Teen Knocked Over, Sexually Assaulted at Broward Park

first_imgPolice add that the teen continued to play basketball, while the man remained at the park. Greenlaw explains the teen was later struck in the head by someone, and was knocked unconscious in the process.She goes on to say that the victim regained consciousness a few hours later, when he realized that he had been sexually assaulted.Detectives do not consider the man shown in the sketch to be a suspect, but are trying to speak with him to determine whether he has any information about the attack.Additionally, Greenlaw says detectives are distributing fliers in the area around the park, with the goal of finding out more information that could lead to the arrest of the person responsible.Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477.A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for anonymous tips that lead to an arrest. Fort Lauderdale Police have released a sketch of a man they want to contact, after a teenager was allegedly knocked unconscious and sexually assaulted on Tuesday night at a city park.According to Police Sgt. DeAnna Greenlaw, the teen was playing basketball at Bass Park, located at 2750 NW 19th St., when he had a conversation with the man.last_img read more

Final Week of the Regular Season Tips Off Tonight

first_img• #SouthlandStrong Defense: Three teams rank in the top 10 for steals per game: Stephen F. Austin, Nicholls and Lamar. The Lumberjacks are first in the nation (10.6), the Colonels are third (9.8) and Lamar is eighth (8.8). SFA also leads all Division I teams in turnovers forced (20.55) while Nicholls is fourth (17.62) and LU is sixth (16.97).  • Individual Standouts: Heading into the final week of regular season play, Central Arkansas senior guard Jordan Howard still paces himself in the top three nationally for points per game (25.7). He’s also second in total points (745). Freshman teammate Hayden Koval ranks sixth in the nation in blocked shots per game (3.18).  • Cardinals Claim Spot: Lamar clinched a spot in the 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament in Katy, Texas, this past week when the Cardinals defeated Houston Baptist and Stephen F. Austin. Nicholls, Southeastern Louisiana, SFA, Sam Houston State and New Orleans had already captured a berth prior to last week.• Race for the Final Two Spots: Four teams are still battling for the final two spots in the conference tournament. Central Arkansas leads the pack with a .500 record while Abilene Christian and McNeese trail by one game. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is two games back of the Bears.• Saturday Showdown: Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana meet in Hammond this week with the 2017-18 regular season championship in sight. The Colonels take on Northwestern State on Wednesday while the Lions will look to take care of business with New Orleans before Saturday’s contest. In Nicholls-SLU’s first meeting of the year, the Lions claimed a 67-63 win. The game will broadcast on Eleven Sports.• Battle of the Piney Woods – Hardwood Edition: Sam Houston State will look to be the only Southland team to tally a perfect record at home in league action this season when the Bearkats host rival Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. The Lumberjacks and the Bearkats are the only teams with one loss at home this season in all competition. Saturday’s game is set for 7 p.m.Schedule:Wednesday, Feb. 28Nicholls at Northwestern State* – 6:30 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at New Orleans* (Twitch/SLCDN) – 7 p.m.McNeese at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 7 p.m.Abilene Christian at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.Houston Baptist at UIW* – 7 p.m.Sam Houston State at Central Arkansas* – 7 p.m. Sam Houston State (18-11, 12-4 SLC) and its rival, SFA, are set for a crucial regular-season finale Saturday when the Bearkats host the Lumberjacks at 7 p.m. The two teams are currently tied for third place. Both squads have to get through tough Wednesday matchups against teams still trying to earn berths in Katy. The Bearkats travel to Central Arkansas (14-15, 8-8 SLC), to take a Bears team that controls its own destiny to return to the Southland tournament, while the ‘Jacks host Abilene Christian (15-14, 7-9 SLC), who is currently tied for the eighth and final spot with McNeese (10-16, 7-9 SLC). Both games tonight are scheduled for 7 p.m. tipoffs. Additional Storylines: Led by second-year head coach Richie Riley, the Colonels (20-9, 14-2 SLC) have a chance to claim their first title since 1998. A win tonight against Northwestern State (1-15, 4-23 SLC) can give Nicholls at least a share of the championship. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT. Following Wednesday’s game, the Colonels will head to Hammond to take on second-place Southeastern Louisiana (13-3, 19-10 SLC) at 5 p.m. The Lions won the first meeting between the two 67-63 on Jan. 27. FRISCO, Texas – As early as tonight, Nicholls can lift its first Southland regular season championship in 20 years.center_img Before SLU gets its chance to knock off the leaders, the Lions battle New Orleans (14-14, 11-6 SLC) tonight at 7 p.m. The Privateers, who return home after losing twice on the road, remain in the hunt for a top-four seed that would give them a bye in the 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament in Katy, Texas. They are currently tied for fifth with Lamar (19-11, 11-6 SLC), who clinched a spot in the conference’s postseason following back-to-back wins on the road last week at Houston Baptist (6-23, 2-14 SLC) and Stephen F. Austin (23-6, 12-4 SLC). Two spots in the Southland Tournament remain up for grabs with four teams vying for postseason glory. UCA, ACU, McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each still have a chance to make the tournament. The Cowboys and Islanders contest each other tonight at 7 p.m. in Corpus Christi. Saturday, March 3Lamar at McNeese* – 3 p.m.Abilene Christian at UIW* – 3 p.m.Nicholls at Southeastern Louisiana* (ELEVEN) – 5 p.m.Northwestern State at Central Arkansas* – 5 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.* – Conference Gamelast_img read more

