Maritime Safety News Today – 31st March 2008

Broken boat capsizes during Coast Guard tow, three dead, one man
The Canadian Press – ILES-DE-LA-MADELEINE, Que.
A fisherman aboard a sealing vessel trailing the disabled boat said the light icebreaker Sir William Alexander pulled L’Acadien II over a large chunk of ice

Vessel sinks, crew escape
Hindu – Chennai,India
The crew members had boarded the lifeboat and were heading for shore by the time the coast guards team traced the sinking vessel, the sources said.

Vessels collide in Straits of Mackinaw
SooToday.com – USA
a collision between two vessels in the Straits of Mackinaw. There was reported damage to both vessels, however neither vessel is taking on water. 

Ukrainian tug captain tells of last minutes before sinking: report
Tolerance.ca – Montreal,Quebec,Canada
Photo shows the damage done to the Chinese register cargo ship, the Yao Hai, following a collision with an Ukranian tugboat on March 22, near the site where .

Crewman describes alarm, flooding on fishing vessel
Seattle Post Intelligencer – USA
The investigation will focus on the causes of the sinking, the response and the rescue. Testimony Saturday focused on the sinking and Coast Guard

Filipino seafarer freed from Bangladesh jail after 15 years
Inquirer.net – Philippines
MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino seafarer who has been in jail in Bangladesh for 14 years on charges of gold smuggling has been released and is set to fly

Bush apologizes to Mubarak for Suez shooting
International Herald TribuneFrance
He was shot on Monday evening as he approached a cargo ship, the Global Patriot. The ship was under contract to the Navy, which has been wary of small 

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