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NATIONAL
August 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Coast Guard searched the Florida Straits after three Cubans rescued at sea said they had been aboard a speed boat that sank with 31 others aboard. Searchers located a capsized boat matching the Cubans' description about 16 miles from where they were picked up, but they did not find any bodies. The three were returned to Cuba.
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WORLD
July 10, 2005 | From Associated Press
Nearly 200 people were feared dead days after a ferry capsized in rough seas off eastern Indonesia, a rescue official said today. The 150-ton Digul sank Thursday night off the coast of Papua province while heading from the port town of Merauke to Tanah Merah, about 125 miles to the north, said Sumpeno Juono of the local search and rescue agency. The ferry was officially reported to be carrying 50 crew and passengers. But survivors said about 200 people were on board, Sumpeno said.
NATIONAL
June 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A back-draft explosion caused when crew members opened hatches before a fire suppression system had been activated apparently sank the fish processor Galaxy in 2002 near St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea, the Coast Guard said in Anchorage. Oxygen reintroduced to a fire burning in the ship's engine room probably caused the explosion and accelerated the engine room fire, the Coast Guard said. Three men died, including one blown off the ship in the explosion.
WORLD
May 17, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Officials said 67 passengers were dead and more than 35 were missing after an overloaded ferry sank in stormy weather. The double-deck ferry capsized Sunday in the mouth of the Bura Gauranga River 90 miles south of Dhaka, the capital. Nearly 50 passengers survived.
NATIONAL
May 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The crew of a nuclear submarine that struck an undersea mountain in the Pacific Ocean this year did not adequately review navigation charts that warned of an obstacle in the vessel's path, according to a Navy report released Saturday. The submarine San Francisco was on the way to Australia when the accident occurred Jan. 8 about 360 miles southeast of Guam, killing one sailor and injuring 97 others. The mountain did not appear on the chart being used for navigation.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The former director of the Staten Island ferry pleaded guilty to manslaughter and lying to federal investigators in the October 2003 crash that killed 11 passengers. Patrick Ryan, who expressed remorse at federal court in Brooklyn for neglecting to implement safety rules requiring two pilots in the wheel house during operation of the ferry, faces six months to a year in prison. The ferry crashed after pilot Richard Smith blacked out and there was no backup to take over the steering.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A seven-story wave damaged a cruise ship returning from the Bahamas over the weekend, smashing windows and flooding 62 cabins, Norwegian Cruise Line said. Four passengers suffered cuts and bruises. The Norwegian Dawn was diverted from its route when the ship ran into rough weather on the way back to New York on Saturday. The 965-foot-long vessel docked in Charleston harbor for repairs, and departed early Sunday after a Coast Guard inspection, officials said.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2005 | From Associated Press
The captain of a freighter that ran aground in the Aleutian Islands and broke apart, spilling more than 335,000 gallons of fuel, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of making a false statement to federal investigators. Kailash Bhushan Singh, 53, of New Delhi was sentenced to three years' probation, which he will be allowed to serve in his own country. Singh admitted in U.S.
NATIONAL
March 22, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A commercial fish processing ship with 204 people aboard was drifting in the stormy waters of the Gulf of Alaska after its steering system failed, the Coast Guard said. The 325-foot Independence, which called for help, was tossing around in 20-foot seas in blowing snow whipped by winds as high as 60 mph, Coast Guard officials said. "They're getting pounded pretty good," said Chief Petty Officer Roger Wetherell. "There's a lot of potential for injuries."
WORLD
February 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A Bangladeshi ferry sank during a tropical storm overnight, leaving at least 37 people dead and 150 missing, rescue officials said today. The double-decker MV Maharaj was carrying about 200 people when it capsized in Buriganga River just outside the capital, Dhaka, the officials said.
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