In less than a week, I have noted 3 ships capsizing, 1 in Baja, MX, July 4th.....another in Jayapura, Papua and the most recent in Russia in the Volga River.

Across the globe we hear more and more stories of fisherman who can't bring their boats out to do their work.  The seas are angry and unpredictable.  Here''s another story of a fishing boat carrying 27 tourists with 16 Mexican crew members struggling in the sea when the ship capsized.

California residents rescued in fatal boat accident in Mexico

Fishing boat sinks in Baja

One person was reported dead and seven others missing Monday afternoon after a fishing boat carrying 27 U.S. tourists and 16 Mexican crew members capsized in rough seas in the Sea of Cortez, officials said.

The 27 tourists, most of them from California, were aboard the charter vessel Erick when a sudden storm struck the area about 2:30 a.m., hurling people into the ocean in the vicinity of San Luis Island, about 60 miles south of the Baja California port of San Felipe, the Mexican Navy said in a statement. The body water in which the ship capsized is also known as the Gulf of California.

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"The weather was calm, and then a strong wind came,"  Dora Winkler, a spokeswoman with the Port of San Felipe, told the Los Angeles Times.

Some of the first people rescued -- two tourists and the boat's cook -- were plucked from the water by a Mexican fishing boat, according to Winkler.

All of the 16 Mexican crew members were rescued, she said. The tourist who died was only identified as an adult male. Initial reports said six people were missing; officials later raised the number to seven.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from San Diego was assisting the Mexican navy as rescue crews scoured the area for survivors, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Pamela Boehland.

She said the Coast Guard was told by the Mexican Navy that most of the passengers were from Northern California and that one was from Port Angeles, Wash. The search was launched after one of the victims swam to shore and alerted Mexican officials, Boehland said.

"He swam to shore and actually walked to the nearest location," Boehland said, adding that she was unsure whether it was a town or village.

Mexican officials said all of the survivors were wearing life jackets. They were taken to local hospitals and appeared to be in good condition, the Mexican Navy said.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 12, 2017 at 11:20pm

Ferry with 50 passengers sinks off Philippines, 7 die

June 12, 2017

MANILA: A passenger ferry with more than 50 people on board including its crew capsized and sank when it was battered by big waves and strong winds in Romblon province in the Visayas, killing seven passengers with three others missing, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Commander Armand Balilio, the PCG spokesman, said the ill-fated vessel Alad Express 2 was bound for the capital city of Romblon in Romblon when the tragedy struck.

Citing initial reports, Balilio said the ferry with more than  50 passengers and crewmen on board left on Friday afternoon from Sibuyan island to the Romblon City port.

“While at sea, we were battered by big waves and strong winds which forced the ferry to crash into the rocks where it capsized and sank,” Balilio quoted one of the survivors as saying.

He added the PCG immediately sent a vessel to the area where it was assisted by fishermen in rescuing 45 passengers and crew as  it continued to search for the three missing people.

Also on Friday, police reported that two fishermen were missing when a cargo ship rammed into their boat off the town of Naujan in Mindoro Oriental province in Southern Luzon.

Police said the ship crewmen apparently were not aware of the ramming as it was seen proceeding towards the north.

Because of its archipelagic character of more than 7,000 islands, passenger ferries and motorbancas have become one of the most popular and cheapest forms of sea transports for people to go from one island to another.

But maritime experts warned that lax enforcement and aging vessels have been responsible for past maritime disasters until the government took the necessary steps by preventing, among others, ferries from leaving ports at the height of typhoons or storms.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 30, 2017 at 3:13am

Tug Crosby Commander Sinks in Gulf of Mexico; One Missing, Three Rescued

May 29, 2017

Crosby Commander. Photo credit: Cosby Tugs, LLC

One person is missing and three others have been rescued after a Crosby Tugs tugboat sank in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana on Monday.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it was searching along with good Samaritan vessels for a person in the water approximately 30 nautical miles south of Marsh Island.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 5 a.m. of the tug vessel Crosby Commander taking on water with four people aboard. Three people were able to evacuate to a life raft before the vessel sank.

One crewmember is missing.

The survivors in the life raft were rescued by the good Samaritan motor vessel Andi Nicole.

