A life ring has been found from the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing on Thursday after sailing through Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Twitter on Saturday.
A search-and-rescue crew found the life ring in waters to the northeast of Crooked Island in the Bahamas, about 75 miles (120 km) from the ship's last known position before it went missing on Thursday morning, the Coast Guard said. A spokesman said crews will resume the search in the same area at sunrise.
"Because we found a life ring, the assumption can be made that we are searching in the right area," said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.
"When we commence searching tomorrow morning at sunrise, hopefully we'll be able to find something else. Every little bit helps," he added.
This is the first trace of the El Faro, a 735-foot (224-meter) cargo ship with 33 crew on board that went missing on Thursday morning after it was overcome by heavy weather from Joaquin.
The vessel, with 28 U.S. citizens and five Polish nationals on board, was headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville, Florida when it reported losing propulsion and that it was listing and taking on water, the Coast Guard said.
There had been no further communications after a distress call received at about 7:30 am (1130 GMT) Thursday, the Coast Guard said. Search and rescue efforts continued Saturday, after covering 850 square nautical miles on Friday, but turned up no sign of the U.S.-flagged ship.
"We are very surprised that we lost all communication with the ship," Mike Hanson, a spokesman for El Faro's owner, Tote Maritime Puerto Rico, said on Saturday.
"The ship was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time," he added, saying Joaquin was just a tropical storm when El Faro set out from Jacksonville but later intensified rapidly into a major hurricane. maritime-executiv...
Coast Guard crews medevaced a 43-year-old woman from the "Carnival Triumph" about 115 miles southeast of Galveston in the early morning of Oct 2. At 3:47 a.m., the ship contacted Sector Houston-Galveston requesting a medevac for a passenger suffering from a suspected heart attack.
Watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew shortly after and Air Station Corpus Christi provided communications and cover with an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew.
The helicopter arrived on scene at 7:40 a.m. and hoisted the woman and ship's nurse. The air crew delivered them to EMS, who were standing by at Galveston Scholes International Airport, to take them to University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
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Cruse lines with itineraries from Port Canaveral and other East Coast ports whose ships have scheduled stops in the Bahamas have been scrambling to change their itineraries to avoid Hurricane Joaquin.
Among them are five Port Canaveral-based ships — Carnival Cruise Lines' Sensation, Sunshine and Valor, and Disney Cruise Line's Dream and Fantasy.
Generally, the ships are replacing a Bahamas port-of-call with a stop at another port or a day at sea, although the Sunshine is making a more drastic change.
There have been no reports of cruise lines canceling any cruises, according to a database compiled by the widely followed Cruise Critic website.
Cruise Critic reports that ships operated by five cruise lines — Carnival, Crystal, Disney, Norwegian and Princess — have switched up itineraries to avoid Joaquin..
"This does happen every year" during hurricane season, said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. "And it causes anxiety and angst for people" who have scheduled a cruise.
But Brown said those concerns may be overblown.
"The best thing about a cruise during a hurricane event is the ship can move out of the way," Brown said.
The ports of call may change, but rarely is a cruise canceled entirely, she said. www.floridatoday....
On Sep 28, 2015, a crane collapsed aboard the Ravestein-barge "Skyline Barge 22", 882 gt (IMO: 9736937) in the Waalhaven in Rotterdam. The crane operator was unhurt but on the ground one person was seriously injured and taken to a hospital after having been resuscitated. Another man was slightly injured. The accident happened around 2.45 p.m. during operations at the Broekman Project Services. The crane was busy hoisting a floodgate when the boom cracked. The crane was welded onto a pontoon and formed a fixed structure. Police have cordoned off the area. The Dutch Safety Board and the Labour Inspectorate were investigating the accident.
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