China Races To Rescue Passengers From Capsized River Cruise Ship

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by Zhe Huang (Bloomberg) Rescuers in central China scrambled to find survivors from the cruise ship Eastern-Star carrying more than 400 people that overturned in the Yangtze river Monday night, with state media reporting this morning that Premier Li Keqiang was en route to oversee those efforts. The ship capsized after being caught in a cyclone as it was … [Read more...]

UPDATE: Chinese River Ship Capsizes In Storm, 458 People Aboard


WUHAN, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The BBC is reporting that a passenger ship carrying 458 people sank Monday night in the Hubei section of China's Yangtze River. The ship, named Dongfangzhixing (Eastern Star), sank at around 9:28 p.m. in the Jianli (Hubei Province) section of the Yangtze River, according to the Yangtze River navigation administration. The captain and the chief … [Read more...]

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning


Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on gCaptain in June 2010 and is reposted every Memorial Day Weekend by popular demand. Many thanks to the parents who have over the years shared this important information. Please Click HERE to share this article with your facebook friends. By Mario Vittone The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and … [Read more...]

Playing Pirate Does Not a Sailor Make

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When I first read of the rescue of the tall ship Liana's Ransom, I contacted friends in the tall ship community to express my sadness at the loss of the vessel, and relief that the crew survived the ordeal. "Liana who?" was the common response. "That's not a 'tall ship,' Mario," they said. "It's probably one of those wanna-be pirate ships, a tourist-attraction powerboat. The … [Read more...]

Crewboat Evacuated After Catching Fire in the Gulf of Mexico

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The 113-foot crewboat GIS Leonce suffered an engine fire this evening forcing the evacuation of the vessel south of Louisiana.  Upon notification of the evacuation, the Coast Guard scrambled air assets from New Orleans and Mobile as a potential search and rescue mission began to unfold. The offshore supply vessel Nicki Candies was in the vicinity and rescued the crew and put … [Read more...]

Stubborn in the Face Of Imminent Death, a Ship Captain Intervenes

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In October 2014, Captain Joshua Bhatt and the crew on board the bulk carrier CS Caprice, a ship owned by the Bahamas-based Campbell Shipping Company Ltd, was called upon to rescue 510 migrants and bring them to safety in Italy. The CS Caprice story highlights a happy ending for a group of migrants who found themselves in an unbelievably precarious situation on the open ocean, … [Read more...]

Offshore Worker Falls into Barents Sea from Drilling Rig

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Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) reports today a worker fell from the semi-submersible drilling rig Scarabeo 8 into the Barents Sea today. The rig was opearting at the Goliat Field at the time of the incident. After being recovered by the Esvagt Aurora, the person involved was sent to Hammerfest Hospital with minor injuries, according to the PSA. Operations on … [Read more...]