Criminal charges loom in California boat fire that killed 34

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nine days after the scuba boat Conception went down in flames with 34 people trapped below deck in one of the deadliest disasters in California maritime history, a federal grand jury began looking into whether a crime had been committed. Now, a year after the Sept. 2 tragedy, investigations into the […]

Greece: Man, child missing from migrant boat sinking

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s coast guard said that a search and rescue operation was continuing Thursday, two days after the partial sinking of a yacht that had been carrying nearly 100 migrants in the eastern Aegean Sea, to locate a father and child reported missing. A total of 96 people were rescued during the […]

Spain finds shipwrecked migrant boat with around 10 dead

LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA, Spain (AP) — Spanish authorities on Wednesday located a boat near the Canary Islands with dead migrants on board, some floating in sea water the vessel took on. The Spanish Maritime Rescue Service said there were around 10 bodies on the boat. The shipwreck was spotted by a plane as […]

Orcas knock into sailboats, force Spain to limit yachting

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain has temporarily prohibited yachting across 100 kilometers (62 miles) of its northwestern coast after orca whales apparently got carried away while playing and damaged several sailboats. Spain’s transport ministry issued the week-long prohibition for sailboats under 15 meters (49 feet) long starting Tuesday. It said the area covered by the […]

UK minister in France seeks crackdown on migrant boat flows

PARIS (AP) — Britain’s immigration minister said after a meeting Tuesday with French officials that the two countries are looking to put new muscle into their efforts to stop a record number of migrants successfully crossing the English Channel from France to Britain in small boats. Chris Philp said the London and Paris were working […]

Pregnant woman pulls husband to safety after shark attack

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — When a shark attacked her husband during a snorkeling trip in the Florida Keys, his pregnant wife didn’t think twice, jumping out of a boat to pull him to safety, a sheriff’s deputy said. Andrew Eddy, 30, was on a private boat with his wife, Margot Dukes-Eddy and her family at […]

Portugal migrant arrivals prompt negotiations with Morocco

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Lisbon and Rabat are negotiating a deal that would allow an agreed number of citizens from Morocco to work legally in Portugal, a senior Portuguese official said Wednesday. The announcement came amid fears that undocumented migrants seeking a way into the European Union are increasingly targeting Portugal. On Tuesday, a wooden […]

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