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2008-10-06 09:00:41

Toxic chemicals retrieved from capsized Philippine ferry MANILA, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Four hundred and two barrels of toxic chemical endosulfan have been recovered from the capsized ferry MV Princess of Stars more than 100 days after it sank off in central Philippines. The Task Force Princess of the Stars, in a statement, said the last barrel of endosulfan trapped inside the capsized ferry was successfully and safely retrieved as of 1 p.m. Sunday. "Sulpicio Lines said the toxic...

2008-06-25 06:02:24

By Carlos H. Conde What Rodel Laborte could not forget was the screaming of his fellow passengers. As the strong waves and wind tossed around the 24,000-ton ferry - "like a paper boat," he said - pandemonium broke out. The shrieks got so loud, he said, he could not determine if the captain gave an order to abandon the ship. "My heart was racing fast," Laborte said. "All I could think about was whether there were enough lifeboats for all of us." When the ship tilted heavily to the left,...

2008-06-24 09:02:24

By Kathy Marks For five hours, Jessie Buot swam through mountainous seas and torrential rain, until he reached dry land. He was the one of the fortunate ones. Most of the 862 passengers and crew aboard a ferry that capsized in a typhoon in the central Philippines are believed to have perished. Philippine Navy divers rapped on the hull of the stricken ship, the MV Princess of Stars, yesterday but received no response. Meanwhile, bodies, including those of a man and a woman who had tied...

2008-06-24 09:00:42

By PAUL ALEXANDER By Paul Alexander The Associated Press MANILA, Philippines Philippine officials say divers have managed to get inside an upside-down ferry but have found only bodies and no survivors. Philippine coast guard officials made the announcement three days after the vessel capsized with more than 800 people aboard during a powerful typhoon. Navy spokesman Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo told dzBB radio today that most of the bodies were floating inside, trapped when the ship...

2008-06-23 09:00:25

By Carlos Conde A powerful typhoon battered the Philippines over the weekend, killing at least 137 people, according to the Red Cross. The death toll could increase sharply after a ferry carrying more than 700 passengers and crew members capsized off a province south of Manila. Glenn Rabonza, executive director of the National Disaster Coordinating Council, said casualty figures were difficult to confirm because of the extremely bad weather, which was hampering search and recovery...

2006-05-04 07:57:01

By James Macharia JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rescue teams braved ferocious winds on Thursday searching for 26 crew members missing after a bulk carrier ferrying iron ore sank in rough seas off South Africa's eastern coast. Six of 33 crew members on the Greek-owned Alexandros T were rescued on Wednesday night shortly after the vessel went down off Port Alfred after taking on water in strong winds, rescue officials said. On Thursday, rescuers in a South African military plane spotted a...

2006-05-04 05:05:28

By James Macharia JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rescue teams searched on Thursday for 27 crew members missing after a bulk carrier ferrying iron ore from Brazil to China sank in rough seas off South Africa's eastern coast. Six of the ship's 33 crew were rescued unharmed on Wednesday night shortly after the vessel, identified as the Alexandros T, went down off Port Alfred after taking on water in strong winds, rescue officials said. "From what we understand, it started to list to one side...

2006-02-03 14:14:13

CAIRO (Reuters) - Rescue teams have found 185 dead and 231 survivors so far from among the nearly 1,400 passengers and crew aboard an Egyptian ferry which sank overnight in the Red Sea, a senior police official said on Friday. "The rescue teams found 185 bodies and 231 survivors from the sunken ferry," said the official, who asked not to be named.

2006-02-02 03:33:18

KUPANG, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two days after a ferry sank in heavy seas in Indonesia's east, nearly 40 people were still missing, a rescue official said on Thursday, although estimates of the number of people on the ship have varied widely. The Indonesian navy has rescued more than 100 people since the ferry, traveling from Kupang on Indonesia's side of Timor island to nearby Rote island, ran into trouble on Tuesday night. "We have found another three people stranded on an island...

2006-02-01 02:25:52

KUPANG, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian naval vessels rescued more than 100 people on Wednesday after a ferry sank in heavy seas in the country's east, but dozens could still be missing, port officials said. Two navy ships had picked up 114 people, one port official, Marthen Manu, told Reuters. One person was confirmed dead. While the passenger manifest put the number of people on board at 106, officials said it could have been as high as 160. The ferry was traveling from Kupang on...


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