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Florida Ferries Going to Cuba Again

Also, JetBlue adds a weekly flight from New York City

(Newser) - The US embargo on Cuba is still in place, but two developments today further suggest that its days are numbered:
  • Ferry service: Two companies have gotten approval from the US to begin running ferries from Florida to Cuba for the first time in 50 years, reports the Sun Sentinel . The
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Captain in Ferry Disaster Sentenced to Life in Prison

Lee Joon-seok previously only got 36 years

(Newser) - The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison today by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide. A district court in November had sentenced Lee Joon-seok to 36 years... More »

Italy: Nearly 100 Unaccounted for in Ferry Disaster

But records of passengers remain a confusing mess

(Newser) - There are still 98 people unaccounted for in the Greek ferry disaster, according to an Italian prosecutor, but that number is really murky: As the AP reports, discrepancies in the ship's records and a chaotic rescue effort mean officials don't know whether these people ever boarded the Norman... More »

2 Sailors Killed in Recovery of Stricken Ferry

As distress call comes in from another ship in the region

(Newser) - Two Albanian sailors are the latest casualties in the Greek ferry disaster , killed today when they were hit by a line during attempts to secure the still-smoldering Norman Atlantic. One man died instantly, reports the AP ; the other died as medics worked on him. Dutch firm Smit Salvage is overseeing... More »

Rescued Ferry Rider: 'We Experienced the Titanic'

Passengers describe chaos, trampling; 7 now confirmed dead

(Newser) - Simultaneously battling driving rain, gale-force winds , freezing temperatures, flames, and smoke, Italian and Greek rescuers have painstakingly plucked all of more than 400 passengers and crew from a blazing ferry in the Adriatic Sea, reports CNN . In the course of the daylong rescue, they came upon four more bodies from... More »

1 Dead, Hundreds Still Stuck in Greek Ferry Disaster

Officials fighting gale-force winds, rough waters

(Newser) - A fire erupted on a ferry carrying 478 people from Greece to Italy today, leaving one person dead and trapping hundreds on top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered evacuation. The Italian Navy said that the victim and an injured person were transported by helicopter to the southern... More »

In Gale-Force Wind, Greece Evacuating Burning Ferry

Norman Atlantic in gale-force winds with nearly 500 aboard

(Newser) - A ferry carrying nearly 500 people caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early today, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation. Greek and Italian Navy ships were heading to the area in a rescue effort. The fire broke out on... More »

S. Korean Ferry Captain Gets 36 Years

Lee Joon-seok acquitted of homicide

(Newser) - A South Korean ferry captain was sentenced today to 36 years in prison for negligence and abandoning passengers when his ship sank earlier this year, but the court acquitted him of homicide, concluding there was no proof he knew his actions would cause the more than 300 deaths that shocked... More »

Body Found in S. Korea Ferry —6 Months After It Sank

Grisly find, 1st since July, discovered in bathroom

(Newser) - It's been more than six months since the South Korean ferry Sewol sank in April, but the search for bodies hasn't stopped—and today, another body was found in the sunken ship. It was found in a women's bathroom on the fourth floor, CNN reports. The body... More »

125 Believed Dead in Latest Ferry Sinking

Bangladesh officials can't locate boat that sunk yesterday

(Newser) - Families of scores of people presumed dead after their ferry capsized in central Bangladesh accused authorities today of launching a feeble rescue effort and leaving their loved ones trapped inside the vessel for more than 24 hours. More than 200 people were believed to be on board the MV Pinak... More »

South Korean Kids: Crew Insisted We Stay in Ferry

They testify in crew's trial

(Newser) - Teens aboard the doomed South Korean ferry Sewol testified today as the trial of 15 crew members continues in the April tragedy. Five of the six kids faced away from listeners as they testified, while another testified from another room via video feed, Reuters reports. The teens called for harsh... More »

Hostile Families Confront Crew of Korea Ferry, Cry 'Murderer'

Emotions run wild at pre-trial hearing for 15 crew members

(Newser) - Grief-wracked family members of the 300-plus souls lost in the sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol today aimed their rage squarely at the 15 crewmembers accused of negligence, as the reeling country held a pre-trial hearing in the April 16 disaster. The AP describes "hostile spectators" who cried,... More »

Korea Ferry Crew Who Jumped Ship Indicted for Murder

Captain, 3 others could face death penalty

(Newser) - The captain and three other crew members who abandoned a ferry as it sank off the coast of South Korea with hundreds of passengers still on board have been indicted on murder charges. Another 11 crew members have been charged with negligence, reports Reuters . "The captain, a first officer... 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 »

Korea Ferry Routinely— and Severely—Overloaded

Disaster exposes huge chasms in maritime regulation

(Newser) - The doomed ferry Sewol exceeded its cargo limit on 246 trips—nearly every voyage it made in which it reported cargo—in the 13 months before it sank, according to documents that reveal vast regulatory failures. And it may have been more overloaded than ever on its final journey. One... More »

Doomed Ferry's Entire Navigation Crew in Custody

15 people have been detained or arrested

(Newser) - Four more crew members on the sunken South Korean ferry were detained today, meaning that all 15 people involved in navigating the doomed boat are now in custody, the AP reports. All of them are accused of negligence and failure to help passengers, 115 of whom are still missing with... More »

Ferry Tragedy: Stop Blaming the Drowned

Kai Ma takes exception to the media's culture blaming

(Newser) - The Sewol ferry disaster has left the world looking for answers, wondering who to blame. And an uncomfortable number of English-language media outlets have hit on an answer, Kai Ma at Time observes: South Korea's "culture of obedience." For example...
  • LA Times : The disaster and failed rescue
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Divers Find 48 Girls Crammed In Ferry Cabin

Life vests may have actually hindered escapes

(Newser) - Divers searching the sunken Sewol ferry found the bodies of 48 girls inside a single cabin with a capacity of 30, officials announced today. They believe the passengers all rushed into the same room as the ship began to sink, CNN reports. Like most of the bodies found in the... More »

Wrenching Ferry Find: Boy, Girl Bound By Life Vests

Slow recovery of victims continues in South Korea

(Newser) - As the slow recovery of bodies from the sunken ferry in South Korea continues, Reuters has this sad dispatch: A diver searching the vessel came across the bodies of a boy and girl who had tied their life vests together. "I started to cry thinking that they didn't... More »

Hope Looks Lost in Ferry Search

No air pockets found as toll rises to 156

(Newser) - Hope for more survivors in the South Korea ferry disaster is fading after divers were unable to find air pockets on the ship's third and fourth floors; that's where they believed passengers might have been, CNN reports. Authorities have now recovered 156 bodies, and hundreds of people gathered... More »

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