When Boats & Tornadoes Collide

Chinese officials are now saying a tornado caused the capsizing of an Eastern Star cruse ship traveling down the Yangtze River, killing hundreds of people late Monday.  According to meteorologists, the tornado was rated an EF-1 (the 2nd weakest category) on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with wind speeds of 86 to 100 miles per hour.  They say the twister was approximately 1/2-a-mile wide and lasted 15 to 20 minutes.  It occurred in an area of China where tornadoes commonly occur.  … Continue reading →

Boat Explosion Injures Three Girls

5-25-08 When Bob Hill set out on a trip to the beach with his two young daughters and one of their friends, it was supposed to be a relaxed day in the sun. Instead, all four of them were exposed to a different kind of heat, when the boat they had planned to spend the day in exploded…with them inside it. It happened when Bob turned the ignition on the boat as they were preparing to launch it into the … Continue reading →

Kids Survive After Being Trapped Under Ferry

2-29-08 In an amazing tale of survival, rescue workers pulled a woman and her three children out from beneath the overturned hull of a ferry that capsized on Thursday. The accident occurred on a remote river in the Peruvian jungle, and killed at least 15 people, according to local police. 70 people were on board at the time, and 30 survived, with 25 who were still missing. The four were trapped underneath the hull for more than 20 hours. They … Continue reading →

100 Plus Children Rescued From Irish Sea

7-5-07 Around 110 children were thrown into the Irish sea, after a squall hit the area they were sailing. 91 Boats were capsized according to Irish officials. The kids, ranging in ages from 10-15 years old, were taking part in the National Yacht club junior regatta when the squall hit. All of the children were rescued, and miraculously, there were no reports of serious injuries. … Continue reading →