The price of the "Taku", docked in Ketchikan, has been reduced by more than half. Anyone hoping to own a ferry can now place a sealed bid on it for the low, low price of $700,000. That's after the state found no takers at the initial $1.5 million price tag. The state hoped the new price would be more enticing to people that might be interested in owning a ferry. Before putting it out to bid, DOT approached other state agencies and local governments, offering to give them the ferry for free. As they didn't have any takers, the state opened it to bidders at a minimum price of $1.5 million. The sealed bid sale opened March 11 and closed May 9, 2017. So the price was slashed by $800,000, and the sale has been extended until May 31.
The "Camille Marcoux" arrived in Port Colborne for dismantling on Apr 26, 2017, having been towed from Quebec. Dismantling has commenced since.
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An elderly German man has been airlifted to hospital in Saudi Arabia on May 10, 2017, after suffering a health problem while onboard the "Seven Seas Voyager" off the coast of the Red Sea, which was on its way to Safaga. The ship’s crew contacted Saudi authorities when it emerged that the man’s condition required specialist hospital treatment. He was evacuated by air by the Ministry of Interior’s General Security Aviation Command.
The man was picked up from the ship when it was 35 nautical miles off Al-Shoaiba beach. Accompanied by his wife, he was transferred to an air base in Jeddah, from where he was taken to hospital.
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One person was seriously injured and two men, aged 53 and 62, more easily after a helicopter owned by the British company HQ Aviation dropped into the sea next to the "Bacarella" at Elsesro off Sandviken in Bergen on May 10, 2017, at 9.24 p.m. The helicopter was coming in for landing. As it approached the yacht, the rotor hit the top deck after possibly having been got caught in a tarpaulin. The rotor freaked out and the helicopter turned on the top. It landed on its back in the sea.
The injured, among them two British nationals, were taken to the Haukeland University Hospital. Blood samples have been taken of one or more of the three on board the helicopter, but investigator Frode Karlsen emphasized that there is no suspicion of substance abuse. The helicopter was pulled to land and investigated. Divers of the fire brigade went down and confirmed that there were no more people inside the wreckage of the helicopter. There was currently no need to evacuate the yacht that was moored near the position where the helicopter went down. The lifeboat "Bjarne Kyrkjebø" was on site after just two to three minutes after the crash because they were already in the area having towing mission in the area and witnessed the incident. Their immediate response saved the lives of the injured. Several other vessels responded too, including two ferries and small boats.
The helicopter had flown from Shetland earlier before it refueled at Flesland and later headed to the yacht in Sandviken. The owners usually fly to the boat to stay there for a few days at a time. The yacht which was in Bergen since end of April, was sold at an auction in 2014 for over $ 30 million. The police have started with preliminary interrogations of witnesses, but it was too early to say something about the course of events. The helicopter wreckage, floating bottom up in the water, was secured and towed to Bontelabo at 11 p.m. and transported to a suitable storage for further investigations on May 11 at 12.20 a.m. There was mahjor damage to the rotor and the tail section. The windows were broken. The crew of 17 of the yacht, which meanwhile berthed at the Bradbenken Sailing Boat Pier, was to be questioned too by the Accident Commission.
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