Six Nations changes mooted

first_imgThe tournament’s organising committee will look at a proposal made by the Aviva Premiership which would remove the two weekends when fixtures are not played.This year’s competition runs from February 4 until March 18 but no games are scheduled for the weekends of February 18-19 and March 3-4.A potential start time for the new format has yet to be discussed and any change would align with the beginning of the new global season in 2020.Other proposals understood to have been put forward include rest periods for players and a reduction in the amount of summer tours.Should the proposals be approved, it would represent the biggest change to Europe’s leading national competition since Italy were admitted as a sixth team in 2000.last_img

Focused Warriors primed for NRL charge

first_imgRed-hot fullback Tuivasa-Sheck is pointing to last month’s embarrassing 36-12 loss to the Gold Coast Titans as the wake-up he and his team needed.The seventh-placed Kiwi club have since outplayed St George Illawarra and Newcastle to all-but book a finals berth.At the forefront has been Tuivasa-Sheck, returning the football in devastating fashion.Every defender beaten and metre chewed up is based on a more narrowed approach, he says, with the 25-year-old now realising he had spent too much energy on what he thought a captain should be doing.The result at Robina was a turning point.There had been other big losses this season but they were to competition heavyweights Souths, Melbourne and the Sydney Roosters.This time coach Stephen Kearney labelled his players “soft” and asked them to look closely at themselves, his skipper included.”That Gold Coast game was awesome because it gave us a bit of a lesson. You can’t go over there with that type of attitude,” Tuivasa-Sheck said.”When we were called ‘soft’ by coach, a lot of us took it real personal.”Lately that’s what’s happening, everyone’s taking their performance real personal and the preparation’s been a lot better going into games. We’re a lot more focused.”The result is a club on a high three weeks out from the playoffs.It’s a far cry from what they’ve become used to in recent, under-performing seasons.”Times like this when it was getting to the end and we knew we weren’t making the top eight, a few of us would shy away from coming to training and putting in that work,” Tuivasa-Sheck said.”That’s what I’m enjoying, just coming into work and there’s some good vibes around the club.I’m happy for the players who have been here for so long. The staff members also, who are now cheering and just enjoying their time.”There was more good news on Tuesday, with Leivaha Pulu cleared of any serious damage from a foot injury suffered against the Knights.Pulu is likely to be fit to face the Bulldogs while fellow-second rower Tohu Harris (knee) could be a back a week later against Penrith.last_img read more

Sri Lanka’s Silva hospitalised after blow to the head

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): Sri Lanka’s Test opener Kaushal Silva was taken to hospital yesterday after being hit on the head by a cricket ball while fielding in a domestic match. Sri Lanka Cricket said that Silva was struck during a match in Pallekele. His scans were clear, but he was flown to a hospital in the capital Colombo for further tests and observation, the cricket body added. Silva has played 24 Test matches for Sri Lanka and scored 1,404 runs at an average of 31. “Kaushal was fielding at short leg when he got hit,” espncricinfo.com quoted national team manager Charith Senanayake as saying. According to Senanayake, Sri Lanka vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal “swept right on to the back of Kaushal’s head. He did take evasive action, but still the ball hit him”. The website said Silva was wearing a helmet with additional padding, a design introduced for player safety after the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes after being struck by a ball on the head in November 2014. Yesterday’s match was part of Sri Lanka’s preparations for its tour of England next month, with the first of three Tests starting at Headingley on May 19.last_img read more

Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves: The Case of the Ambitious Widow

first_imgCharacters in the Story:Jason Doe—the lawyer who was excited to know much about the defendantEphraim Sackor—the angry candidate who became the defendant who did not want to be arrestedJanet Lovebird—the beautiful secretary of Counselor Jason Doe.Judge Martina Yuo—the judge who wanted fairness in her courtroomCecelia Sackor—wife of the defendant who felt her husband was not having a nervous breakdownLt. Samson Swen—the prosecutor who wanted nothing but the defendant to hangTolbert Wolo—MU Propaganda specialist, whose testimony the prosecution hung its case.Colonel Jackson Payne—the officer who led the investigationChapter OneThe echoes of the early morning traffic filled Benson Street as Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe entered his office and grinned at his private secretary Janet Lovebird, who was busy at her personal computer.The lawyer hesitated and with a smile, said, “I’m feeling a little challenged this morning, Lovebird.” The woman lifted her head from her assignment and with a smile said, “I can feel the challenge.”With a practiced of early chatting with one of his confidants, the lawyer strolled to her desk and said, “What is it, Lovebird?”She said, “There is a man waiting for you at the utter office who wants to see you very urgently.“Though he does not have an appointment but he has insisted he cannot leave until he consults with you.”“What’s his name and what does he want?”She consulted an information sheet and after a couple of seconds, turned to the lawyer.“Ephraim Sackor is his name and he looks about twenty eight or thirty years. He was a candidate of the recent election at the Press Union and he claimed his rights were abused and as a result he lost the elections but he said he would want to tell you his story his own way.“However, there is something about him that seems suspicious. He looks flamboyant, and mama’s boy is written on his face.”The lawyer strolled to the inner office and the young woman followed him.“What about his clothes?”The woman replied with a laugh, “He looks presentable and at second look there appears that he either got some money from his family or from somewhere because he looks well attired.”The lawyer grinned, said, “You have interested me with Mr. Sackor and I am wondering if he could come back…”“Well,” she interrupted him, “he is waiting at the clients’ room right now and since your next scheduled client will not be around till eight o’clock, you can see him.”Jason Doe considered his wrist watch and continued, “There is some excitement about this client and I think I will give him at least twenty minutes.“Janet you may send him in.” The woman turned swiftly and the light echoes of her shoes hammered the cushioned floor, and within seconds returned with a smallish looking young man behind her. She allowed him to walk pass her and she closed the door behind him.The man followed closely behind her and as they advanced towards him, Jason Doe folded the morning paper and placed it on his desk and stared at them with a smile.The man extended his right hand and Jason Doe grabbed it with enthusiasm.“Counselor I am mighty glad you can see me even though I don’t have an appointment this morning.”Jason Doe gave him a look-over and he could imagine the man’s self importance. His appraisal of the client confirmed his secretary’s observation that mama’s boy was written on his face. His clothes were well ironed and his watch loosely hang on his wrist, and his head was well cut.Smiling at his statement, Jason Doe pumped his hands and indicated a chair to his left.“Since I did not come by appointment, I will be snappy with my case,” he said.“Ok,” the lawyer replied, “I figured that when I was informed about the urgency of your case, Mr. Sackor.”“Thank you, sir.”“Ok let me have it, what is your problem?”“I was an unsuccessful candidate for the recent Media Union leadership elections and for some reasons I want a pay back.”“Well,” the lawyer said, “there are many who went into the elections but did not win.”“But not when my rights as a candidate were abused. The point is, I am serious about all things I do, and I went into the elections with a large investment.“Nowadays elections mean spending money and I doled out money to my colleagues but in the end a particular candidate organized and convinced many of the voters not to vote for me.”“Do you have any evidence?”The man gave that some thought and said, “I have video recording of what happened.”“But does it worth consulting me, knowing that I am a trial lawyer? I fight before a jury, when someone’s life is underline. My area is different and…”“That’s the reason I am consulting you Counselor Doe,” the man interrupted him, “because I don’t want to be arrested.”His remark surprised the lawyer, who said, “Go ahead, Sackor, what do you have in your sleeves?”“I took someone’s money for the elections and if I had won, could have allowed me the chance to pay back.“I am trying to be sincere with myself for the money was huge.”“How much are you talking about?”“About U$30,000. I used part of the money to renovate my house and spent much on my friends before the elections.“I had an understanding with the lender, and truly the money was not for the reasons I used it. When I lost the elections and those who had promised to give as much of the money refused, I went to the lender and explained my predicament.“Twenty minutes after I left, the lender reportedly collapsed and later died and there is the likelihood that I might be held responsible for his death.”The lawyer said with some excitement, “The story appeared in the local dailies last week and the District Attorney has a warrant out for your arrest. He is preparing to charge you with the murder of Clinton Dahn, 55, of Logan Town.”Ephraim Sackor lowered his head and clasped his hands together.In a whisper of disappointment, he said, “I don’t know how I am going to handle this. Now I am broke, unable to repay my debt and the lender is dead and the police will come get me.”The lawyer allowed some seconds to pass and said, “What was your intent when you visited the lender with the news of your loss?”“I wanted him to know that I lost the elections and therefore I could not repay the money as we had agreed upon as readily as possible.”“I see,” Jason Doe said, “but the District Attorney will claim your visit was intentional, knowing that the lender was not particularly in good health.“He would claim you made your visit on premeditation and that all you wanted was to ensure that the lender was dead.”The man lifted his hands and mopped his face, and said, “I have evidence that I acquired the money in good faith and part of it was used for my bid to lead the Media Union.”The lawyer said, “The DA will not believe you since circumstantially you borrowed the money, and then you went to the lender, knowing very well your inability to repay the money, as well being aware of the lender’s poor state of health.“The DA will claim that you cleverly delivered the killer punch when you provided the information about your loss and that you knew the lender’s health would be affected with the news and hence you might have thought about these developments before delivering your deadly news which eventually killed him.”Sackor grimaced and deliberately looked at the lawyer: “What are my chances, Mr. Doe?”“Well,” the lawyer said, “if you want my honest opinion, I can surmise that the DA will be asking for your head.”Ephraim Sackor’s eyes dimmed and he waited in impatience as he said, “I did not mean it, as you just explained.”“Exactly,” the lawyer said, “but the DA will prove that you meant it; and what about your anger for a payback at some of the members of the Media Union?”Sackor reclined on the chair and said, “I think they have some explaining to make.”“Why?”Sackor lifted his chin, and with his eyes directly at the lawyer said, “Counselor look at the circumstances, is it not possible that they could be drawn into the case, if I am arrested and charged with murder?”“How can you prove their involvement?”“Counselor this was an election. And if I could borrow such an amount, imagine how much money others in the competition might have borrowed from other lenders. Imagine the connection and the real premeditation to get me lose and get me locked up for good?”Counselor Doe said, “You make quite an interesting argument but it will be difficult to draw those you have in mind into the case.”Sackor said, hopelessly, “Can you get me from being arrested? Can you defend me from the evil plot?“Counselor, I have followed several of your cases and I am confident in your ability to save me from disgrace.”The lawyer said, “Will you be willing to be sincere with me and be prepared to tell me all necessary information relating to the money?”Sackor said hurriedly, “Yes, but the only problem is that I may not have the money now to pay for your services.”Counselor Doe said, “I am an officer of the law and since I am aware that there is a warrant out for your arrest I am going to call the DA that you are with me.” Every curve of Ephraim Sackor’s features seemed to express a man who was filled with extreme ambition which CounselorDoe saw as the ultimate drive to face the unfortunate circumstances of his life.Sackor folded his hands across his chest and lowered his head on the lawyer’s table as Counselor Doe dialed the number. (This story will be continued on Wednesday July 28th edition’s edition).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Don’t do anything you weren’t trained to do”– GPHC CEO