The survivors were rescued in good condition with no medical concerns.

The 85-foot Crosby Commander was built in 1978 and belongs to Crosby Tugs, LLC headquartered in Galliano, Louisiana.

The cause of the incident is under investigation

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 23, 2017 at 11:58pm

PCG comes to rescue capsized boat’s passengers

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 13, 2017 at 2:24am

Cargo ship sinks off Cebu

May 13, 2017

A cargo vessel sank early Sunday morning, May 7, about a kilometer from the shoreline of Talisay City, southern Cebu, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported.

None of the 22 crewmembers of the MV Fortuner was hurt in the incident, the PCG said.
Sam Shipping Company Inc., based in Cebu City, owns the ship.

Commander Dionlett Ampil of PCG Cebu Station said that the cause of the sinking was still unknown.

“We will call the ship captain and the crew to identify the reasons. We only have initial data as of now,” he said on Monday.

The Fortuner, which had a gross tonnage of 1,474 metric tons, suffered a crack at the middle of its hull about 4:30 a.m., the report said.

All the vessel’s crewmembers were transferred to a sister ship, MTUG 38, at about 6:10 a.m., 20 minutes before the Fortuner finally sank, it added.

The ship owner, Benson Go, informed the PCG about the mishap, Ampil said.

“Immediately, this station deployed personnel and aluminum boat to verify the report. At 7:30 a.m., oil spill boom was prepared for deployment,” the report said.

The report added that the PCG personnel deployed the oil boom to contain a small surface spill of oil or fuel in the area where the vessel sank.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 1, 2017 at 10:22pm

Two Alberta men dead after boat sinks off Vancouver Island near Tofino

Published on: May 1, 2017

The RCMP says two Alberta men died when a sport-fishing vessel overturned and sank off the west coast of Vancouver Island on Sunday.

The Mounties say the men are 32 and 42 years old, but their names and hometowns haven’t yet be released.

Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau says Tofino RCMP is investigating the capsizing of the 8.4-metre sport fishing vessel in waters northwest of Bartlett Island near Tofino.

She says three of the five men who were on board the vessel when it took on water and capsized were treated and released from hospital.

Linteau says other sport fishing vessels in the area helped rescue the men from the water, and Canadian Coast Guard personnel provided lifesaving measures.

Linteau says the RCMP and the Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of accident.

Someone on the boat made a distress call around 1:20 p.m., said Sub-Lt. Melissa Kia with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria.

“We were able to talk with the vessel, live, to confirm that the five passengers were abandoning into the water. While the boat was attempting to get in a better position to speak with us via cellphone, it lost communications with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre,” she said.

Coast guard rescue boats, a Royal Canadian Air Forces helicopter and a plane from CFB Comox were all dispatched to look for the passengers, and a broadcast was put out asking marine vessels in the area to search the area.

Two commercial float planes also responded to the call for help, Kia said, and one of them spotted the people in the water and directed rescuers to the location.

“All five people were recovered from the water by two vessels of opportunity (non-coast guard boats) that were very close to the position,” Kia said.

Jason Bertin said a float plane from his Tofino company, Atleo River Air Service, spotted the vessel and was able to pinpoint its location for rescuers.

“We got called by a local who asked us to go look, so we dispatched a float plane and we dispatched a helicopter out of the airport,” he said.

Bertin said he was in the helicopter but turned back after the vessel was spotted by the other aircraft.

All five people were taken to emergency health services in Tofino. A spokeswoman for Island Health said Sunday that the survivors were treated and released.

What caused the vessel to take on water remains unclear.

Kia said the sea was about two to three metres high Sunday afternoon and lighting conditions in the area were good. She said the water temperature off the west coast of Vancouver Island is between about eight and 10 degrees at this time of year.

Bertin said the vessel was located in waters “very close” to where the whale watching vessel Leviathan II capsized in October 2015 with 27 people on board. Six people died in that incident.

The Transportation Safety Board has yet to complete its investigation into the cause of the tragedy. In the days immediately following the sinking, investigators said Leviathan II passengers had been standing on one side of the top deck when a wave hit the opposite side of the vessel.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 26, 2017 at 5:19am

Three injured when boat overturns in Moreton Bay with 11 onboard

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 8, 2017 at 7:14am

Storm capsizes barge in San Francisco Bay

Posted: 04/07/17, 7:03 AM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the storms in California (all times local):

7 p.m

Authorities are trying to prevent an oil spill from a barge that sank in San Francisco Bay during a storm that also knocked out power to thousands and threatened homes in Oakland.

