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 January 2, 2018 at 6:17am

At least 8 dead, 13 missing after boat sinks in Indonesia

E-mail CGTN, January 2, 2018

At least eight people died, and 13 others remain missing after a boat sank off Indonesia's Kalimantan island on Monday, said rescue officials.

The boat with 48 passengers, including children on board, was on its way from Tanjung Selor to Tarakan on the Indonesian side of Borneo island when it overturned and sank.

The cause of the accident remains unclear.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 15, 2017 at 5:25am

No reported injuries as glass-bottom tourist boat sinks in harsh weather off Cozumel

COZUMEL,  Q.Roo — Harsh winds and unsteady waters were the cause of a glass-bottomed boat cracking off the island of Cozumel Wednesday Dec. 13. reported the glass-bottom boat tour sank when the bottom of the boat cracked and eventually gave way due to harsh winds and strong waves caused by the most recent cold front to hit the region. The tourist sightseeing boat, Sharky, began taking on water with both tourists and crew on board.


Port Authorities received a request for help by the boat’s captain. An emergency crew was sent to help those on board the sinking vessel. While waiting, captain of Sharky made his way to the nearest dock at Hotel Cozumel and Resort where all on board disembarked without incident.

The glass-bottomed boat did eventually sink but was recovered and towed to the Fonatur Marina to verify damages.

There were no reports of injuries.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 8, 2017 at 6:39am
Boat capsizes off Beypore, miraculous escape for 5
Published: Dec 8, 2017, 07:34 AM IST......
The boat ‘Jala Durga’ was struck by strong winds three nautical miles off the coast, causing the boat to lose control and capsize. The occupants of the boat were rescued by another boat ‘Don’. The fishermen have been admitted to Kozhikode Beach Hospital. The fishermen said though the sea looked calm from the shore, the deep sea is still rough even after the devastating Cyclone Ockhi.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 3, 2017 at 8:46pm

13 dead, 2 missing in chartered fishing boat capsize

By Yonhap News Agency  |  Dec. 3, 2017 at 10:58 AM

The 9.77-ton recreational fishing vessel, Seonchang-1, was carrying two crew members and 20 passengers when it hit the 336-ton Myeongjin-15 tanker in the Yellow Sea waters near Yeongheung Island. Photo courtesy Yonhap News Agency

Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A South Korean chartered fishing boat capsized off the country's western coast Sunday after colliding with a bigger tanker, leaving 13 people dead and two missing, the Korea Coast Guard said.

The 9.77-ton recreational fishing vessel, Seonchang-1, was carrying two crew members and 20 passengers when it hit the 336-ton Myeongjin-15 tanker in the Yellow Sea waters near Yeongheung Island.

The accident happened at around 6:09 a.m. about one mile southwest of Jindu port on Yeongheung, nine minutes after leaving land, according to Coast Guard officials.

The death toll was relatively high apparently due to the strong current and low temperature, they said.

It's the worst tragedy involving a South Korean recreational fishing boat since a similar accident in waters near Jeju Island in September 2015. Fifteen people were killed and three went missing at that time.

President Moon Jae-in received a briefing on the accident in less than an hour and ordered all-out search and rescue operations, his office Cheong Wa Dae announced.

The Korea Coast Guard are continuing to search for the missing in cooperation with the military, mobilizing dozens of ships, including the 2,500-ton Chungbuk frigate and some naval choppers. The Navy's specially trained divers also joined the operation.

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries launched a task force to handle the accident.

The authorities are looking into the exact cause behind the collision.

"There's no specific problem related to weather conditions, sailing reports or other (pre-departure) preparations," a Coast Guard official told reporters. "We are investigating how the accident happened, considering the possibility that the two ships collided with each other while passing through a narrow waterway under Yeongheung Bridge."

The victims were reportedly aged between 30 and 70. The survivors received medical checks and treatment at two hospitals, in Incheon and Siheung, Gyeonggi Province.

In the afternoon, the Coast Guard took the captain and a crew of the Myeongjin-15 tanker into custody to investigate if they were negligent in their duties to avoid the collision.

An official from the Coast Guard said the captain was well aware of the fact that the fishing boat was cruising nearby before the accident.

Comment by Derrick Johnson on November 19, 2017 at 6:38am

U.S. destroyer collides with Japanese tug boat marking the FIFTH time the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash

  • The USS Benfold sustained minor damage in the collision on Saturday
  • The Benfold remains at sea and the Navy plans to conduct a full damage report
  • The incident, which occurred in Japan's Sagami Bay, marks the fifth time the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash
  • Seventeen sailors have been killed this year in two collisions with commercial vessels 

A U.S. guided-missile destroyer, USS Benfold, sustained minor damage when a Japanese tug drifted into it during a towing exercise off central Japan on Saturday.

