Fire breaks out aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship


A fire that broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean ship Monday did enough damage that the rest of the cruise was canceled and the company said the more than 2,200 passengers will be flown from the Bahamas back to Baltimore where the trip began.
The fire that began at 2:50 a.m. Monday was extinguished about two hours later with no injuries reported. A cause wasn’t immediately known. The Grandeur of the Seas, which left Baltimore on Friday, never lost power and was able to sail into port in Freeport, Bahamas, Monday afternoon. It had been planned to be a seven-night cruise.

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Chinese boat hits Philippine reef; bad ride for wildlife; filled with meat of protected species

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Chinese vessel that ran into a protected coral reef in the southwestern Philippines held evidence of even more environmental destruction inside: more than 10,000 kilograms (22,000 pounds) of meat from a protected species, the pangolin or scaly anteater. The steel-hulled vessel hit an atoll on April 8 at the Tubbataha National Marine Park, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site on Palawan island. Coast guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo said Monday that 400 boxes, each containing 25 to 30 kilograms of frozen pangolins, were discovered during a second inspection of the boat Saturday at Tubbataha national marine park.

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Italy prosecutors wind up Costa Concordia ship investigation

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GROSSETO, Italy (Reuters) – Prosecutors have concluded their investigation into the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner in which 32 people died and are preparing to seek a trial for its captain and seven other people. Captain Francesco Schettino is accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship, which was carrying some 4,000 passengers and crew when it hit rocks and capsized after he brought it too close to the island of Giglio.

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Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino Claims ‘Shocking Truth’

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Captain Francesco Schettino gained infamy in January after abandoning his cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, when it sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio in Italy. Schettino allegedly piloted the liner too close to shore as a “salute,” which ended in disaster and the deaths of 32 people.Dubbed “Captain Coward” by the press, Schettino has faced a wave of criticism over the tragedy, which cost him his job, and may result in charges of manslaughter.

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Hearing shows captain to blame for Italy ship disaster: prosecutor

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A pre-trial hearing in Italy this week on the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that cost 32 lives has put the responsibility for the disaster squarely on the shoulders of Captain Francesco Schettino, prosecutors said on Friday. Schettino is accused of manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship before the evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and crew was complete. He has admitted making mistakes but says he should not be the only person blamed.
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Watch Costa Concordia Documentary Online Free

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In an exclusive, National Geographic Channel will take viewers on the gripping passage to death and drama on high-seas when the ill-fated  Costa Concordia , sunk off the coast of Italy on the 13th of January 2012. Suspense-filled, the documentary pieces together survivor testimony along with footage taken during the ship’s evacuation, using footage from images captured on cameras and mobile phones during the journey and in the dramatic and hectic hours as the ship went down.
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