Eight Survivors Recovered From Missing Kiribati Ferry

by Stephen Coates (Reuters) - New Zealand military planes on Monday were scouring a section of the Pacific Ocean for more survivors from the missing ferry MV Butiraoi after eight people were rescued from a dingy that was adrift for days. The survivors, including an unconscious teenage girl, were safely transferred to a nearby fishing vessel late on Sunday, Defence Force Air … [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...]

Owner of Overloaded Bangladesh Ferry Arrested on Murder Charges

By Ruma Paul DHAKA, Aug 13 (Reuters) - A special Bangladesh anti-crime unit on Wednesday arrested the owner of a ferry that sank in a river killing about 110 people, the first time authorities took such action in a country where shipping accidents with heavy loss of life are common. The ferry capsized and sank during bad weather on Aug. 4 in a river swelled by monsoon … [Read more...]

Cell Phone Video Captures Sinking of Bangladesh Ferry, 133 Still Missing

By Serajul Quadir DHAKA, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Authorities in Bangladesh investigating the sinking of a ferry with nearly 250 people on board have lodged murder charges against the owner and five others, including the captain, taking an unprecedented step in a country where such disasters are all too common. The ferry, the MV Pinak-6, went down on Monday in a river swelled by … [Read more...]