Backgrounder: Chronology of major ferry accidents in 2009

14:33, December 18, 2009      

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A merchant ship with 82 passengers on board sank Thursday night off the north lebanese port of Tripoli. At least 25 people had been rescued, with the rest still missing.

The following is a chronology of major ferry accidents in 2009:

On Jan. 11, an Indonesian ferry sank off the South Sulawesi province in eastern Indonesia. Only 34 people were rescued from the ship which was carrying more than 370 passengers and crew.

On Feb. 11, a Bangladeshi ferry carrying about 150 passengers capsized after colliding with cargo vessel off Bangladesh's southeastern Barisal district, killing 38 passengers with many others missing;

On March 30, at least 21 people drowned when a boat carrying 257 illegal immigrants sank off Libya. About 200 people went missing.

On Aug. 5, a Tongan ferry with 149 passengers on board sank off the capital Nuku'alofa. Two people drowned, 54 were rescued and 93 others went missing.

On Sept. 8, about 200 people went missing and 10 died after a Sierra Leonean ferry capsized in heavy storms off the coast of Sierra Leone.

On Nov. 22, a ferry sank off Indonesia's Riau province, with 29people killed, 17 missing and 245 rescued.

On Nov. 27, a ferry carrying about 1,000 people sank off Bangladesh's Bhola district, killing at least 85.

On Dec. 4, a ferry carrying more than 200 passengers capsized off Bangladesh's Kishoreganj district, killing 47, with about a dozen missing.

Source: Xinhua
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