The 44-foot fishing vessel ABBY LOUISE sank Saturday in Orca Inlet about seven miles southwest of Cordova. The cause of the sinking is unknown, and the Coast Guard is working to contain environmental damage. As of this time, there were no reported injuries in the accident. Good samaritan vessels in the area assisted in the rescue of three of the vessel crew. The sinking is under investigation by the Coast Guard.
Several passengers on board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship were injured by an explosion near their vessel. The vessel, Independence of the Seas had been docked in Gibraltar when there was an explosion in a nearby fuel tank. 10-foot-high flames shot into the air. At least 10 passengers were injured seriously and required medical attention.
Cruise authorities say that they took steps immediately retract the gangway and move the ship away to safety as soon possible after the explosion occurred. It is believed the blast was caused by welding sparks from the tank. However, the possibility of an attack on the ship exists, and is being investigated.
Two persons on the tank were also injured seriously, including the welder who suffered burn injuries. A police officer was also injured during rescue operations. There was no damage to the Cruise vessel, and it continued on its journey to Cannes.
Hip-hop singer Sean Kingston reportedly is in critical condition in a Florida hospital after crashing a personal watercraft into Palm Island Bridge in Miami Beach, with a female passenger on board.
Both were rescued by a nearby boater after the incident, which occurred Sunday at about 6 p.m. local time.
A man is missing presumed dead after falling overboard on a cruise ship into the English Channel, officials said.
Emergency workers called off a search and rescue mission this morning after unsuccessfully hunting for the man throughout the night, according to a French coastguard source.
A large explosion on the Rock Of Gibraltar has led to a number of injuries, one serious.
An explosion on the north dock, known as the North Mole, of the cruise liner terminal in Gibraltar on Tuesday 31st May 2011 has led to two injuries, one serious on the dock and a number of injuries, all light, on a nearby cruise liner. The British colony, situated on the southern tip of Spain is a popular docking point for cruise ships entering and leaving the Mediterranean Sea.
The explosion is believed to have occurred in two storage tanks on the dock which burst into flames. The injured are reported to be a dock worker, who suffered serious burns and who has been transferred to hospital in Seville and a police officer who went to his rescue. The police officer suffered less serious injuries and has returned to work.
NEW ORLEANS, La. - BP's lawyer, Andrew Langan, argued to a New Orleans federal judge on Wednesday, May 25, that spill victims can only sue for economic losses under specific laws governing offshore spills and that lawsuits filed under other statutes should be dismissed.
"BP's position is not that every single claim needs to be dismissed," Andrew Langan, BP's lawyer, told U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier at the hearing. Claims that have been improperly filed or not yet presented to BP's trust fund should be dismissed, he said.
A tow-vessel operator, whose vessel was involved in a collision that left a 13-year-old boy dead, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The boy's father has also been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the collision between a commercial towing vessel and a bass fishing boat.
The boy was a passenger in his father's 19-foot bass fishing boat when it collided with a commercial towboat in the shipping channel on the James River. The boy sustained serious injuries, and was taken to hospital where he died.
According to local law enforcement, the boats were traveling at high speeds at the time. Both, the boy's father and the operator of the towboat have been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Law enforcement agencies in north Palm Beach County are searching for a man whom police say was operating a 23-foot boat on the Intracoastal Waterway Saturday night, when it collided with an illuminated channel marker. The impact caused severe head injuries for one of the passengers on board.
Kai Woodstock, 26, of Jupiter, who was flown by helicopter to St. Mary's Medical Center after the accident, which occurred around 9:46 p.m., according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Investigators say the boat operator fled the crash scene and had not been located nearly 24 hours later.
Five crewmen abandoned a 60-foot yacht luxury Yacht NORDIC PRINCESS in the Gulf of Alaska after losing power and being battered by waves. The crew reported having electrical problems, losing steerage and being hit by a rogue wave. The vessel took on a list and eventually sank. The crew abandoned ship in survival suits and entered their life raft. The crewmen were airlifted to safety by a Coast Guard helicopter. The yacht had departed from Kodiak bound for Prince William Sound and encountered waves estimated at 10-12 feet.
Two crewmembers of the F/V ALASKA OCEAN have been cited for failure to obtain crew-member licenses. The citations were issued in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and bail of $260 was set for each of the crew-members. One crewmember resides in Washington and the other in Massachusetts. In most instances, crewmembers who are not strictly processors but are working as deckhands must get a crewmember license.
No injuries reported after a barge incident on the Mississippi River, but a portion of the river had to be closed down for several hours.
The accident occurred last week, and involved a tow that was pushing a massive barge formation. About 20 barges were involved, most of which were carrying grain, one of which collided with a moored barge. At least three barges are reported to have sunk.
A deckhand, who suffered injuries after a fall accident on a barge, has filed a Jones Act lawsuitt in federal court in Louisiana against his employer, a construction company.
According to the lawsuit, the injury occurred in December 2010, when the man was working on a barge used by Boh Bros. The barge was being used in the construction of a bridge on Lake Pontchartrain. There was an open manhole or some other object on the barge that the seamen could not observe due to the darkness. As a result, he fell and suffered injuries.
On May 19, 2011 the fishing vessel Sandy Point, owned by Omega Protein was struck broadside and sunk by a 660 foot container ship. Three crewman remain missing.
The fishing vessel, Sandy Point, was a 163 foot pogy boat owned by Omega Protein which operates a processing plant in Moss Point. The vessel was carrying a load of menhaden fish, also called pogy.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Hundreds of lawsuits against British Petroleum Plc (BP) have been consolidated in Federal Court in New Orleans alleging that the company is refusing to accept liability for losses due to the BP oil spill following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.
A $20 billion oil spill fund was established following the disaster and is being administered by Ken Feinberg. Hundreds of civil lawsuits have arisen from individuals and businesses living and working along the Gulf Coast who have suffered financial harm as a result of the oil spill.
WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Government approved on Wednesday, May 11, a Royal Dutch Shell PLC plan to drill for oil in five locations deep under the Gulf of Mexico.
Over objections from environmental groups, the Shell plan is the second deep-water exploration plan approved in the Gulf since the government lifted a moratorium on deep-water drilling last October following the BP oil spill. At least six other plans for deep-water exploration in the Gulf are pending.