A year after the wreck the Costa Concordia left its waters, the picture-perfect Italian island is struggling to stay afloat economically. If you had asked anyone on this Tuscan island last July what life would be like without the Costa Concordia shipwreck, you likely would have heard it would be better without the hulking cruise ship slumped on its shores. Now the residents of this picture-perfect paradise now kind of miss the massive wreck.
The Kim Nirvana, a Philippine ferry was a motor banca, a large canoe-shaped boat. Today it rolled to one side when it reversed course after backing out of Ormoc pier, and capsized, killing at least 38 of those aboard the 33-tonne, wooden-hulled vessel. There were officially 173 passengers and 16 crew members aboard.
It sank fast. By afternoon, only a small section of the underbelly could be seen above water. As rescuers found passengers clinging to the hull and swimming for land, they pulled survivors from the sea and carried them ashore in rubber dinghys. They are continuing to search the deep water where this happened 656 feet from the shore.
At least 118 survivors have been rescued. There are perhaps 38 dead and 33 missing , but the numbers are changing. EMTs put the injured on stretchers; 53 were hospitalized. Over two dozen passengers walked home. Relatives of the missing are standing by.
Kim Nirvana’s destination was Pilar Island. Authorities wonder how the accident happened in calm waters, Was the ferry Unbalanced? Overbooked? navigational error? The investigation will tell.
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California Maritime Academy cadets aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear GOLDEN BEAR completing a training cruise off the coast of Spain received a distress call from a small group of Algerian men.
Cadets immediately came to the group’s assistance with food, water, supplies and support until Spanish authorities arrived.