Latest Search and rescue efforts News

The Latest: New York City airport faces wind disruptions

Jan. 21, 2019 8:58 PM EST

The Latest on the winter storm hitting the East Coast (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Wind gusts exceeding 40 mph (64 kph) have caused flight disruptions at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey warned passengers Monday evening to check their flight status before heading...

Frigid air, high winds sweep the Northeast; at least 7 dead

Jan. 21, 2019 8:54 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Falling temperatures replaced the weekend's falling snow Monday as bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern United States. The National Weather Service had forecast that temperatures would be more than 20 degrees below normal across the Northeast, with wind gusts up to 30...

Woman rescued from swollen Texas river after husband dies

Jan. 21, 2019 3:41 PM EST

BUNA, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a woman was stranded for two days after her 79-year-old husband was fatally swept away in a river after their amphibious all-terrain vehicle became stuck in the water. Police and other agencies rescued the woman Friday after a person spotted the eight-wheel ATV in the...

Russia: 14 sailors killed when ships catch fire in Black Sea

Jan. 21, 2019 3:36 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Tanzanian-flagged commercial vessels caught fire in the Black Sea, leaving at least 14 sailors dead, Russian officials said Monday. Five other sailors were missing. The Federal Agency for the Sea and River Transport said the fire erupted while fuel was being pumped from one tanker to...

Spanish rescuers battle tough conditions to reach toddler

Jan. 21, 2019 7:04 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish officials say rescuers are making slow progress in exceptionally difficult conditions to reach a 2-year-old boy who fell into a narrow, deep borehole in the countryside eight days ago. Angel Garcia, the leading engineer coordinating the search-and-rescue operation, says work had to...

Boat with migrants rescued off Libya looks for port to dock

Jan. 20, 2019 5:49 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A private rescue boat carrying dozens of migrants said Sunday that for a second day several nations had not given permission for it to enter a safe port, while another vessel filled with panicky migrants and described as taking on water in the southern Mediterranean was helped by a cargo ship....

Hard terrain slows rescue of Spanish boy trapped in borehole

Jan. 20, 2019 2:47 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Rescuers in southern Spain said Sunday that the frantic effort to reach a 2-year-old boy who fell into a narrow, deep borehole seven days ago has again been slowed by difficult terrain. Authorities said that a drill used to create a vertical shaft parallel to the waterhole has hit patches of...

Survivors: Up to 117 missing from sunken boat off Libya

Jan. 19, 2019 2:28 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time, a U.N. migration official said Saturday. It appeared to be the latest tragedy on the dangerous central Mediterranean route from North Africa to...

German aid group rescues 47 migrants from Mediterranean Sea

Jan. 19, 2019 2:24 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German aid group Sea-Watch says it has rescued 47 people from a rubber boat off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. The NGO says its Sea-Watch 3 boat had headed to the area Friday after its reconnaissance aircraft overheard communications about a rubber boat foundering but were...

Rescuers hope to reach Spanish boy in deep hole on Sunday

Jan. 19, 2019 1:34 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in southern Spain said Saturday they hope to soon reach the spot where they believe a two-year-old boy is trapped after falling in a deep borehole six days ago. Angel Garcia, the leading engineer coordinating the search-and-rescue operation, said that they hope to get there in 35...