resorts around Genoa. The Cypriot-registered Haven partially sank about three miles offshore after an explosion of undetermined origin Thursday.
NEWS
April 11, 1991 | Reuters
An Italian ferry, the Moby Prince, slammed into a tanker in heavy fog outside the Mediterranean port of Livorno today and authorities said more than 130 people were feared dead. The harbormaster's office said the sea was covered by a huge sheet of flame after the collision and only one ferry survivor was rescued. The ferry did not even have time to send a distress signal.
NEWS
April 12, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Violent back-to-back disasters involving anchored oil tankers strewed death and pollution Thursday across Italy's playground Tyrrhenian Sea. About 140 passengers and crew members died in a burst of flame after a ferryboat slammed into the stern of a tanker in heavy fog around midnight Wednesday near the port of Leghorn, about 190 miles northwest of the Italian capital. One cabin attendant was the only survivor from the ferry Moby Prince.
NEWS
April 14, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
A huge explosion and two smaller blasts rocked a burning tanker Saturday, heightening fears that the sinking vessel could break apart and spill millions of gallons of oil on the Italian Riviera. Italy's new coalition government declared a national state of emergency shortly after being sworn in.
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June 16, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Italian newspaper La Repubblica says it has found the site of a "phantom shipwreck" believed to be the graveyard of about 283 illegal immigrants who tried to reach Italy in 1996 and whose fate has been hushed up for years. The ship sank in waters off the southeastern tip of Sicily, near the town of Portopalo, but was never found. The identity card of a victim was caught recently in a fisherman's net, and the newspaper used a robot to search for the wreck.
NEWS
December 28, 1997 | Associated Press
Italian tugboats rescued 825 illegal immigrants, most of them Kurds, from a Turkish ship that ran aground off the southern coast here Saturday in one of the largest-ever attempts to smuggle people into Italy. By midafternoon, all the passengers had been brought ashore, the Italian news agency ANSA reported from Soverato, a coastal town in the "toe" of the boot-shaped peninsula.
NEWS
April 15, 1991 | From Associated Press
Rocked by one last explosion, a fire-ravaged tanker holding millions of gallons of oil sank Sunday off the Italian Riviera, and experts worked to avert an ecological catastrophe in the Mediterranean. The Cypriot-registered tanker Haven appeared to have remained intact on the sandy sea bottom 1 1/2 miles offshore, and it was believed that most of the vessel's crude remained inside, officials said. The tanker held nearly 42 million gallons of Iranian crude when it caught fire Thursday.
NEWS
April 14, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
A huge explosion and two smaller blasts rocked a burning tanker Saturday, heightening fears that the sinking vessel could break apart and spill millions of gallons of oil on the Italian Riviera. Italy's new coalition government declared a national state of emergency shortly after being sworn in.
NEWS
April 13, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A tanker loaded with nearly 41 million gallons of oil burned for a second day off the Italian Riviera, prompting environmental officials to say the Mediterranean is in danger of ecological disaster. Tugs towed the sinking ship to shallower waters, and seven miles of floating barriers were laid out in an attempt to prevent crude oil from fouling the resorts around Genoa. The Cypriot-registered Haven partially sank about three miles offshore after an explosion of undetermined origin Thursday.
NEWS
April 12, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Violent back-to-back disasters involving anchored oil tankers strewed death and pollution Thursday across Italy's playground Tyrrhenian Sea. About 140 passengers and crew members died in a burst of flame after a ferryboat slammed into the stern of a tanker in heavy fog around midnight Wednesday near the port of Leghorn, about 190 miles northwest of the Italian capital. One cabin attendant was the only survivor from the ferry Moby Prince.
NEWS
April 11, 1991 | Reuters
An Italian ferry, the Moby Prince, slammed into a tanker in heavy fog outside the Mediterranean port of Livorno today and authorities said more than 130 people were feared dead. The harbormaster's office said the sea was covered by a huge sheet of flame after the collision and only one ferry survivor was rescued. The ferry did not even have time to send a distress signal.
WORLD
January 15, 2012 | Sarah Delaney
Divers scoured the water for survivors and passengers told of Titanic-style pandemonium and being abandoned by crew members Saturday after a luxury cruise liner was ripped open by rocks off the Italian coast. At least three people died and 40 were injured in the accident near Tuscany, which forced more than 4,200 passengers and crew members to abandon the ship Costa Concordia on Friday evening. Dramatic photos taken Saturday showed the jumbo liner tipped over in the water, a long gash in its hull, near the small island of Giglio.
NEWS
February 20, 1989 | From Reuters
Two drug smugglers trapped by the coast guard off southern Italy sought to destroy the evidence by sinking their yacht--but the hashish packed in plastic sacks bobbed to the surface. Customs officers said they recovered 76 sacks of hashish, weighing two tons. The two men, an Italian and a Frenchman, were caught trying to flee in a rubber dinghy and were charged with drug smuggling. The yacht was believed to have left the Yugoslav port of Dubrovnik on Saturday bound for Malta.
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