Archive for February 27th, 2012

UPDATE: Costa Cruise Line has another ship in trouble, Allegra is adrift in the Indian Ocean, no power

Yes, the BBC is reporting another Costa Cruise ship the Costa Allegra has lost power in the Indian Ocean with 1000 passengers and crew onboard in darkness.

It happened today and emergency crews are on their way, but it may not be until Tuesday before they reach the abandoned ship. It set sail from Diego Suarez in Madagascar on Saturday and was expected to land in Seychelles on Tuesday but after an explained “fire in the ship’s engine room” it is not known when they will arrive.

After the most recent tragedy which occurred near Giglio Island off the coast of Italy in January, this puts the cruise line on notice. The Costa Concordia tragedy had over 30 deaths and several class action law suits are still pending against the parent company of Costa Cruises, Carnival Corporation.

There was some doubt about the condition of the ship and passengers and a plane was dispatched to view the Allegra from the air. It was reported that the fire in the engine room, took two hours to get under control, and was explained that all passengers and crew were safe. However, that is exactly what was said on the Costa Concordia, “We have a small electrical fire” so there is some doubt as to what is really going on.

Welcome aboard!  There is serious concern because of where the ship is adrift, since the area is notorious for pirates from Somalia, although there are armed anti-pirate Military unit onboard and ready to defend the ship.

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Passenger train derailment in Burlington, Ontario, near Toronto, 3 dead (Via Rail crew) Excellent rescue crews on scene

Burlington, Ontario (near Toronto) – A VIA rail passenger train from Niagara Falls to Toronto derails in Burlington, Ontario, at 3:30 pm Sunday, three locomotive engineers die, 42 injured.

It was five passenger cars that derailed, and one car completely tipped over, plus the locomotive where two CN (Canadian National Railway) engineers were killed and one training employee. The train had approximately 75 passengers on board, and 42 were injured with three serious, airlifted to local hospitals.

The emergency response teams were on scene within minutes, and the care of the responders was very impressive, as over a hundred teams attended the crash. Two air ambulances were standing by, as well as an emergency ambulance bus from Toronto, over an hour drive away. (pictured below)

We never believe how wonderful these rescue workers are until they attend such a terrible crash, and the professionalism and efficiency of these workers is outstanding.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada arrived on scene late last night, and it is still being investigated why the train derailed. The train is equipped with a ‘black box’ which may determine the cause of the accident.

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