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List of Ferry Accidents In Past Five Years With PM-Capsized Ferry Bjt

March 7, 1987

LONDON (AP) _ The ferry disaster in Belgium’s Zeebrugge harbor was the seventh significant accident in the last five years involving ferry boats in the English Channel.

Here is the list of the others:

-December 1982. The European Gateway, owned by Townsend Thoresen, sinks off Harwich, England, after colliding at night with the Sealink ferry Speedlink Vanguard. Six people die, and a British investigation blames both captains for ″navigational errors.″

-April 1983. The French car ferry Armorique with 700 passengers is swept by fire while sailing from Roscoff, France, to Cork, Ireland. A French schoolmaster dies, and arson is blamed.

-March 1985. High waves and gusting winds dash the hovercraft Princess Margaret against a breakwater at Dover harbor, killing four people.

-June 1985. The ferry Norland, owned by North Sea Ferries, hits a sandbank while trying to avoid another vessel off the Netherlands. The collision smashes a hole in the Norland, but no one is injured.

-December 1986. The ferry Sikilian catches fire while sailing from Le Havre, France, to England. Three hundred people are evacuated, but no one is hurt.

-February 1987. Townsend Thoresen’s Nordic Ferry is involved in a collision in thick fog at the mouth of Harwich harbor. No injuries are reported.

The worst disaster in British waters in the last 40 years was in 1953, the Princess Victoria mail ferry sank in the Irish Sea during a gale, and 183 passengers and crew drowned.

Also in the Irish Sea, helicopters lifted 128 passengers and crew from Sealink’s Antrim Princess in December 1983 when gales threatened to drive the ferry onto rocks after a fire stopped its engines.

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