Latest Maritime accidents News

UN says shipwreck off Libya left 15 migrants dead

Oct. 21, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — At least 15 migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday, the latest shipwreck off the North African country. Safa Msehli, spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration,...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the dive boat Conception is engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast. Federal authorities are expected to vote Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 on what likely sparked a fire aboard a scuba dive boat last year that killed 34 people off the coast of Southern California. The pre-dawn blaze aboard the Conception is one of California's deadliest maritime disasters, prompting both criminal and safety investigations into the Sept. 2, 2019 tragedy that claimed the lives of 33 passengers and one crew member on a Labor Day weekend expedition near an island off Santa Barbara. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

California boat owners faulted for fire that killed 34

Oct. 20, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the deadliest accidents in recent U.S. maritime history was the fault of owners of a Southern California dive boat whose lack of oversight resulted in a fire that swept through the vessel and killed 34 people in their bunks below deck, federal safety officials ruled Tuesday. The...

This photo provided by Carnival Cruise Line shows people after being rescued by a Carnival Cruise Line ship off the Florida coast, the cruise line reported Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. It was not immediately clear why the smaller boat came under distress, but its passengers were taken on board the Carnival Sensation when the boat started taking on water. (Carnival Cruise Line  via AP)

Cruise ship rescues 24 people from boat off Florida coast

Oct. 18, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — A Carnival Cruise Line ship rescued two dozen people, including two children, from a sinking boat 37 miles (about 60 kilometers) off the Florida coast, the cruise line reported Saturday. It was not immediately clear why the smaller boat came under distress, but its passengers were taken...

This 2004 image provided by the University of Rhode Island's Institute for Exploration and Center for Archaeological Oceanography and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Ocean Exploration shows the shoes of one of the possible victims of the Titanic disaster. A company’s plan to retrieve the Titanic’s radio has sparked a debate over whether the famous shipwreck still holds human remains. (Institute for Exploration and Center for Archaeological Oceanography/University of Rhode Island/NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration via AP)

Plan to retrieve Titanic radio spurs debate on human remains

Oct. 18, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — People have been diving to the Titanic's wreck for 35 years. No one has found human remains, according to the company that owns the salvage rights. But the company’s plan to retrieve the ship’s iconic radio equipment has sparked a debate: Could the world’s most...

Grandfather pleads guilty in Puerto Rico cruise ship death

Oct. 15, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A grandfather accused in the fatal fall of his young granddaughter from an 11th-story window of a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico last year pleaded guilty Thursday to negligent homicide. Salvatore “Sam” Anello of Valparaiso, Indiana, said earlier this year that...

This Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, photo provided by the Martin County Sheriff's Office shows an unmanned boat going over a dock on the St. Lucie River in Florida. Three people conducting a photo shoot on the boat somehow fell overboard, leaving the 24-foot vessel unmanned and out of control. The boat circled the men numerous times, forcing them to dive underwater so it wouldn't run them over. The boat then straightened out, hit a concrete dock, went airborne and hit a second dock before coming to a stop. (Martin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Driverless boat in Florida spins of control, smashing docks

Oct. 12, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Three men conducting a photo shoot on a boat in a busy Florida river somehow went overboard, leaving the 24-foot vessel unmanned and out of control. The three men told deputies that they accidentally fell into the St. Lucie River along Florida's Atlantic coast on Saturday,...

Polish divers find wreck of German WWII ship in Baltic Sea

Oct. 1, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A team of Polish divers say they have found almost intact the wreckage of German World War II steamer Karlsruhe, which was bombed by Soviet planes and sunk in the Baltic Sea in April 1945, with the loss of hundreds of civilian and military lives. The 10-member Baltictech team say the...

A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...

This photo from video provided by KESQ-TV shows a Lockheed Martin KC-130J tanker after it made an emergency landing after colliding with an F-35B fighter jet during a refueling operation over the Southern California desert near Thermal Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The fighter pilot ejected and the other aircraft landed safely. The pilot who ejected is being treated, and nobody aboard the tanker was hurt. The jet crashed near the Salton Sea, northeast of San Diego. (KESQ-TV via AP)

Marine pilot in collision praised for keeping crew safe

Sep. 30, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The pilot of a fuel tanker showed impressive skills when he touched down safely in a remote area of California and prevented injuries among the seven other crew members after a mid-air collision with a fighter jet, a Marine Corps official and safety aviation expert said Wednesday. It was...

Captain of MT New Diamond, a large oil tanker that caught fire off Sri Lanka’s coast, Steiros Illias, center in personal protective costume, stands outside the magistrate court with unidentified Sri Lankan officials in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. MT New Diamond, which was carrying nearly 2 million barrels of crude oil, was damaged by two fires in early September. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Captain of fire-stricken ship barred from leaving Sri Lanka

Sep. 28, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A court in Sri Lanka on Monday barred the captain of an oil tanker that caught fire off the coast from leaving the Indian ocean nation. A magistrate in Colombo imposed the restriction on Steiros Illias, captain of the MT New Diamond. He appeared in court after the attorney general...