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Saturday, 19 April 2014 13:58

Ferry stops service on Mississippi River

 

MEYER, Ill. (AP) — A farm cooperative has shut down a ferry service that shuttled agricultural products and other goods across the Mississippi River between western Illinois and eastern Missouri.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reported Friday that the Ursa Farmers Cooperative made the decision, citing a too costly $618,000 in needed repairs. The ferry connected the cities of Canton in Missouri and Meyer in Illinois. The cooperative operated the ferry for the last two decades and shut it down about a month ago.

Roger Hugenberg is the cooperative's assistant general manager. He called stopping the ferry service a "tough decision" but says that the repair costs couldn't be justified.

Hugenberg says it's possible the ferry could return but it would require new partnerships to share costs.

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Emergency crews have resumed the recovery effort for a woman who fell off a Mississippi River ferry Friday.

Police say the St. Louis County woman fell off the front of the Golden Eagle Ferry. Crews have used sonar, rescue swimmers, and helicopters, but the woman has not been see since she first went under water. After a rescue effort was suspended last night, crews transitioned to a recovery effort Saturday morning.

The Golden Eagle Ferry runs between St. Charles County and Calhoun County in Illinois.

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   KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An overloaded ferry capsized after hitting rocks in a remote river in Malaysia's part of tropical Borneo island on Tuesday, leaving an unknown number of people missing, police said. Some survivors swam ashore, and a search was underway.

   The vessel was believed to be carrying much more than its recommended limit of 74 passengers, said Bakar Sibau, a district police chief in Malaysia's Sarawak state.

   Bakar said there appeared to be dozens of survivors, but he did not have exact numbers. Some people swam ashore, and police divers, fire department officers and villagers were searching for the missing passengers.

   "We hope they will be OK," Bakar said of the missing.

   The boat was packed because many people are heading to their home villages for a harvest festival holiday that Borneo's indigenous tribes will celebrate later this week, Bakar said.

   Rom Kulleh, a political aide who flew in a helicopter over the river shortly after the accident, said he and his state legislator boss saw the overturned boat.

   "We spotted some people being saved by villagers in smaller boats," Rom told the AP.

   The accident occurred midway through a 130-kilometer (80-mile) journey that usually takes about three hours.

   Rivers form the main transportation network for hundreds of thousands of people in sprawling Sarawak. Public concerns about safety, including the enforcement of rules for ferry capacity, have occasionally emerged, but major boat accidents in Sarawak are rare.

   Borneo island is divided among three countries: Indonesian territory in the south, two Malaysian states in the north and tiny Brunei on the north coast.

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