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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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