first_imgChief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, Brigadier Ret’d George Lewis sent a stern warning to the 56 Patient Care Assistants (PCA) to not attempt anything they were not trained to do while executing their duties.The PCA were part of a six-month training programme which culminated with a graduation ceremony on Friday at the Georgetown Club. Although 60 persons started the training on June 5, 2018, only 56 completed the syllabus.The CEO encouraged the graduates to demonstrate love to their patients while reminding them that they are not doctors.“Remember that you are not doctors or you are not nurses, you are Patient Care Assistants. You’ve been trained to perform a function (so) do not attempt to perform anything that you were not trained for,” he warned.The CEO further told the graduates that if they attempt something they were not trained for, they are likely to make mistakes which may result in a patient losing his/her life.He encouraged the new batch of healthcare providers to report any mistakes they make to their superiors.“If you make a mistake ensure that you report the mistake as early as possible (because) in health care, time is of the essence and if you make a mistake and you report it early, then your immediate superiors will be able to correct the mistake,” Lewis stated.In addition, they were urged that if a mistake is made, the pathologist will be able to find out the reason behind the person’s death and trace it back to the individual(s).Meanwhile, the Deputy CEO of medical facility, Elizabeth Gonsalves, reminded the graduates that they chose an interesting career and to make a difference as they enter the field.She urged them not to think about the pay cheque but in fact serve others without prejudice.Gonsalves’ words were endorsed by the Director of Regional Health Services, Dr Kay Shako who also told new health providers to serve the patients as their families and provide equal health care regardless of ethnicity and other values.Shako said, “Give equal health care to all patients and this is irrespective of the patient’s colour, the patient’s creed, the patient’s ethnicity, the socio-economic background the patient may come from, whether the patient has money or not, you deal with all patients the same way”.The persons who graduated will be dispersed across Guyana, as many of the students were hauled from the hinterland areas. In fact, one of the best graduating students came from Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).last_img read more

