Archive | June 25, 2017

Boat in Colombia sinks with 150 tourists aboard

A multi-storey ferry has sank in the Penol reservoir Pic: Gente 305
A multi-storey ferry has sank in the Penol reservoir Pic: Gente 305
A boat carrying roughly 150 tourists has reportedly sank in a reservoir in northwestern Colombia, according to the nation’s air force.
 
A major rescue operation is now under way.
 
A statement from the Colombian air force said that a helicopter was on the way to the Penol reservoir near the town of Guatape, which is approximately 45km east of Colombia’s second largest city of Medellin.
 
The mayor of Medellin has said that firefighters and scuba divers from the city are now travelling to the Penol reservoir.
 
It is not yet clear whether there have been any casualties or where the tourists were from, but videos on social media suggest that a recreational ferry has sunk in the reservoir.
 
Images on social show smaller boats rushing towards the sinking ferry.
 
Local media has reported interviews with survivors who claimed that the boat, named El Almirante (The Admiral), appeared to be overloaded and that the passengers were not wearing life jackets
Courtesy of Sky News
 

Nearly 60 fire-fighters rush to tackle blaze at block of flats in Hampstead

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Fire-fighters rushed to a council block in Hampstead on Sunday night after a fire broke out on the second floor.
 
Video of the blaze shows fire crews running into the burning building on Mansfield road as smoke billowed from the second storey.
 
The residential street, located next to the Royal Free Hospital, has been closed off as emergency services attend the blaze.
 
Multiple fire engines and ambulances were lined up outside the block of flats.
 
London Fire Brigade tweeted that they had nearly 60 fire-fighters and officers attending.
 
A bystander tweeted a picture of the emergency services at the scene, writing: “Fire in a flat at Waxham #GospelOak – massive response from all emergency services, no injuries but a few families needing a bed tonight.”
Courtesy of standard.co.uk
 

MAGNITUDE 6.2 FIJI REGION

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Subject to change

Depth: 38 km

Distances: 236 km NW of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga / pop: 22,400 / local time: 06:42:30.1 2017-06-26
546 km E of Suva, Fiji / pop: 77,400 / local time: 05:42:30.1 2017-06-26
803 km SW of Apia, Samoa / pop: 40,500 / local time: 06:42:30.1 2017-06-26

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