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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2006 | Stuart Silverstein and Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writers
A crane on a cargo ship struck the center span of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro on Sunday afternoon, causing minor damage and shutting down ship and vehicle traffic for two hours. Officials said the four-lane bridge, which connects San Pedro and Terminal Island, was closed for inspection about 4:45 p.m., shortly after the incident was reported.
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NATIONAL
August 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Crews have righted a ship loaded with new cars and SUVs that had tilted onto its side a month ago in the north Pacific. The Cougar Ace, which had been listing severely south of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, is being prepared for a tow to Portland, Ore., the Anchorage Daily News reported. The ship listed to its port side July 23 as its crew was attempting to adjust the ship's ballast water. The Cougar Ace has been moored northwest of Dutch Harbor since Aug.
NATIONAL
July 26, 2006 | From Times Wire Services
Only 10 minutes elapsed from when a cargo ship carrying 5,000 vehicles began listing in rough north Pacific seas until it was almost lying on its side, said a volunteer who spoke with some of those rescued by helicopter. The 23 crew members were airlifted Monday night by the Coast Guard and state National Guard to Adak Island, 230 miles north. A 41-year-old man from Myanmar with a broken ankle was flown to Anchorage, where he was listed in good condition Tuesday, authorities said.
NATIONAL
July 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The crew of an Asian ship listing nearly on its side in the North Pacific prepared to abandon the vessel Monday after Coast Guard officials determined it was too dangerous to stay on board. The Coast Guard and Alaska Air National Guard were sending helicopters and other rescue craft to pick up the 22 crew members of the Cougar Ace, 230 miles from Adak Island in the Aleutians. The crew members all had donned survival suits.
NATIONAL
July 21, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A cruise ship that rolled suddenly to one side will depart on a new voyage this weekend, despite the mystery over what caused the accident off the Florida coast that threw passengers, TV sets and other objects against the deck and walls, seriously injuring 20 people. The Crown Princess left Florida for New York, where it was scheduled to depart for another Caribbean trip. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigators planned to go along, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Nine people suffered minor injuries Saturday afternoon when a ferry crashed into a pier in a bustling tourist area of San Francisco, authorities said. The Baylink ferry, carrying 138 people, plowed into Pier 43 in the city's Fisherman's Wharf district about 4:20 p.m., San Francisco fire officials said. The boat had just left Pier 41 when it apparently lost control of its steering, officials said. Nine people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.
WORLD
March 31, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A tour boat carrying as many as 150 people capsized Thursday night in the Persian Gulf off Bahrain, and at least 57 people were killed, the country's coast guard chief said. Coast guard chief Youssef Katem said at least 63 people survived. Television footage showed survivors, their hair still wet, squatting on the floor of a hospital. Many covered themselves with blankets. One man was shown being treated for cuts to the head. Some with blood streaming down their faces hugged each other.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A cruise ship with more than 250 people on board ran aground on a sandbar in the Columbia River. The Coast Guard was transferring passengers to another ship. Officials said that no injuries were reported and that the vessel was neither sinking nor leaking fuel. The 360-foot Empress of the North -- a vessel modeled on the stern-wheelers of the 1800s -- ran aground between Portland and Washougal, Wash., the Coast Guard said.
WORLD
February 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Rescuers on the Red Sea found a few more survivors from an Egyptian ferry that caught fire and sank Friday, but hundreds of people remained missing and presumed dead. At Safaga, the ferry's destination, hundreds of relatives awaited news of their loved ones.
WORLD
February 5, 2006 | Jano Charbel and Megan K. Stack, Special to The Times
With more than 1,000 people feared dead, survivors of Friday's Red Sea ferry sinking told bleak tales Saturday of chaos and hubris -- of lifeboats that went unused while passengers struggled to save themselves. It was shortly after the aging ship pulled out into the Red Sea from the Saudi port of Duba that a fire broke out on board, survivors and authorities said Saturday, but the captain insisted on continuing toward Egypt.
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