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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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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.
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.
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