4 in custody for execution of Surinamese businessman

first_imgFour persons were taken into custody on Tuesday following the discovery of the body of a Surinamese businessman on the Number 63 Beach on Monday.Authorities in Suriname have confirmed that the arrests are in connection with a cocaine bust made one week ago which might be connected to the murder of the businessman.The body of a Surinamese national, identified as Nitinder Oemrawsingh, 40, of Corentyne Polder Nickerie Suriname was on Monday afternoon found on theThe cocaine that was intercepted in the shipment of rice in SurinameNumber 63 Beach on the Corentyne with a single gunshot wound to the head.The rice trader was implicated in a cocaine bust last Tuesday by Surinamese authorities. Some 2300 kilograms of cocaine was found in rice in a canter truck, which was intercepted at Jules Sedney Haven by the Narcotics Brigade of Suriname.Officials in the neighbouring country remain mum on the arrests which were made hours after the discovery of the body.Among those arrested are a truck driver and Customs Officer. However, theDead: Nitinder Oemrawsinghconfiscated cocaine is expected to be destroyed shortly.Reports are that the now dead man went missing on Friday after meeting with investigators in Suriname. It is believed that he made his way to Guyana shortly after and might have been on the run.It has been confirmed that he crossed the border by means other than the official Guyana-Suriname border ferry.Following the discovery of the body, an uncle visited the Skeldon Hospital Mortuary where he confirmed that the body is that of his nephew.Up to late Tuesday evening, detectives were reviewing the footage from their surveillance cameras.Meanwhile, sources told Guyana Times that upon discovery of the man’s body on Monday, an undisclosed sum of US currency was found in his possession.last_img read more

