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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."
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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.
WORLD
February 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A freighter sank in the North Atlantic off the Faroe Islands, killing four crew members and leaving two others missing, police said. Four Estonians and a Russian were rescued by helicopter. The M/V Joekulfell, with a crew of 11, capsized 75 miles northeast of the Faroes in 20-foot waves. The freighter was loaded with 2,180 tons of construction steel, containers and 58,664 gallons of gas oil, which is a type of crude used for diesel engines and sometimes for heating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Using this morning's high tide as leverage, a tugboat crew will try to dislodge a 165-foot ship that ran aground in Newport Beach over the weekend. The Eland, a steel-hulled, 298-ton vessel, lodged into the ocean floor while helping dredge Santa Ana River storm-drain channels Sunday morning. Long Beach-based Sauce Brothers Ocean Towing has been hired to tow the ship free during today's 8:17 a.m. peak tide, authorities said.
NATIONAL
February 1, 2005 | From Associated Press
A Semester at Sea research vessel with about 700 college students aboard limped into Honolulu Harbor on Monday, five days after a 50-foot wave tossed the ship around in heavy seas, damaging three of its four engines and injuring two crew members. The wave broke furniture and computers on the ship, and students were forced to sit on the floor for classes for several days after the incident Wednesday morning.
WORLD
January 26, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A speedboat packed with tourists capsized as it headed to the Thai island of Koh Samui after a beach party, killing at least seven people, including a U.S. man and three other Westerners, officials said. Twenty-five people were reported missing.
WORLD
January 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
North Korea allowed a South Korean police ship to pass through its waters on a rescue mission for 14 missing crewmen after a cargo vessel sank. It was the first time the North had given such permission. The South Korean ship Pioneer sank in international waters about 185 miles off North Korea's eastern coast. Four of the ship's 18 crewmen were rescued, but the others remained missing.
NATIONAL
January 18, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Bering Sea had calmed slightly as the Coast Guard resumed its search for three people missing from a crab boat that sank in stormy weather. A man lost overboard from another boat was presumed dead and the search for him was suspended. Three crew members of the 92-foot Big Valley were found by the Coast Guard after the boat sank -- all wearing bulky survival suits -- but only one was alive. Three other crewmen remain missing.
NATIONAL
January 5, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Salvagers have removed the first oil from a freighter broken in two off the coast. The salvage team used a heavy-lift helicopter to remove three oil tanks from the stern of the Selendang Ayu, which grounded and broke apart Dec. 8 off Unalaska Island.
NATIONAL
January 3, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Five fishermen killed when their boat, Northern Edge, capsized in a December storm were honored at a memorial service. About 300 friends, family and politicians, including Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), filled the 173-year-old Seamen's Bethel in New Bedford, home port to 280 fishing vessels. "Five more men of courage and determination have gone from our midst and will not return to shore," said the Rev. Kenneth Garrett, the church's chaplain.
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