South Korean Prime Minister Resigns Over Government Response to Ferry Disaster

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-+*By Narae Kim SEOUL, April 27 (Reuters) – South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won announced his resignation on Sunday over the government response to the ferry disaster, in which it was first announced that everyone had been rescued, focusing attention on poor regulatory controls. The Sewol ferry sank on a routine trip south from the […]

Amateur Footage Inside Sunken Ferry Raises Big Questions

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-+*Trying to come up with a reasonable explanation for what happened on board the Sewol is a nearly impossible thing to do. At the risk of being too quick to judge, it seems abundantly clear the crew failed in their responsibility to safely evacuate the passengers on board, and frankly made decisions that has doomed […]

Four Dead, Scores Rescued, Many More Still Missing From South Korean Ferry

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-+*UPDATE: Six have no been confirmed killed and between 277 and 290 are still missing. By Narae Kim JINDO, South Korea, April 16 (Reuters) – More than 280 people, many of them students from the same high school, were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday, in what could be the country’s […]

Passenger Ship Capsizes off South Korea

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-+*Update: Nearly 300 people are believed to be either missing or unaccounted for, according to media reports citing officials. Earlier: A 6825 gross ton RoRo ship carrying 471 passengers has capsized this morning off South Korea while sailing from Incheon to Jeju Island. The ship began taking on water about 20 miles offshore Jeolla Province. More […]

Storm Over Parenting – Do Infants Belong At Sea?

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-+*By Jennifer Medina, New York Times — As her family began what was supposed to be a monthslong journey in a 36-foot sailboat from Mexico to New Zealand, Charlotte Kaufman wrote openly of her misgivings about taking her two daughters — ages 1 and 3 — to sail the South Pacific, with her husband as […]

500-Foot Log Carrier Abandoned in the Pacific

Twenty-four crew members are safe after abandoning ship approximately 440 miles west of Guam Monday.

-+*The U.S. Coast Guard reports today that twenty-four sailors from the M/V Rich Forest are now safe after being rescued by the bulk carrier CS Sunshine, 440 nautical miles west of Guam. The sailors were enroute to China with a cargo of logs when the ship’s engine room began to flood with 160 tons of water […]

Trying Very Hard To Die: The Preventable Disease in Commercial Fishing

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-+*Yesterday, the New York Times published an outstanding piece of journalism – A Speck in the Sea by Paul Tough. In it, Tough tells the story of John Aldridge, a Montauk lobsterman who fell overboard off Long Island this past summer. Aldridge spent 12 hours in the Atlantic using his boots for flotation until a […]

At Least 10 Dead as Bulk Carriers Sink Off China

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-+*Winter weather appears to be primary factor in the sinking of two merchant ships off China yesterday leaving at least 10 sailors confirmed dead. According to a report by the Shandong Maritime Safety Administration, the Zhejiang-registered bulk carrier Xing Dragon 65 suffered mechanical issues and foundered in heavy seas of Penglai, China, east of Beijing […]