woodtv.com - It was a strange sight on a usually quiet dock in Ottawa County Thursday morning. "In 22 years you dont expect to get a call of a car sitting on top of a boat," said Sgt. Curt Theune of the Spring Lake-Ferrysburg Police Department. For the second time in three years a woman has been involved in a crash involving her vehicle and a body of water. Witnesses said Cari Drafts vehicle backed into some machinery in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in the 900 block of W. Savidge Street in Spring Lake. She then drove forward and her vehicle went between some trees, airborne, over a nearby dock and landed on a boat in the water.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Insurance Journal - Straight-line wind gusts damaged buildings, uprooted trees and sent a 30-foot sailboat crashing through the window of a home in North Dakota on June 9, the National Weather Service said. The boat hit a home in Granville, where residents have reported numerous downed power lines and swing sets and other items flattened, KXMC television reported. Rick Krolak, a Weather Service technician, said high winds in southern Montrail County destroyed an old church storage building and overturned several campers.
Monday, June 11, 2012
CNN - Two U.S. Navy ships collided Wednesday off the coast of San Diego, according to Navy officials. No injuries have been reported and the cause of the accident is still under investigation, but it appears to be a steering malfunction, Navy spokesman Cmdr. Charlie Brown said. Both ships -- the USS Essex, an amphibious assault ship, and the USNS Yukon, a refueling ship -- were damaged, but the full extent was not immediately known, Brown said.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
whdh.com - The rising tides caused a tugboat to hit the Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth, N.H. on Tuesday. The tugboat, Miss Stacy, was towed to safety after taking on water and nearly capsizing in the Piscataqua River. The tug got into trouble while working on the demolition and construction of the Memorial Bridge. New Hampshire Congressman Frank Guinta just happened to be nearby in another tugboat when his crew got the Miss Stacys mayday call.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
CBS News World - Big chunks of melting ice moving on the Danube River have damaged hundreds of small boats and several restaurants located on rafts. The thick ice, which had closed hundreds of miles (kilometers) of Europes busy waterway during the regions recent cold snap, started moving Sunday afternoon because of rising temperatures. The 1,777-mile-long (2,860-kilometer-long) river flows through nine countries and is vital for transport, power and industry. But the ice partially blocked it from Austria to the Black Sea.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Bloomberg Businessweek - A thin film of oil spread from the Costa Concordia cruise ship as waves battered its wreckage off Italys coast Wednesday, adding to fears of an environmental disaster in the areas sensitive, pristine waters. Authorities were trying to assess how serious and extensive the spread was. Italian authorities also identified a German woman, Siglinde Stumpf, as being among those killed in the Jan. 13 capsizing of the vessel. Stumpf is the 17th person whose body has been identified. Fifteen others are listed as missing.
Friday, February 03, 2012
Business Insurance - Victims of the Italian cruise ship disaster who might seek to sue in the United States, where damages lawsuits are a virtual industry, may be barred from doing so. The primary reason, legal experts said, is that contracts written into the tickets state that lawsuits must be brought in the courts of Genoa, Italy. The contracts allow exceptions in the case of voyages to U.S. ports. But the cruise that ended in tragedy on Friday had just left the port of Civitavecchia near Rome headed for Barcelona and Majorca.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Insurance Journal - A cargo ship grounded off the New Zealand coast since October has split in two, spilling sea containers and debris and sparking fears of a fresh oil spill, maritime officials said Sunday. The wreck of the Greek-owned Rena was described as New Zealands worst maritime environmental disaster even before the rear section of the ship, lashed by pounding seas, broke away overnight. The ship previously spilled heavy fuel oil that fouled pristine North Island beaches and killed up to 20,000 seabirds, and despite salvage efforts nearly 400 tons of oil remains onboard.
Monday, January 09, 2012
Reuters - The Houston Ship Channel, the busiest U.S. petrochemical port, was shut indefinitely on Tuesday after two vessels collided in heavy fog, a Coast Guard spokesman said. There were no injuries or fires after a tanker and a cargo vessel collided at about 8 a.m. CST near the Texas City Dike, which is in the lower end of the channel between Galveston and Texas City. There were no oil or chemicals spilled during the collision on the 53-mile (85-km) waterway that routes vessels from the Gulf of Mexico to the huge complex of refineries in Houston and Texas City, a Coast Guard spokesman said.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Insurance Journal - A second man has pleaded guilty in Houston in a case involving the sale of insurance to a New York tour operator whose boat capsized in 2005 killing 20 elderly tourists, federal officials reported. Edmund Hugh Benton, 63, of Scottsdale, Ariz., pleaded guilty to the federal felony offense of conspiracy to launder money before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake in Houston, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) Special Agent in Charge Rodney E. Clarke announced. Bentons Oct. 7 plea followed a similar one in the case two days earlier by Houstonian Christopher Purser, 50.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011