Protest erupts over closure of Brickdam Secondary

first_img…classes to recommence from today – CEOBy Ramona Luthi and Merissa WilsonEnraged parents, teachers and students of the Brickdam Secondary School on Tuesday took to the street in front of the educational institution to express their frustration and disgust over the Education Ministry’s decision to permanently close the school instead of repairing the facility.A parent holding a placard in front of Brickdam SecondaryChief Education Officer Olato SamIn the eyes of the infuriated persons, the Chief Education Officer (CEO) Olato Sam was unreasonable. Teachers voiced that this and other protests were based on concerns for the safety of the students of the Secondary School, pointing out that even engineers from the Education Ministry had declared the school a danger zone and banned persons from the upper flat.At the protest in front of the school, scores of parents, accompanied by their children clad in their school uniform, held up placards expressing their dissatisfaction and refusal to accept the closure of the Secondary School.Parents said there was a need for a new building to house the students and teachers and if that request was met, they would be content, highlighting that they were adamant in their non-acceptance of the schools given as options for relocation.“We need a building. They have a lot of buildings; they could give us a building. We can use other buildings in a shift system to house the children for the rest of the term. I don’t see a problem with it. But we are not sending our children to those … schools like Multi and Christ Church. No way!” an adamant parent noted.The students of the school also vented their anger and feelings of being unfairly treated by the Ministry.“Why is it we’re being placed in lower schools? Why? Don’t we have a voice? We want a new school, not to be placed elsewhere. In this situation they’re saying that it would be temporary, but we know that is not true. We wrote exams to come to this school and I don’t think our school should just become deceased, it needs repairs. That is all,” one visibly upset student said.Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Ministry came to a compromise with the teachers and parents to recommence classes from today.That decision was based on the grounds that students are in examinations period and a shift to another school could hinder their concentration and promotion for the next semester.Noting these factors as well as the consistent pleas not to have the students and teachers separated due to “cultural diversity”, the Ministry had taken the step to have classes resumed. In a document, teachers had signed on to this indicating their endorsement.As of today, the students will begin their exams at the building on a fixed schedule that has been formulated by the Ministry.The Chief Education Officer, during a press conference, had stated that the Ministry was confident that the building would be sufficient to house the children for the next three weeks.Given that there is now a smaller contingent of students as those from Form Five have finished their studies there, the Ministry believes that with adequate supervision there should be no unfortunate incidents in the shabby structure.Engineers attached to the Ministry have commenced work to ensure that there are no immediate hazards. The faults that are being addressed were initially raised by the teachers and students during their first sit-in on Friday.The Chief Education Officer assured that the Ministry was doing all in its power to create an environment which was safe for the teachers and students for the time being. It is currently mulling options for a permanent solution to the situation.last_img read more

Tragic errors fuel ferry sinking

first_img Shaaban el-Qott, 55, from Qena, Egypt, was looking for his cousin. He had been waiting at the port since Friday morning and spent the night on the street. “No one is telling us anything. All I want to know if he’s dead or alive. We rely on God. May God destroy Hosni Mubarak!” el-Qott shouted to a reporter Saturday, referring to the Egyptian president. “This government was supposed to throw this ship away and get a new one.” The rescue effort got off to a slow start. Initial offers of help were rejected, and two days after the ship set sail from Dubah, Saudi Arabia, just 376 survivors had been found. The ship’s captain was reported missing. Egyptian officials initially rejected a British offer to divert a warship to the scene and a U.S. offer to send a P3-Orion maritime naval patrol aircraft. Egypt reversed itself, but in the end only the Orion – which can search underwater from the air – was sent. Four Egyptian rescue ships reached the scene Friday afternoon, about 10 hours after the ferry was believed to have capsized. Many survivors complained that crew members discouraged them from putting on life jackets and said they did nothing to put lifeboats in service when it became obvious the ship would sink. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card As the blaze grew out of control, passengers not locked in their rooms moved to one side of the 35-year-old vessel. An explosion was heard, and high winds helped push the unbalanced ship over. The ship quickly sank with more than 1,400 passengers and crew and 220 cars aboard. News reports on Saturday said the ship’s captain and some of the crew fled their drowning vessel in one of the first lifeboats to launch. Despite the fire, the ship had managed to get within about 55 miles of the Egyptian port of Hurghada, according to official accounts. At the port of Safaga – the ship’s original destination – relatives and friends of passengers begged authorities for information. When there was none, some banged on the iron gates trying to storm the docks. Riot police with truncheons pushed the frantic crowd away from the port compound. Angry relatives threw stones, and some police could be seen hurling them back. SAFAGA, Egypt – The series of tragic errors that apparently claimed more than 1,000 lives on an Egyptian ferry escalated when the crew decided to push across the Red Sea despite the fire burning in the aging vessel’s parking bay, survivors said Saturday. The Al-Salaam Boccaccio 98 had sailed only about 20 miles from the Saudi shore, but its crew instead tried to reach Egypt’s shores 110 miles away. Only 376 survivors had been rescued by late Saturday. “We told the crew, ‘Let’s turn back, let’s call for help,’ but they refused and said everything was under control,” said passenger Ahmed Abdel Wahab, 30, an Egyptian who works in Saudi Arabia. Passengers began panicking, and crew members locked up some women in their cabins, Wahab and another survivor said, though many others being treated in Safaga hospitals Saturday said that was not true. last_img read more