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Toll rises to 63 in migrant boat capsizing off Mauritania

Dec. 6, 2019 9:29 AM EST

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — The death toll from a migrant boat capsizing off Mauritania has risen to 63 after the coast guard found five more bodies. It was one of the deadliest disasters this year among young Africans trying to reach Europe. Search and rescue operations continue off the coast near the...

Coast Guard, Navy boats collide in Alaska; 9 injured

Dec. 5, 2019 11:31 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard vessel collided with a U.S. Navy boat, injuring nine people, including one critically, off Alaska's Kodiak Island. The accident occurred Wednesday evening in Women's Bay near Kodiak's Coast Guard base, said Lt. Comm. Scott McCann, a Coast Guard Alaska District...

As 58 migrants drown off Africa, a call to stop smugglers

Dec. 5, 2019 1:41 PM EST

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — The drowning of at least 58 migrants in the Atlantic Ocean off Mauritania sent despair through tiny Gambia on Thursday while some demanded a crackdown on human traffickers after one of this year’s deadliest disasters among young Africans trying to reach Europe. At least...

UN says 58 migrants dead as boat capsizes off Mauritania

Dec. 4, 2019 7:38 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — At least 58 people are dead after a boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African nation of Mauritania, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday. It said 83 people swam to shore. It was one of the deadliest disasters this year among migrants...

Judge rules 1851 law doesn’t apply in Missouri boat case

Dec. 3, 2019 3:29 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that an 1851 maritime law does not protect a company from making payments to families of people aboard a tourist boat that sank on a Missouri lake, killing 17 people. After the July 2018 sinking at Table Rock Lake near Branson, multiple lawsuits were filed...

Italy recovers 5 more bodies from sunken migrant boat

Dec. 1, 2019 1:50 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy’s coast guard says its divers have retrieved more bodies from the capsizing of a migrants’ boat, which sank near a tiny Italian island. The coast guard in a statement said the recovery of five bodies on Sunday brings the confirmed death toll in the Nov. 23 capsizing to at...

Italian coast guard divers recover 7 bodies of migrants

Nov. 30, 2019 12:50 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian coast guard divers on Saturday recovered the bodies of seven people in the sea off a tiny island where a boat crowded with migrants capsized a week earlier. The recovery, at a depth of 47 meters (155 feet), near Lampedusa raised to 12 the number of bodies found from the capsizing. The...

1 killed, another missing after shrimp boat capsizes

Nov. 29, 2019 5:13 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say at least one crew member was killed when a shrimp boat overturned. The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile says the vessel overturned Friday morning. The accident happened about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the entrance of Mobile Bay. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency tells...

Cruise ship captain charged in deadly Danube River collision

Nov. 28, 2019 5:22 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The captain of a cruise ship involved in a May 2019 collision on the Danube River in which 28 people were killed has been charged for his alleged responsibility in the incident and should be sentenced to nine years in prison, prosecutors in Hungary said Thursday. The 64-year-old...

Records: Boat on which 34 died exempt from safety rules

Nov. 26, 2019 1:15 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The diving boat that caught fire on Labor Day off Southern California, killing 34 people, was among hundreds of small vessels exempted by the U.S. Coast Guard from stricter safety rules designed to make it easier for passengers to escape, according to a newspaper report Monday. The...