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Russian Refrigerator Ship Capsizes in Sea of Okhotsk, 8 fatalities

Russian Refrigerator Ship Capsizes in Sea of Okhotsk, 8 fatalities

What: PTR-WEST refrigerator ship Where: Okhotsk Sea When: Sept 23, 2012 1.15 p.m. Who: 10 aboard, 8 rescued Why: A refrigerator ship carrying 49 tons of fish sank in the Okhotsk Sea on Sunday eight km from land. Eight sailors were rescued from the Sea of Okhotsk. At 11:50 p.m., a Russian Federation Mi-8 helicopter set out from [...]

Businesswoman Lost off Docked Sailboat

Businesswoman Lost off Docked Sailboat

What: chartered sailboat cruise from Athens to Turkey Where: en route When: September 18, 2012 Who: Robin Ongaro Why: Robin Ongaro died while on vacation in the Mediterranean. Five days into a chartered sailboat cruise from Athens to Turkey with her husband Frank Ongaro, Robin Ongaro went missing when the boat docked; apparently [...]

Bihar Boat Capsizes, 10 lost

Bihar Boat Capsizes, 10 lost

What: Boat en route from Anuwa village to Larwa bazaar Where: Punpun river near Karwa village When: Sept 19, 2012 Who: 25 aboard Why: A boat carrying 25 people from Anuwa village to Larwa bazaar capsized in the Punpun river. Ten people failed to swim to safety and may have drowned. Divers are searching for bodies, and a Patna rescue [...]

Norwegian Star Blows Into Royal Caribbean Explorer, Maritime Fender Bender

Norwegian Star Blows Into Royal Caribbean Explorer, Maritime Fender Bender

What: Norwegian Star Where: Bermuda When: Sept 14, 2012, 1:30 p.m Who: No injuries reported Why: The Norwegian Star broke free and sailed into the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the seas which was moored in the next berth. Both ships had hull damage. Winds at the time were 45 knots (52 mph). The Bermuda Weather Service issued a Gale [...]

Mediterranean Shipwreck in Libya Coastal Waters

Mediterranean Shipwreck in Libya Coastal Waters

What: Shipwreck Where: Mediterranean Sea When: August 25, 2012 Who: 40 Egyptian Why: The boat was carrying around 40 illegal migrants and capsized off Libya’s east coast near the border with Egypt. Initial reports say that only one passenger surviving the tragedy. Currently, headlines say seven passengers are missing, but 33 were [...]

Alaska Baranof Wind Tourboat Runs Aground in Glacier Bay

Alaska Baranof Wind Tourboat Runs Aground in Glacier Bay

What: Tourboat Baranof Wind Where: Glacier Bay, Alaska When: August 19. 2012, 11:00 a.m. Who: 76 aboard Why: After the Baranof Wind ran aground in Glacier Bay, All but two passengers were taken aboard the Holland America Cruise ship. Two were taken aboard the National Park Service vessel. Four crew remained aboard and stabilized the [...]

Fatal Boat ride In Destin

Fatal Boat ride In Destin

What: 30-foot long speed boat Where: Destin When: August 12, 2012 Who: 1 fatality Why: A boating accident near Crab Island killed one when the Sunsation racing boat got out of control, ejecting two couples. The boat was described as "going into a hard spin" around 4:30pm. Hilary Hall was operating her fiance, Jason Wellborn's boat. [...]

Cruise Ship Hits 2 Small Craft During Light Show

Cruise Ship Hits 2 Small Craft During Light Show

What: Cruise ship Where: English Bay, Vancouver When: August 4, 2012 Who: 250 aboard Why: A cruise ship carrying 250 passengers crashed into two smaller boats in English Bay Vancouver. The accident occurred during the Celebration of Light in Vancouver. Italy competed with Brazil and Vietnam in the Fireworks display. THe accident [...]

Visiting Catastrophe

Visiting catastrophe is not a nice place; I don't want to live there, and yet so frequently, I do. As I gaze at disaster news for the umpteenth time, I see, as I so frequently do, odd juxtapositions which sometimes beg for discussion. Point in fact: In Aviation, I have been looking at a case (several, in fact) where the weather at the [...]

Costa Concordia Lawsuit Filed Against Architects of Disaster

Costa Concordia Lawsuit Filed Against Architects of Disaster

A US Attorney filed a $10 million lawsuit over the Costa Concordia disaster, alleging that the ship suffered from an unsafe design, and that the company profited while putting passengers at risk. The claim names the architects and designers, and Carnival Corps.

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