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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.
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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
December 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Thirty migrants drowned over the weekend when their boat sank as it headed for Spain's Canary Islands, port sources in the Mauritanian port of Nouadhibou said. Most of the dead were believed to be Mauritanian nationals, although they included two Senegalese, the sources said, adding that Mauritania's coast guard rescued 14 people. It was not clear why the boat sank.
WORLD
October 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
An Israeli-registered ship is suspected of hitting a Japanese fishing boat that capsized earlier this week, killing seven crew members, the Japanese coast guard said. Japan, which investigated the whereabouts of several ships seen in the area, was told by South Korean authorities that an Israeli ship showing signs of a collision had docked in the South Korean port of Busan, coast guard spokesman Osamu Kon said.
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.
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.
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