Boat capsizes, killing 20
Fishermen and navy were searching yesterday for dozens missing after a boat crowded with Muslim pilgrims capsized near the Bay of Bengal, killing at least 20, police said. More than 100 people were packed onto the 60-capacity motorized boat when it was toppled by a wave from a passing ship on Saturday afternoon in the mouth of the Hooghly River, West Bengal’s deputy police director Surajit Kar Purkayastha said. Local boatmen rescued 40 people and recovered 20 bodies, including three young girls, before rescue efforts were called off because of darkness. Thirty of the survivors were hospitalized, Purkayastha said. The search resumed yesterday. The pilgrims were returning to Kakdwip aboard the boat Ma Durga after praying at the Hijli shrine in East Midnapur.
Missing tourist found dead
Police yesterday said they had found the body of a German tourist who went missing in the harsh Kakadu wilderness in the north two days ago. “Emergency Service personnel have located the body of a 63-year-old male who was reported missing in Kakadu on Friday night,” Northern Territory police said in a statement. It was believed the man had begun a 12km bush walk around Nourlangie Rock, an escarpment famous for its native rock art, with no water early on Friday, police said. The man’s wife raised the alarm after her husband failed to return and park rangers, police and emergency services personnel searched for the tourist on Friday and Saturday without success. The body was found off the walking track and about 3km from the car park access to the popular tourist spot early yesterday. The Northern Territory’s coroner is expected to investigate the death. The country’s tropical north is hot and humid at this time of year, with an average temperature of 38?C.
Woman saved from shark
A swimmer who grabbed the tail of a large shark as it attacked a snorkeling tour guide likely saved the young woman’s life, a rescuer said yesterday. Nineteen-year-old Elyse Frankcom was leading a swimming with dolphins encounter in waters off Fremantle on Saturday when a shark, reportedly a 3m-long great white, bit into her hip and buttocks. “As the shark bit her, it brushed aside a fairly large male who grabbed hold of the tail of the shark, which then made it let go,” one of the first rescuers on the scene, Fremantle Sea Rescue senior skipper Frank Pisani, said. “The girl then started to sink to the bottom and he grabbed her and brought her to the surface and got her back on board the boat. He certainly was instrumental in making this a good outcome.”
YouTube ban lifted
A news report says the country is lifting a ban on YouTube more than two years after it blocked access because of videos deemed insulting to the country’s founder. Transport Minister Binali Yildirim was quoted as saying the government had been in touch with Google, which owns YouTube. He says there were no longer reasons to ban the video-sharing site because the offending videos had been removed. NTV television quoted Yildirim as saying on Saturday that the ban had been removed. The country’s telecommunications authority banned access to YouTube in May 2008 after users complained some videos insulted Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded the country in 1923. It is a crime in the country to insult Ataturk.