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Thursday 14 December 2017

In Brief: 17 bodies found in boat disaster

RESCUERS have found 17 bodies and 13 survivors from a boat overloaded with migrants that capsized off the Dominican Republic.

The boat, carrying about 70 migrants from the Dominican Republic to the US territory of Puerto Rico, capsized before dawn on Saturday and rescuers said hopes were fading for finding more survivors.

"Tomorrow the sea will start to return the bodies," said Jeffrey Pimentel, head of firefighters at Sabana del Mar, Santo Domingo.

Luis Castro, intelligence director of the Dominican Navy, said the bodies of 12 men and five women have been found. Thirteen survivors were rescued.

The suspected captain of the smuggler's boat has been detained, he said.



Film-maker killed in crash

MIKE deGruy, an award-winning American cinematographer who spent three decades making documentaries about the ocean, has been killed in a helicopter crash in Australia.

His employer, National Geographic, said Mr deGruy (60) and Australian TV writer-producer Andrew Wight died on Saturday.

Mr DeGruy has won multiple Emmy and BAFTA awards for his cinematography work.



Goo plan for 'train surfers'

INDONESIA has come up with another bizarre plan to keep commuters from riding on the roofs of trains: Swat them with brooms drenched in putrid goo.

Indonesia has tried just about everything to keep 'train surfers' from clamouring to the roofs of trains that crisscross its main island of Java, spraying them with paint guns, calling in sniffer dogs, and asking for help from clerics. Last month, grapefruit-sized concrete balls were hung on chains over the track.



Star Charlene is voted off ice

DALLAS star Charlene Tilton was voted off Dancing On Ice after she lost a skate-off against children's TV presenter Sam Nixon.

Judges Robin Cousins, Katarina Witt and Louie Spence all decided to save Nixon rather than Tilton.

Tilton said afterwards: "I feel all right. I've had the most amazing experience."

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