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August 7, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
The owner and second officer of the sunken Oceanos liner said Tuesday that most crew members acted properly and helped save the lives of the 571 people aboard. Many passengers criticized crew members for deserting the Oceanos soon after it lost power and began taking on water Saturday night. It sank Sunday afternoon, about 90 minutes after everyone on board had been lowered in lifeboats or picked up by military helicopters amid strong winds and powerful waves.
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June 26, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
A stretch of Cape Town's previously pristine coastline was coated Sunday with thick black sludge from a sunken tanker. The oil slick had also brought the city's shipping to a halt. The Panamanian-registered Treasure, carrying 1,300 tons of fuel oil, sank Friday just six miles offshore. Since then, the oil has made its way steadily toward the shoreline. A huge cleanup operation was underway Sunday, with workers loading oil-coated kelp into trucks and vacuuming up pools of sludge.
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August 6, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Everyone on board the cruise ship Oceanos was safe and accounted for Monday, but survivors angrily accused the captain of taking one of the first rescue helicopters to safety and leaving them on board the sinking liner. "We had to take over the ship," said Terry Lester, who worked as a comedian on the ship. "If it hadn't been for the entertainers, a lot of people would have drowned." The ship's entertainers said they guided rescue vessels by radio after Greek Capt.
NEWS
August 7, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
The owner and second officer of the sunken Oceanos liner said Tuesday that most crew members acted properly and helped save the lives of the 571 people aboard. Many passengers criticized crew members for deserting the Oceanos soon after it lost power and began taking on water Saturday night. It sank Sunday afternoon, about 90 minutes after everyone on board had been lowered in lifeboats or picked up by military helicopters amid strong winds and powerful waves.
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June 26, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
A stretch of Cape Town's previously pristine coastline was coated Sunday with thick black sludge from a sunken tanker. The oil slick had also brought the city's shipping to a halt. The Panamanian-registered Treasure, carrying 1,300 tons of fuel oil, sank Friday just six miles offshore. Since then, the oil has made its way steadily toward the shoreline. A huge cleanup operation was underway Sunday, with workers loading oil-coated kelp into trucks and vacuuming up pools of sludge.
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August 5, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
The Greek passenger liner Oceanos sank in storm-lashed seas 1 1/2 miles off South Africa's "wild coast" Sunday, but rescuers said all but 15 of the 580 passengers and crew members are accounted for. In Cape Town, police said harbor authorities received a bomb threat against the Oceanos shortly before the ship sailed for Durban on Friday evening, about 24 hours before the vessel began to take on water. The caller reportedly said the bomb had been smuggled aboard in a wedding cake.
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August 4, 1991 | From Associated Press
A Greek cruise liner with about 600 people aboard, most of them elderly South Africans, was sinking in mountainous seas off the southeast coast today. Helicopters and ships rescued hundreds. At least three cargo ships, including an oil tanker, were plucking passengers by the score from lifeboats cast off the cruise liner Oceanos, but at least 200 people remained aboard, air force Maj. Jerry Evert said.
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August 6, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Everyone on board the cruise ship Oceanos was safe and accounted for Monday, but survivors angrily accused the captain of taking one of the first rescue helicopters to safety and leaving them on board the sinking liner. "We had to take over the ship," said Terry Lester, who worked as a comedian on the ship. "If it hadn't been for the entertainers, a lot of people would have drowned." The ship's entertainers said they guided rescue vessels by radio after Greek Capt.
NEWS
August 5, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
The Greek passenger liner Oceanos sank in storm-lashed seas 1 1/2 miles off South Africa's "wild coast" Sunday, but rescuers said all but 15 of the 580 passengers and crew members are accounted for. In Cape Town, police said harbor authorities received a bomb threat against the Oceanos shortly before the ship sailed for Durban on Friday evening, about 24 hours before the vessel began to take on water. The caller reportedly said the bomb had been smuggled aboard in a wedding cake.
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August 4, 1991 | From Associated Press
A Greek cruise liner with about 600 people aboard, most of them elderly South Africans, was sinking in mountainous seas off the southeast coast today. Helicopters and ships rescued hundreds. At least three cargo ships, including an oil tanker, were plucking passengers by the score from lifeboats cast off the cruise liner Oceanos, but at least 200 people remained aboard, air force Maj. Jerry Evert said.
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