Backgrounder: Major world sea wrecks since 2000

09:00, July 11, 2011      

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A cruiser ship carrying some 185 people sank in Russia's Volga river amid wind and rain Sunday, leaving two people killed, 80 rescued and 103 others missing. The following are the major sea wrecks around the world since the year 2000:

On July 5, 2011, a vessel carrying passengers from Sudan to Saudi Arabia caught fire and sank off Sudan's coast, leaving 197 people aboard killed and three others rescued.

On April 6, 2011, a boat carrying 300 African refugees was wrecked in the sea off the coast of southern Italy, leaving more than 20 people dead and 48 rescued. The rest remain missing.

On Aug. 5, 2009, the Tongan ferry "Princess Ashika" sank while traveling from the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa to Ha'afeva, in the Nomuka Islands group. Two passengers were killed, while the whereabouts of 93 others were unknown.

On June 21, 2008, the Philippine passenger ferry "M/V Princess of the Stars" with 862 people aboard capsized off the Philippines' central province of Romblon at the height of Typhoon Fengshen. Only 50 passengers survived.

On Nov. 11, 2007, a total of 12 ships from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia were wrecked or ran into accidents in the Kerch Strait in heavy storms, leaving three people dead and 20 others missing. The ships included Russia's Volgoneft-139 oil tanker, which broke apart and released over 3,000 tons of oil into the waters, and three other vessels which sank with sulphur aboard.

On May 4, 2007, a boat carrying about 150 Haitians capsized near Providenciales Island in the Atlantic Ocean, leaving at least 61 people dead.

On Feb. 26, 2004, an explosion ripped apart the "Superferry 14" in Manila Bay, killing at least 73 people.

On Sept. 26, 2002, Senegal's state-owned ferry "Joola," designed to carry 550 people, capsized off the Gambian coast with nearly 2,000 passengers and crew aboard, killing 1,863 people.

On Sept. 26, 2000, a Greek ferry sank in the Aegean Sea, leaving at least 79 people dead.

Source: Xinhua
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