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 August 1, 2017 at 9:18am

Passenger boat capsizes in Isabela; 3 dead, 53 rescued

Sunday, July 30, 2017
AT LEAST three persons drowned and 55 others were rescued after their boat sank in Palanan, Isabela on Sunday, July 30. Senior Inspector Mariano Manalo, Palanan police chief, identified the fatalities as Joel Tuppil and a certain Dimasalang from Cauayan City, Isabela; and Mylene Silva from Bataan. Ronald Silva, one of the boat's passengers, was reported missing, Manalo said. Manalo said the boat's engine failed upon reaching Sitio Divinisa in Barangay Culasi, Palanan and it was hit by strong winds and huge waves, causing the vessel to capsize. He said the boat was carrying 57 passengers, including six crew members. Rescuers saved 53 people, including the boat's crewmen. Search operation is ongoing for the missing person

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 27, 2017 at 6:33am

Five Thai tourists drown when snorkeling boat sinks in Chumphon Bay

Breaking News July 27, 2017 09:16

Five Thai tourists drowned when a boat taking visitors to snorkel around islands in Chumphon Bay capsized because of high waves and strong winds on Wednesday night.

The Chok Thara 2 boat sank near Koh Ngam and Koh Kalok and the authorities were alerted at 9pm.

Initially, eight tourists and three crew members were rescued and five tourists were reported missing.

Chumphon Governor Narong Polla-iad said on Thursday that rescuers later found four women and one man trapped in the boat.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 26, 2017 at 10:47pm

Family of four and dog rescued as yacht sinks
July 26 2017

A family of four and their Labrador dog were rescued last night by the volunteer Lyme Regis lifeboat crew, after their yacht was swamped by waves and sank at Charlton Bay, west of Lyme.

The yacht was being sailed from Lyme Regis by Joe Coles, 56, from East Coker, Yeovil. Also on board were his wife Tania, sons Theo, 9, Hector, 19, and their 14-month-old Labrador Suki.

Mr Coles said: ‘We had been having a picnic and were close to the shore. Suki would not get on the boat. We got out of the boat to get the dog and two big waves hit the yacht and pretty much sank it.

‘We were all safely ashore but wet and cold, and very pleased when we saw the lifeboat. The whole thing was Suki’s fault really.’

The family had left Lyme in the 5.5m (18ft) vessel, called Llewellyn, just as the Red Devils were giving their display as part of the Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 25, 2017 at 6:50pm

Speed boat sinks in central Indonesia

A speedboat carrying about 47 people capsized in waters off North Kalimantan province in central Indonesia on Tuesday.

 Rejeki Baru speed boat, heading to Tanjung Selor of Bulungan district, sank after sailing 1 km off the coast of Pelabuhan Tengkayu of Tarakan town, spokesman of the national search and rescue office Marsudi said.

"Our personnel are undertaking a search and rescue operation for the victims of the incident," he told reporter.

Rescuers from the navy and water police also took part in the rescue operation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 21, 2017 at 10:15am

Close shave for 10 tourists, 2 crew members as boat sinks off T'ganu

MARANG: A fishing vessel carrying ten tourists and two crew members sank three nautical miles off Pulau Kapas here last night.

It was a nightmare for the tourists, who were on a squid-jigging expedition, when the 10.5-metre fishing boat developed mechanical failure and water began to gush in, causing to vessel to sink within minutes.

Thankfully, a tekong and six crew members of a fishing vessel nearby managed to save all the passengers just before their boat disappeared beneath the surface of the South China Sea in the 8pm incident.

The survivors were later sent to the Pulau Kapas jetty.

It is learnt that a faulty water pump inside the vessel’s engine room had contributed to the mishap, while choppy waters had facilitated the sinking.

Tekong Mohd Azam Ghazali said he saw a man bailing out water from the ill-fated boat, but did not sense anything amiss.

"Shortly after that, the boatman sent out a distress signal. I quickly manoeuvred my vessel in its direction and saw that the rear portion of the boat was already filled with water.

"As my boat was near enough, all the tourists and two crew members quickly jumped onto my vessel and within minutes, the stern of the crippled boat began to sink. The bow lifted vertically before the whole vessel sank into the water.

"The sea was very choppy during the time of the incident," he said.

It is learnt that all the tourists left the island and Marang this morning.

Meanwhile, State Fisheries director Zawawi Ali said he has ordered a full investigation into the incident.

He said safety is of primary concern and he wants to ensure that the boat owner had adhered to all safety measures, including regular maintenance.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 21, 2017 at 6:37am

Taiwanese tourist drowns in boat capsize in Philippines

2017/07/21 11:22:02

Manila, July 21 (CNA) A 63-year-old Taiwanese woman died when a boat capsized in Cebu in the central Philippines during bad weather, while a child in her group suffered pleural effusion, local police said Friday.

The woman, surnamed Chen (陳), was trapped under the boat after it capsized near a resort on Bantayin Island on July 19, according to the police.

All the other 11 Taiwanese tourists on the boat were safe, and the child with pleural effusion is in stable condition, the police said.

The boat was operating in gusting wind and heavy rainfall, the police said, adding that further investigation is needed to determine the responsibility of the boat's operator.

Chen was traveling as an independent tourist with 11 family members and friends, according to Taiwan's Tourism Bureau.

They arrived at Bantayin Island on July 17 and embarked for Virgin Island on July 19, the bureau said, but the weather deteriorated when the group was heading back, causing the boat to capsize, the bureau said.

The survivors were swept back to Virgin Island, where they were rescued. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 17, 2017 at 12:40pm

7 dead or missing after Vietnamese ship sinks in tropical storm

Rescue workers have been unable to locate where the 5,100-ton ship went down.

