Whale Boat Sinks

The sixty-five foot cruiser, Leviathan II, operated by Jamie’s Whale Watching, with 27 whale watchers aboard went down near Tofino on the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre is searching around Plover Point. Plover Point is a popular area to watch sea lions, but there are rocks nearby that must be avoided. BC Ambulance Service confirms three fatalities. Two patients were flown to critical care hospitals. Four were driven to hospitals and five are recuperating at home. The exact number of those missing is unknown. The boat sank near Plover Reefs, west of Vargas Island and northwest of Tofino.

Migrant boat sinks off Libya, 700 Dead

28 people were rescued and 24 bodies recovered around 70 miles from the coast of Libya after a fishing boat capsized overnight. As many as 700 migrants escaping poverty and war in sub-Saharan Africa may have died when the boat capsized. 17 navy, coast guard, and merchant ships and a Maltese patrol boat, and air support are involved in the search-and-rescue operation, which are being coordinated in Rome.

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Sewol and Costa Concordia: two sea tragedies strikingly alike

“A case of Schettino in Korea” has been the recurring headline in Italian newspapers in the past few days – a reference to the Italian liner’s captain now on trial for an accident in which 32 people lost their lives.
The same number of people are now confirmed dead in the Sewol tragedy, while 270 people are still missing.

As frustration and despair run high in the South Korean republic, everyone’s attention has focused on the 69 year old captain Lee Joon-Seok, who, witnesses say, chose to flee the tilted ship without a minute-long hesitation. Earlier on Friday he was arrested along with two of his crew members. Here are five similarities between the disasters
Captain in charge
Delayed evacuation
Captain leaves
Capsized ship
Difficult rescue

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Nearly 200 Missing After Boat Capsizes in River in Mali

A boat carrying hundreds of passengers along the Niger River in central Mali capsized, and nearly 200 people remained unaccounted for hours later, the mayor of a nearby town said Saturday.

Twenty bodies had been recovered by midday, said the mayor of the town, Konna. At least 400 passengers were believed to have been on board the vessel on Friday as it traveled north to Timbuktu, but only 210 survivors had been counted so far, said the mayor, Sory Diakite.

One passenger, Ibrahim Yattara, 29, said he and his pregnant wife were sleeping on the boat late Friday when they awoke to a loud noise.

“It was then that the ship collapsed because it was overloaded with cargo,” Mr. Yattara said. “With the excess weight, it broke into two pieces. I started to swim and looked for my wife, but after a while the boat was completely underwater.”
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Report into boat accident says ship was in poor condition –

A REPORT into the sinking of tourist boat – ‘the Vixen’ – last September has said the tourist boat that sank on Loch Lomond causing five passengers to jump into the water was in “poor condition”.
The report follows an inquiry from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (Maib) which found a series of failings in the condition of the boat and its operation.

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101 years after Titanic sinking: a comparison to Costa Concordia

two weeks shy of the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912. Naturally the date won’t get the attention that the 100 year anniversary did, but it’s worthy of note. Meanwhile, with the passage of this last year more information has come to light regarding another giant maritime disaster, the sinking, or listing over, of the Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia. That tragedy saw 32 passengers and crew die while

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4 fishermen missing in sea off Mindoro

MANILA — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Monday that four fishermen have been reported missing in the sea off Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro since Saturday. A tropical storm that roughed up seas and dumped torrents of monsoon rains has left one person dead and caused barges to smash into dozens of shanties along Manila Bay. Four unidentified fishermen from Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro were reported missing after setting sail on Sunday. The fishermen were riding in pairs in two small boats when they left. They were supposed to be back Sunday.

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90 Still Missing After Boat Capsizes off Indonesia

An international search effort was under way on Friday to locate possible survivors from a fishing vessel carrying some 200 people believed to be seeking asylum in Australia after the boat capsized in rough seas south of the main Indonesian island of Java. Ships and aircraft found more bodies but no survivors Friday while searching for scores of men still missing after a boat carrying about 200

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