At Least 42 Drowned in Lake Victoria Ferry Sinking, Officials Say Death Toll Could Top 200

By Nuzulack Dausen DAR ES SALAAM, Sept 20 (Reuters) - At least 42 people drowned when a ferry sank on Thursday in Tanzania's Lake Victoria and government officials feared the final death toll could be more than 200, a senior local official said. Ukerewe District Commissioner Colonel Lucas Magembe told Reuters that the rescue mission to find survivors from the disaster had … [Read more...]

Dozens Dead After Thai Tourist Boat Capsizes in Rough Seas

By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Chayut Setboonsarng BANGKOK, July 6 (Reuters) - Thai rescuers deployed helicopters on Friday to search for 23 people missing after a boat carrying Chinese tourists sank, with one official saying he feared "no chance" of any more survivors, which would mean nearly 60 dead. The confirmed death toll from the accident off the resort island of Phuket … [Read more...]

Captain Managed to Steer Sinking Indonesian Ferry Onto Reef, But 31 Reported Dead

JAKARTA, July 4 (Reuters) - The captain of a sinking Indonesian ferry managed to steer his ship onto a reef to enable the evacuation of more than 100 passengers, but 31 people drowned as the vessel floundered in stormy seas, officials said on Wednesday. The latest ferry disaster in Indonesia, which happened on Tuesday near Sulawesi island, came two weeks after an overcrowded … [Read more...]

Indonesia Questions Captain After Ferry Sinks in Lake; At Least 192 People Missing

By Fergus Jensen TIGARAS, Indonesia, June 21 (Reuters) - Indonesian police on Thursday questioned the captain of a ferry that sank without trace in a volcanic lake in Sumatra this week, warning that a criminal investigation could be launched over a disaster that has left at least 192 people missing. Desperate relatives awaiting news of loved ones prayed and sang hymns at the … [Read more...]