At least one man has died and six more are missing from a cargo ship that went down off Vietnam’s central coast on Monday in the middle of a tropical storm.

The ship was carrying 13 sailors and a cargo of coal from the northern province of Quang Ninh to Nghe An. A distress signal was sent out at 2 a.m. as the ship was seeking shelter near an island, but then it went off the radar.

As of 2 p.m. on Monday, local coast guards had rescued six crew members and recovered the body of the deceased, who was wearing a life jacket.

Nguyen Van Sang, one of the survivors who suffered head and leg injuries, said he was woken by screaming as the vessel quickly listed and capsized.

Rescue workers are searching for the remaining crew members, but no sightings of the 5,100-ton vessel have been reported.

The dead sailor was the first casualty of Tropical Storm Talas, the second storm to form in the East Sea and the first to make landfall in Vietnam this year.

Media reports said thousands of fishermen and tourists have been stranded offshore. Torrential rain has been sweeping through northern and central Vietnam, flooding streets in Hanoi and uprooting trees in nearby provinces.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 17, 2017 at 3:37am

'Dozens' missing as Cameroon army boat sinks

Vessel carrying troops from elite Rapid Intervention Brigade capsizes off south-west coast of country

Published: 04:00 July 17, 2017

Yaoundi: A Cameroon army vessel transporting “dozens” of troops from the elite Rapid Intervention Brigade capsized on Sunday off the country’s southwestern coast, a security source told AFP.

The boat “capsized on Sunday between the city of Limbe and Bakassi. There were dozens of troops on board, including a colonel,” the source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Rapid Intervention Brigade is in the front line of Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram extremists in the far north.

“The army has begun searches,” the source said, while another source close to the Cameroon army said at least one body had been recovered.

As well as the troops the boat was also transporting equipment for construction work at a military base on the Bakassi peninsula, where the Brigade has helped to bring security after a previous spate of hostage-takings.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 26, 2017 at 2:06am

Coast Guard helps 33 when rough waters capsize, swamp boats on Lake Erie

Posted on June 25, 2017 at 4:58 PM

The U.S. Coast Guard helped a total of 33 boaters on Saturday when bad weather created rough water on Lake Erie, causing vessels to take on water or capsize.

The military said its crews rescued 19 people and escorted another 14 back to shore in four separate weather-related incidents.

The first incident occurred about 1:45 p.m. Saturday, June 24, about a mile off Gem Beach on Catawba Island, near Sandusky.

"Coast Guard Sector Detroit command center received notification of a pontoon boat, with 12 adults aboard, that was hit by rough seas and taking on water," the Coast Guard said in a news release.

Of the dozen, three in the water were rescued by a U.S. Customs and Boarder Patrol boat crew. The other nine still aboard the pontoon were given an escort back to Gem Beach Marine by the Coast Guard. There were no injuries.

Less than an hour later, Station Erie received a "mayday" call from someone aboard a 28-foot charter boat with seven people aboard. The operator said the boat was taking on water. The boat was sitting about three miles offshore of the Walnut Creek Access.

All those aboard were helped from the water by a Coast Guard boat crew. They were brought to shore, where paramedics waited. One person was treated for inhaling water.

At 8:20 p.m. Saturday, 911 dispatch relayed a call to Station Erie that a 22-foot boat with a dozen people on board had capsized in Presque Isle Bay. Of those, 10 were rescued by a Coast Guard boat crew, and a good Samaritan helped the other two. None were injured.

In the day's fourth rescue, Coast Guard staff from Station Erie rescued two kayakers while on patrol.

The day's weather conditions had winds whipping up 4-foot waves. A small craft advisory had been issued.

"These cases we were involved in today highlight the importance of wearing a life jacket at all times, and knowing the weather conditions before getting underway," said Petty Officer 2nd Class James Stephenson, a member of one of the rescue crews from Station Erie. "Today could have been dramatically different and could easily have ended in tragedy for any one of these people." 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 19, 2017 at 7:56pm

At least three killed as Argentine fishing boat sinks off Chubut

Monday, June 19th 2017 - 10:07 UTC

The Mar del Plata-based “Repunte” had taken to sea from Puerto Madryn on June 13.

Argentine Coast Guard found Sunday the dead body of two of the nine crew members missing after Saturday's sinking of a fishing vessel off the coast of Argentina's southern province of Chubut, it was reported, while one more sailor whose body is yet to be retrieved is also feared dead and seven more are still missing.

The fishing vessel Repunte sank about 80 kilometers north of the coast of Rawson, in the Patagonian province of Chubut, it was reported. On Saturday, the Coast Guard managed to

rescue two survivors and detected the lifeless body of another sailor, shortly before stopping the search due to the weather that hit the area since the beginning of the weekend and for which the provincial government declared a state of emergency.

An airplane, a helicopter and the Coast Guard ship Prefecto Derbes are taking part in the search amidst waves of up to ten metres.

It all began Saturday morning, when the captain of the Argentine-flagged Repunte signaled the Maria Liliana, which sailed 16 nautical miles (about 32 kilometers) apart, that they were abandoning the ship in the middle of a strong storm.

The latter contacted the coastal station in Comodoro Rivadavia to request assistance, after which the search and rescue operation was launched. Once at the scene, the Coast Guard found an empty liferaft and was able to rescue one person alive. Another survivor was rescued by the helicopter's crew as well as one dead body.

The Mar del Plata-based Repunte had taken to sea from Puerto Madryn on June 13.

Federal authorites from Chubut's capital, Rawson, are in charge of investigating the incident.

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