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Three dead after catamaran capsizes off Newcastle

Three people died and two were rescued after a catamaran capsized in heavy seas off Newcastle, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) informed after completing search and rescue operations. A total of five people were onboard at the time, including a teenage girl.

17 dead after overloaded boat capsizes in Indonesia

As sources report, 17 people have confirmed dead and at least one remains missing after the overloaded Arim Jaya ferry was capsized off the coast of Giliyang Island, East Java, Indonesia. The victims include four children. Officials report that that 39 passengers survived.

Capsized rigid inflatable boat not certified for activities it engaged

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board published its report on the fatal incident involving the Kilkee Irish Coast Guard rigid inflatable boat, on September 12, 2016. Three crewmembers were thrown into the water, one was picked up, another was rescued by the SAR rescue helicopter and the third one was recovered by a SAR rescue helicopter.

Herald of Free Enterprise: A wake-up call for Ro-Ro safety

32 years have passed since the capsizing of Herald of Free Enterprise, only a few minutes after leaving Zeebrugge port on 6 March 1987, killing 193 people. The incident is considered, not only as the deadliest casualty involving a UK-registered ship since 1919, but also as a wake-up call for safety improvements.

Lack of stability assessment leads to fatal capsizing

UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the capsizing of the fishing vessel ‘Laura Jane’ resulting in one fatality. The report identified issues related to the weight of fishing gear being carried, the vessel’s very low freeboard, as well as the fact that the owner had not undertaken a stability assessment. 

USCG rescues three after boat capsizes in Clearwater Pass

As the USCG announced, they rescued three people on Saturday, April 20, after their 25-foot boat capsized in Clearwater Pass. After the call and reports of a capsized vessel, the USCG station Sand Key 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew was launched and saved the three people.  No injuries were reported.

Princess of the Stars sinking case reopens

The Philippines Supreme Court has reopened the case against an official of Sulpicio Lines over the 2008 sinking of its ferry Princess of the Stars. The Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeals dismissal against Edgar Go, Sulpicio Lines’ first vice president and team leader of its crisis management committee.

Vessel capsizes in Port of Bandar Abbas, Iran

Iranian media informed that an improper loading of cargo has caused a ship to capsize in the southern Port of Bandar Abbas, on March 19. After the incident, port workers rushed to retrieve any of the 153 containers that suddenly sank. The cargo ship was carrying the flag of Comoros, with reports mentioning that one Indian seaman sustained injuries in the foot.

USCG suspends search from capsized towing vessel in Mississippi

The US Coast Guard informed that it suspended its search for a person who went into the water after a 54-foot towing vessel capsized at mile marker 55 on the lower Mississippi River north of Point A La Hache, Louisiana, on March 18. US Coast Guard crews searched around 158 square-nautical miles for about 18 hours but were unable to find the missing person.

Towing vessel capsizes in Mississippi, one missing

The US Coast Guard informed that is searching for a person in the water after a towing vessel capsized at mile marker 55 on the lower Mississippi River north of Point A La Hache, Louisiana, on March 18. At the time of the incident, the boat had three people on board. Two of them were recovered, while one is still missing. The cause of the incident is still under investigation.


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