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French Prosecutors to Investigate Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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French prosecutors have launched an investigation into the cause of last month’s Costa Concordia cruise ship grounding off the coast of Italy. The Paris prosecutors’s office said Thursday that it has asked police to question French survivors to establish criminal liability and establish psychological damage caused by the accident. More than 450 French people were […]

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Ship Sinks in Turkey; Eight People Missing

Posted February 1st, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Eight people are missing after a cargo ship sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast Tuesday evening. Officials say the Cambodian-flagged freighter, Vera, went down in stormy weather near Eregli town in the northern province of Zonguldak. Governor of Zonguldak Province, Erol Ayyildiz, said three of the 11 people on board have been rescued. They have […]

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Cargo Ship Sinks in Black Sea off Turkey, 10 Missing

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish rescuers are searching for 10 Polish crew members of a cargo ship that sank during a storm in the Black Sea Tuesday. Two crew members were rescued when the Cambodian-flagged ship Vera went down near the coastal city of Zonguldak. Authorities say the ship was headed to the Turkish port of Aliaga from Russia […]

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Italy Ends Underwater Search for Cruise Ship Bodies

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Italian divers have ended the underwater search for 15 people still missing from the Costa Concordia shipwreck off the Tuscan coast. The civil protection authority said Tuesday it was calling off the search in the submerged part of the ship due to danger to rescue workers. A statement from the agency says officials have contacted […]

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Italian Island Residents Concerned After Shipwreck Disaster

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Residents of the Italian island of Giglio say they are concerned about possible environmental damage from the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia. Residents Monday called for an island-wide meeting to discuss how to protect their interests ahead of the upcoming tourist season after being told Sunday that it may take until the end of the […]

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Italian Officials: Removing Stricken Cruise Ship May Take Until End of Year

Posted January 29th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Italian officials say it may take until the end of the year before the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia can be removed. The officials said Sunday they cannot start to move the damaged vessel until all the fuel has been removed — a process that takes about a month. The ship then may have to […]

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Rough Seas Delay Fuel Pumping From Wrecked Cruise Ship

Posted January 28th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Salvage crews preparing to pump thousands of tons of fuel from a wrecked cruise ship off Italy’s coast have delayed operations due to rough seas. Officials say a barge carrying pumping equipment was withdrawn Saturday because of unsafe conditions. Crews are hoping to empty the vessel’s fuel tanks to avert an environmental catastrophe. Meanwhile, the […]

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Compensation Plan Offered for Capsized Ship’s Passengers

Posted January 27th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The owner of a cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Italy earlier this month has offered about $14,500 in compensation to each of the uninjured passengers who were aboard the vessel. Costa Cruises said it will also refund those passengers the costs of their cruise and trip home. The deal was announced Friday […]

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Divers Continue Search on Italian Ship

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Divers have resumed search efforts to find those missing onboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship that wrecked off the northwestern coast of Italy earlier this month. German and Italian authorities on Wednesday identified the remains of three German passengers recovered from the disaster. Sixteen deaths have been confirmed, while 17 others are still missing from […]

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Italian Official: It Would be a Miracle to Find Survivors in Shipwreck

Posted January 25th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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An Italian official overseeing the search efforts of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia near Giglio island said Wednesday it would “take a miracle” to find any survivors from the January 13 disaster. Franco Gabrielli told reporters that, given the time passed and the conditions, it was unlikely to find anybody alive. He said, however, […]

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