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1 dead, 9 injured as tour boat explodes in Bahamas

1 dead, 9 injured as tour boat explodes in Bahamas

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A fiery explosion on a small tour boat in the Bahamas killed one person and injured nine others on Saturday, authorities said. The blast and resulting fire sent thick black smoke pouring into the light blue sky off the coast of Barraterre, Exuma. Exuma is a district composed of hundreds of small islands southeast of the capital of Nassau. Royal Bahamas Police Force spokesperson Chanta Knowles confirmed the explosion happened on a boat carrying 12 people -- 10 Americans and two Bahamians -- shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday. Exuma police did not specify the nationalities of those injured or killed. Four injured people were evacuated to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, Florida, for treatment, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Five others were airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau...
Warship's collision with Japanese tug boat the latest mishap for Navy's 7th Fleet

Warship's collision with Japanese tug boat the latest mishap for Navy's 7th Fleet

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A U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tug boat in Japan's Sagami Bay on Saturday, marking the fifth time this year that a ship in the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash. The Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise. The U.S. guided-missile destroyer sustained minimal damage, and there were no reported injuries on either vessel, according to a press release from the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet. The USS Benfold, which is awaiting a full damage assessment, remains at sea under its own power. The incident will be investigated, the 7th Fleet said. Here's a look at previous crashes involving U.S. Navy warships in 2017, including two deadly collisions that left 17 sailors dead: The USS Antietam ran agrou...
At least 16 dead as overloaded boat capsizes in India

At least 16 dead as overloaded boat capsizes in India

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Nov. 12 (UPI) -- At least 16 people were killed and seven more are missing after an overloaded boat capsized on a river in India, police said.A total of 38 passengers and three crew members were on-board the vessel, which was operated by a private company and traveling along the Krishna river near Vijayawada on Sunday."The boat was overloaded with 38 people and most of them were not provided life jackets. It capsized near a curve as it approached the Pavitra Sangamam point and most of the people were trapped underneath and were killed," an assistant commissioner of police said.Local fishermen rushed into the water and managed to save 15 passengers and another three were rescued by members of the National Disaster Response Force.The boat exceeded its maximum carrying capacity of 24.Deputy c...
Sinkhole swallows boat, 2 houses; others at risk

Sinkhole swallows boat, 2 houses; others at risk

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Florida authorities this morning asked multiple families to evacuate their homes after a sinkhole swallowed up a boat, an entire house and most of another in their neighborhood, police said. Eleven homes were evacuated because of the “active sinkhole” in Land O'Lakes, Florida, which officials said was “by no means stable.” Emergency workers approached each home in the area to personally evacuate every structure. There were no injuries reported as of early Friday morning. “It’s an active sinkhole, so we don’t know how big it’s going to get yet," a Pasco County battalion chief on the scene told reporters Friday. “We’re just evacuating other homes and making sure everybody is safe.” The sinkhole, which authorities said was between 225 and 250 feet wide and about 50 feet deep, also result
Nine dead after Colombia tourist boat sinks

Nine dead after Colombia tourist boat sinks

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A boat carrying around 170 tourists has sunk in a reservoir in northwestern Colombia.The accident on the Penol reservoir near the town of Guatape, which is approximately 45km east of Colombia's second largest city of Medellin, has left nine people dead and 28 others missing.The head of disaster relief for Antioquia province, Margarita Moncada, said: "At the moment we have nine people found dead. Another 99 people were rescued immediately and 40 more got out on their own."President Juan Manuel Santos and the mayor of Medellin said emergency services, scuba divers and the air force were involved in a major rescue operation.It is not yet clear where the tourists were from or what caused the accident.Images on social media showed smaller boats rushing towards the sinking ferry.Local media has ...