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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 »

Survivors: There Were Heroes Among Ferry Crew

As death toll passes 100

(Newser) - Members of the sunken South Korean ferry's crew have been likened to "murderers," and two more were detained today, the BBC reports. But some of them, the AP notes, were actually heroes, survivors say. Four gave up their life jackets for passengers amid a shortage; others broke... More »

Ferry Toll Hits 87 as Tragic Story Takes Shape

Inexperienced crewmember in charge of steering

(Newser) - At least 87 people have died in South Korea's ferry disaster , leaving 215 still missing; the tragedy has prompted South Korean president to call the actions of the captain and some of the crew "akin to murder," CNN reports. The crew "told the passengers to stay... More »

Transcript: Ferry So Listed Escape Was 'Impossible'

As death toll pushes to 58

(Newser) - With 58 people now dead and 244 still missing in the South Korean ferry sinking, CNN picks up a transcript of a conversation between a crewmember of the doomed ship and the Jindo Vehicle Traffic Service. As the Sewol sank, the crew radioed: "Our ship is listing and may... More »

3 More Bodies Raise Ferry Death Toll to 32

Relatives start giving DNA swabs to help identify victims

(Newser) - South Korean coast guard officials say they've found three more bodies from the capsized ferry, raising the death toll to 32. The latest were recovered today, three days after the ferry sank. The vessel is now completely submerged, and relatives have begun giving DNA swabs to help identify bodies... More »

Captain Charged; Teacher's Suicide Note Is Wrenching

'Spread my ashes over the ship sinking site'

(Newser) - The captain of the capsized South Korean ferry is in custody and charged with five offenses that could land him in prison for the rest of his life, reports CNN . The charges against 69-year-old Lee Joon-seok boil down to negligence, both leading up to the accident and after it. "... More »

Arrest Warrant Issued for Doomed Ferry's Captain

Investigators say he wasn't at helm when accident occurred

(Newser) - This might better explain why the captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized has been so reluctant to face the public: Investigators say he wasn't at the helm when the ship ran into trouble, report the BBC and Reuters . "He may have been off the bridge,"... 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 »

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 »

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