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Text From Passenger on Ferry: 'Dad, Don't Worry'

Search continues with 290 missing

(Newser) - With angry, grieving relatives looking on from shore, South Korean divers continued to search for any sign of the roughly 290 people still missing from yesterday's ferry sinking , reports Reuters . Of the 475 people on board—most of them teenagers—179 were rescued and six have been confirmed dead.... 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 »

Google's Latest Perk for Workers: Commuter Ferry

Ferry makes 2 runs in morning, 2 in evening

(Newser) - Google's latest infrastructure project is a private catamaran ferry to help get its workers to the office. Google reportedly began contracting an 83-foot, 149-passenger ferry called Triumphant on Monday on a trial basis. Triumphant reportedly makes two runs each in the morning and evening between San Francisco and Redwood... More »

Italy Detains Alleged Shipwreck Captain

He'll face charges for deadly migrant boating disaster

(Newser) - Italian police have detained the man they believe was piloting the ship full of immigrants that capsized last week , and are considering charging him with manslaughter or even murder for the many killed in the incident. Khaled Bensalam, 35, has been arrested and expelled from Italy in the past for... More »

170 Still Missing in Ferry Accident

200 might be dead after Philippines collision

(Newser) - A ferry accident in the Philippines yesterday might result in the grim total of about 200 deaths. So far, 32 bodies have been found, but another 170 are missing, reports AFP . Authorities fear most were trapped inside the ferry after it collided with a cargo ship near the busy port... 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 »

Ferry Crew Passes Alcohol Test

Cause of this morning's accident still undetermined

(Newser) - It's still not clear what caused a high-speed ferry loaded with hundreds of commuters from New Jersey to crash into a dock in lower Manhattan today. Police said the crew of the Seastreak Wall Street passed alcohol breath tests given after the crash. Scores of people who had been... More »

Ferry Crashes in Manhattan

30-50 people injured

(Newser) - A ferry came crashing into its dock in Manhattan's financial district at rush hour this morning, sending passengers flying and crashing into one another and ripping open one corner of the ship "like a tin can," the AP reports. Officials say more than 70 people were injured.... More »

Six Arrested in Deadly Hong Kong Ferry Collision

37 dead, including 5 children

(Newser) - The death toll in yesterday's Hong Kong ferry collision is now at 37, including five children, and six crew members have been arrested in the tragedy—one of the worst maritime accidents in Hong Kong in decades. The crew members, three from each boat involved, "are being investigated... More »

25 Dead in Hong Kong Ferry Tragedy

40 survivors have been taken to a hospital

(Newser) - Twenty-five people are dead after a ferry carrying 121 passengers collided with a tug boat and sank south of Hong Kong today, the BBC ports. Rescue crews scrambled to the scene, pulling all but one from the waters off of Lamma Island and taking 40 to a hospital. Lamma is... More »

India Ferry Capsizes, Kills 103

100 missing as bad weather triggers tragedy

(Newser) - Police say a packed ferry has capsized in heavy wind and rain in remote northeastern India, leaving at least 103 people dead and 100 others missing. Details were sketchy because bad weather and the remoteness of the area hampered communication. Assam state police chief JN Choudhury says the accident occurred... More »

Bangladesh Ferry Sinks, Kills 31

Dozens more missing

(Newser) - A ferry packed with some 200 people collided with another vessel and capsized in a river in southern Bangladesh today, killing 31 people and leaving dozens more missing. About 35 people were rescued after the ferry sank on the Meghna River after colliding with a cargo boat early in the... More »

238 Saved, 112 Still Missing in Ferry Wreck

No bodies yet found in Papua New Guinea wreck

(Newser) - Rescuers have managed to find 238 survivors of the ferry that sank off Papua New Guinea yesterday and get them to safety—but that still leaves 112 of the 350 who were aboard the Rabaul Queen unaccounted for, the New York Times reports. Search teams, which are using three ships,... More »

Papua New Guinea Ferry Sinks With 350 Onboard

Helicopters, merchant ships join frantic rescue effort

(Newser) - Hundreds of people are missing and feared dead after a ferry with up to 350 people on board sank off Papua New Guinea's northern coast. Merchant ships that arrived on the scene after the Rabaul Queen sent a distress signal have rescued 28 people, and helicopters have joined the... More »

Big Hips Sink Ships, So Ferry Rules Are Changing

As passengers grow, Coast Guard stability rules are reducing number of travelers

(Newser) - Anchors away. Americans are getting bigger so ferries in Washington will be carrying fewer of them for safety's sake. Officials are trimming the capacity of the state's ferries after having raised the estimated weight of travelers from 160 pounds to 185 pounds, notes AP . The largest ferry system... More »

Hundreds Missing in 2 Ferry Accidents

600 aboard vessel in Tanzania; smaller accident in China

(Newser) - Separate ferry accidents in Tanzania and China have taken a heavy toll:
  • Tanzania: An overcrowded ship with about 600 people capsized in rough seas after leaving port at Dar es Salaam. At least 40 are dead and about 370 missing. The rest were rescued, reports AP . Relatives are livid the
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Egypt Bus Slides Off Ferry Into Nile; 17 Dead

10 people rescued, but others are missing

(Newser) - An Egyptian security official says a bus fell off a ferry into the Nile River and that at least 17 people drowned in the accident. The official says the minibus was packed with 32 passengers, mostly mourners heading to a funeral across the river, when the accident took place early... More »

Ferry Workers Fight to Keep 'Vomit Pay'

Washington state senator says it's an unfair perk

(Newser) - Washington state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen thinks it’s time to get rid of a benefit long enjoyed by the state’s ferry workers: cleaning up puke. Thanks to the so-called “vomit clause” in workers' contracts, they get paid double-time whenever they have to mop up after a hurling... More »

Americans Evacuated From Libya Finally Reach Malta

167 US citizens trapped by storm reach safe harbor

(Newser) - A ferry carrying Americans and other foreigners evacuated from Libya has finally arrived in Malta, the AP reports. Though the US and other governments recommended that their citizens leave Libya when the current unrest started earlier this week, the 167 Americans and 118 other foreigners were stuck at the Tripoli... More »

Staten Island Ferry Hits Dock; Dozens Injured

None life-threatening; cause appears to be mechanical failure

(Newser) - A Staten Island ferry with a history of accidents lost power as it approached its terminal today and smashed into a pier with a jolt that tossed passengers to the deck and hurt as many as 37 people. The cause appeared to be mechanical failure. Seventeen people were taken by... More »

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