Latest Maritime accidents News

A year after tragedy, Branson debates future of duck boats

Jul. 17, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — One year after 17 people died when a boat sank on a Missouri lake near the tourist town of Branson, the question of whether the boats should return to the lake remains a topic of debate. Former Branson Mayor Karen Best had to inform the 17 victims' families that they had died when the...

Disney, Sangmeister back on land after rescue in Transpac

Jul. 16, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Roy Pat Disney was just getting out of his bunk at 2:30 a.m. Monday when he heard a distress call from another sailboat in the 50th Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Disney couldn't immediately make out the words but knew it was urgent. He definitely heard "OEX," the name of the...

Officers attend funeral for girl killed in cruise ship fall

Jul. 16, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — Police officers were among the mourners at the funeral of an 18-month-old Indiana girl who fell to her death from a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico. Chloe Wiegand died July 7 when she fell through an open 11th-story window on the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship. WSBT-TV reports that...

Roy Disney rescues competitor from sinking yacht in Transpac

Jul. 15, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A crew in the 50th Transpacific Race was rescued by fellow competitor Roy Disney, the grandnephew of Walt Disney, after abandoning its sinking 70-foot sailboat early Monday. Race officials said Disney's Pyewacket, an Andrews 70, picked up the nine-man crew of John Sangmeister's OEX, a...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jul. 15, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

Memorial event held on Danube River for crew of sunken boat

Jul. 12, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — More than a dozen vessels took part Friday in a memorial ceremony for the two-man Hungarian crew killed in a collision when a tour boat with South Korean tourists sank after colliding with a cruise ship on the Danube River. During the solemn commemoration, an urn with the ashes of...

Official: Girl's death probe includes cruise line scrutiny

Jul. 11, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities investigating an 18-month-old Indiana girl's fatal fall from an open window on a cruise ship in Puerto Rico said Thursday they are considering many options, including the culpability of the cruise line. As Chloe Wiegand's family accompanied the toddler's body home to...

The Latest: Girl's death probe includes cruise line scrutiny

Jul. 11, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on an Indiana toddler's fatal fall from a cruise ship in Puerto Rico (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Puerto Rico authorities say they're taking numerous approaches in their investigation into an 18-month-old Indiana girl's fatal fall from a cruise ship, including exploring...

1 dead after sailboat capsizes along Chicago shoreline

Jul. 11, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say one person died and two were rescued after a sailboat capsized in Lake Michigan near the Chicago shoreline. Chicago police say in a statement that the boat overturned about 2 a.m. Thursday. A 28-year-old woman was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. Police say a...

Small leak found from nuclear Soviet sub that sank in 1989

Jul. 11, 2019 5:06 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A small radiation leak from a Soviet nuclear submarine that sank 30 years ago has been found, Norwegian researchers said Thursday, but it poses no risk to people or fish. Hilde Elise Heldal of the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research said that levels "weren't alarmingly high."...