The 112-foot freight barge carried a crane. It went down shortly before 12:30 a.m. Friday south of the Bay Bridge.

Authorities say 40-mph winds from the storm capsized it.

The barge carried more than 4,000 gallons of fuel and oil. Crews have boomed off the area and the owner plans to have salvage divers raise the barge.

The storm that hit Thursday also caused a landslide in the Oakland hills, and six homes were evacuated. It knocked out power to about 40,000 customers in the Bay Area but the electricity has been restored.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 3, 2017 at 7:05am

South Korea cargo ship disappears off Uruguay coast, leaving many missing

A South Korean ship is believed to have sunk off the coast of Uruguay after making an SOS call. An ongoing search by the Uruguayan navy and nearby merchant ships has found two survivors.

Frachter Stellar Daisy ( Ryong Kim)

Some 22 people were missing on Saturday after a South Korean cargo ship disappeared and apparently sank in the South Atlantic Ocean.

The 24-man crew on the Stellar Daisy carrier, which is owned and operated by South Korean-based Polaris Shipping, sent out an SOS on Friday just before noon local time (1400 UTC) and sent a text message to Polaris saying they were taking on water on the port side.

The ship last made contact about 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 kilometers) off the coast of the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo.

Two survivors

An ongoing rescue search by Uruguayan navy and nearby merchant ships has so far found two survivors. Several empty lifeboats and rafts were also found in the area.

A statement from the navy said the first ships to reach the scene detected a "strong smell of fuel" and debris in the water, indicating that "the damaged ship had sunk."

The ship had departed from a port in Brazil. Its intended destination was not immediately clear.

and another:

Rescue work in still in progress. Photo shows the overturned boat near the spot of accident.
Rescue work in still in progress. Photo shows the overturned boat near the spot of accident.

Boat carrying 55 sinks in Sandwip channel

25 still missing

At least 25 went missing after an engine-run boat capsized in Guptachara area of Sandwip yesterday evening, Agencies report.

Around 55 passengers were on board when the boat capsized there around 7:45pm, police sources said. Some 15 to 16 people managed to swim ashore while the rest of the victims remain missing.

The people were being ferried to Guptachara ghat of Sandwip after they came there from Kumiraghat of Chittagong by a sea truck.

The sea was very turbulent due to a depression prevailing over the bay, Patenga Met Office sources said.

Some 20-25 people are missing said Officer-in-Charge of Sandwip Police Station Shamsul Islam, adding that coast guard members went to the spot to rescue the missing people.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 24, 2017 at 4:45am

More Than 200 Migrants Feared Dead as Two Boats Capsize in Mediterranean

MADRID — A Spanish aid organization says it has recovered five bodies from waters off the Libyan coast and fears that at least 240 migrants could have died after two boats capsized in the Mediterranean.

Proactiva Open Arms spokeswoman Laura Lanuza said each rubber boat usually holds 120 people, but smugglers tend to fill them over capacity to maximize their benefits in each trip.

Image: Lifeguards lift the body of a migrant during a search and rescue operation off the Libyan coast
Lifeguards from the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms lift the body of a migrant onto the former fishing trawler Golfo Azzurro during a search and rescue operation in central Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, March 23, 2017. Yannis Behrakis / Reuters

She said the NGO confirmed the sinking of two boats but was only able to find the bodies of five men of African origin on Thursday morning, about 13 miles north of the Libyan town of Sabratha.

The migrants were between 16 and 25 years old and appeared to have drowned, said Lanuza, as their bodies didn't show any sign of violence. The NGO's rescuers were searching for a third boat.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 20, 2017 at 5:16am

A fishing boat carrying eleven people sank off eastern China, local media reported Sunday.

BEIJING (Sputnik) – According to the Xinhua news agency, the incident occurred not far from the city of Zhoushan  in China’s eastern Zhejiang province.

The rescuers have saved five people, the searching operations continue, the agency reported.

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