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Pontoon Boat Is Swept Over Dam; 1 Dead

Another 8 are rescued

(Newser) - Tragic, but it could have been much worse: Authorities rescued eight people who were aboard a pontoon boat when it got swept up in the current on Maryland's Lake Linganore yesterday and went over a dam, reports the Frederick News Post . They could not, however, save the boat's... More »

Hundreds More Bodies Recovered From China Ship

Death toll is nearly 400

(Newser) - Disaster teams searched the Yangtze River today for dozens of missing bodies from the Eastern Star as the death toll in the cruiser's capsizing rose to nearly 400, making it China's deadliest boat disaster in nearly seven decades. The death toll rose to 396 after hundreds of more... More »

Lake Disaster Survivors Sang, Prayed for Hours

Group was on 'one last run' on Bear Lake when boat capsized

(Newser) - Two teenage girls who survived a boating accident in Utah's Bear Lake say they felt an unexplainable presence protecting them. "They felt as if someone lifted them out of the boat and placed them in the water a safe distance from the boat," the father of Tiffany... More »

Dad, 3 Girls Die in Lake's 'Worst Tragedy'

Says Utah doctor's mom, 'I feel that's why he died, trying to save the others'

(Newser) - In what a Utah county sheriff tells Fox 13 is the "single worst tragedy I have seen on this lake," a Utah man, his two daughters, and their teenage friend died when a boating trip on Bear Lake went horribly wrong on Monday. Details of the hours after... More »

400 Feared Lost in 'Most Dangerous Stretch of Water'

Thousands more migrants were saved over the weekend

(Newser) - As many as 400 Libyan migrants are feared dead after the boat they were in capsized in the Mediterranean Sea this weekend, the BBC reports. Italian search and rescue teams have saved roughly 145 people and recovered nine bodies from the accident so far, but survivors claim as many as... More »

Signal Fire Requested by Police Kills Boating Survivor

It quickly spread to engulf boat after accident in Canada

(Newser) - A fatal boating accident in Canada last year is raising questions about the amount of time it took for authorities to arrive on the scene. But one detail reported by the Toronto Star is especially unsettling: When survivor Rob Dorzek called 911 to get help for himself and his three... More »

How a Paralyzed Groom Walked Down the Aisle

Matt Ficarra relied on a bionic exoskeleton

(Newser) - There weren't many dry eyes when Matt Ficarra walked down the aisle with his new wife, Jordan Basile—and not just because the occasion was his wedding. The Syracuse, NY, man has been paralyzed from his chest down since he broke his neck in a boating accident in 2011.... More »

Connecticut Teen Killed in Freak Boating Accident

2 girls in inner tube somehow fell, crashed into boat's propeller

(Newser) - What was supposed to be a fun summer afternoon for four teenage girls turned tragic yesterday when a freak boating accident killed one 16-year-old and seriously injured another. Two of the teens from Greenwich, Conn., were in an inner tube being pulled by the other two teens in a boat... More »

Italy Recovering Bodies From Sunken Boat

Death toll stands at 14 'at the moment'

(Newser) - A boat crowded with migrants sank today in the Mediterranean just beyond Libya's territorial waters, leaving at least 14 dead, said the Italian Navy, which helped rescue more than 200 survivors. The Navy said "at the moment 14 bodies have been recovered." There was no estimate of... More »

School VP Rescued From Ferry Found Hanged

He apparently killed himself, was found hanging from tree

(Newser) - A high school vice principal who was aboard the doomed South Korean ferry with more than 300 students from his school was one of the first to be rescued—but today he was found dead. Kang Min Kyu, 52, apparently hanged himself from a tree, using a belt, CNN reports.... More »

Report: Just One Lifeboat Deployed as Ferry Sank

287 passengers still missing

(Newser) - The doomed South Korean ferry had 46 lifeboats, but according to a report from CNN's South Korean affiliate YTN, just one was deployed as the ferry sank yesterday. CNN has not independently confirmed the report, though video from another network shows at least 12 survival capsules, which house the... More »

Scores May Be Trapped Inside Sunken Ferry in S. Korea

Most passengers were high school students

(Newser) - At least four people are confirmed dead and nearly 300 are missing after a passenger ferry carrying 476 people—including more than 300 high school students and their teachers—sank off South Korea's coast this morning, reports Yonhap . Divers, helicopters, and dozens of boats scrambled to pluck people from... More »

India Tourist Ferry Sinks, Kills 21

13 rescued as officials seek 9 missing

(Newser) - A boat carrying local tourists capsized today in India's Andaman Sea in the Bay of Bengal, killing 21 people, officials said. Thirteen were rescued, said top Administrator P. Jawahar. Rescuers were looking for another nine people believed to be missing, CNN-IBN television news channel reported. The boat sank off... More »

Religious Family Abandons US ... Act of God Sends It Right Back

Sailed away to avoid gov't control

(Newser) - Fed up with what they saw as government interference in religion, an Arizona family decided to abandon America, get on a boat, and "see where God led us." Turns out, God led them ... right back to the US. Make of that what you will. The family, Hannah Gastonguay,... More »

Bride-to-Be Killed in Boat Crash

Body believed to be Lindsey Stewart; best man still missing

(Newser) - A body pulled from the Hudson River today is believed to be that of 30-year-old Lindsey Stewart, a bride-to-be who went missing yesterday when a boat she and other wedding party members were on crashed last night, CNN reports. The best man, Mark Lennon, is still missing. Four others were... More »

Seas Scoured After Philippines Ferry Sinks

About 60 were aboard inter-island vessel, 54 rescued so far

(Newser) - Ships and helicopters were scouring seas in the central Philippines for survivors of a ferry that sank early this morning with about 60 people aboard. Two people have died, and 54 have been rescued, officials said. The inter-island ferry left Pio Duran port in Albay province and sank three hours... More »

Crewman Survives 2 Days in Underwater Shipwreck

Cook found an air pocket and hung on til help came

(Newser) - Reuters has an amazing tale of survival from Nigeria, where the cook on a tugboat spent 60 hours trapped underwater in the sunken vessel and lived to explain how. Harrison Okene managed to find a 4-foot-high pocket of air after getting trapped in a toilet and its adjoining bedroom... More »

Oil Spill Off Louisiana After Boat Hits Old Wellhead

Coast Guard responding

(Newser) - A 42-foot boat last night hit a wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico, causing it to leak a blend of oil and water off of the Louisiana coast, the Coast Guard reports. The wellhead is owned by Swift Energy, which says it has been inactive since December 2007. The Coast... More »

Family Goes Missing in Pacific After SOS

Family tried to make life raft out of cooler: Coast Guard

(Newser) - Two adults and two children, both under age 8, are missing at sea off the San Francisco coast, the Coast Guard says. The family was in a 29-foot sailboat named Charm Blow when it started taking on water yesterday afternoon about 65 miles off the coast of Pillar Point. One... More »

Oil Tanker Hits San Francisco's Bay Bridge

No oil spill reported after crash

(Newser) - An empty oil tanker sideswiped a tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog yesterday but the Coast Guard believes no oil was spilled into the bay. A large amount of absorbent boom was deployed as a precaution after the crash, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. There was... More »

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