'No one was injured on either vessel and Benfold sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side, pending a full damage assessment,' a statement from the U.S. Seventh Fleet said. 

'Benfold remains at sea under her own power. The Japanese commercial tug is being towed by another vessel to a port in Yokosuka. The incident will be investigated,' it said.

The USS Benfold (pictured) sustained minor damage in the collision on Saturday with a Japanese tugboat

The USS Benfold (pictured) sustained minor damage in the collision on Saturday with a Japanese tugboat

The incident, which occurred in Japan's Sagami Bay, marks the fifth time the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash. 

The U.S. Navy announced a series of reforms this month aimed at restoring basic naval skills and alertness at sea after a review of deadly ship collisions in the Asia-Pacific region showed sailors were under-trained and over-worked.

Seventeen sailors have been killed this year in two collisions with commercial vessels involving guided-missile destroyers, the Fitzgerald in June off Japan and then the John S. McCain in August as it approached a port in Singapore.

 'It was one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world,' said retired Marine colonel and a former deputy assistant secretary of state Steve Ganyard. 

'One-third of all maritime shipping goes through here,' Ganyard said. 'So there were probably extenuating circumstances but no doubt, as we saw in the Fitzgerald, there was probably human error involved, as well.'  

On Jan. 31,  the USS Antietam ran aground off the coast of Japan, damaging its propellers and spilling oil into the water.

The Navy Times reported that the guided-missile destroyer grounded spilled an estimated 1,100 gallons of oil into Tokyo Bay. No one was injured in the incident.

The USS Lake Champlain crashed into South Korean fishing boat on May 9 during a routine training exercise.

The ship, also a guided-missile cruiser, crashed into the 9.8-ton fishing boat while in the Sea of Japan. 

No one was reported injured in the incident. 


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 10, 2017 at 2:11am

5 missing after fishing boat sinks in Brazil, 18 rescued

SAO PAULO — Brazilian authorities say five people are missing after a fishing boat with 23 crew members on board sank off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil's navy says the vessel went down Wednesday night near the town of Angra dos Reis. It says 18 people were pulled from the water alive by another fishing boat cruising nearby.

Navy patrol boats and air force planes were called in Thursday to search for the five missing men.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 2, 2017 at 12:29am

Sunday, October 29 2017

3 rescued after boat capsizes under Sunshine Skyway bridge

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 01, 2017, 10:34 AM EDT

The usually beautiful waters off the Sunshine Skyway bridge turned violent Sunday, capsizing a small boat with three people on board. 

  • 3 people rescued after boat capsizes under Skyway bridge
  • Windy conditions caused boat to tip over
  • Nearby jet skier helped bring boaters to safety

"It happened in the blink of an eye. One second you see a little bit of water coming; the next, the water is rushing in, and the boat started to sink," Stephen Lavelle said.

Lavelle and two friends, who were out fishing, knew the waters were choppy, and were headed back to Johns Pass when the high winds made their boat tip over.

"One second it was all fine. Then the whole dynamic changed to a panic almost, really not knowing what to do. The boat was going down," Lavelle said.

Thankfully, they were spotted by nearby Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Covert, who flagged down David Teichman, who was jet skiing nearby. 

"The mood was uplifted a bit, knowing that someone saw us out there," he said. 

Teichman actually used his jet ski to get the boaters to safety while other crews arrived.

The boaters say they owe him their lives.

"At the end of the day, we're very fortunate for us to be there. It could have been a lot different," Lavelle said. 

Several boating advisories were posted on Sunday because of high winds, and first responders say capsizing is always a worry on windy days.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 1, 2017 at 5:20pm

Turkish cargo vessel sinks off Istanbul coast

Vessel with 10 crew members onboard sinks seven miles off Istanbul’s Sile district on Black Sea coast



A Turkish cargo vessel with 10 crew members onboard sank seven miles off Istanbul’s Sile district on Black Sea coast on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications.

The statement by the Transport Ministry said 78.5 meter-long vessel named Bilal Bal sent a distress signal early morning, while it was transporting iron ore from Marmara port in northwestern Bursa's Gemlik district to northern Black Sea port in Zonguldak’s Eregli district.

“Search and rescue efforts are ongoing jointly by the Coast Guard Command, Directorate General of Coastal Safety and Naval Forces Command,” it added.

A coast guard aircraft, a helicopter and two boats of the Coast Guard Command; five rescue boats of the Directorate General of Coastal Safety; and a submarine rescue vessel took part in the rescue efforts, the statement said.

It also said that a life buoy, life raft, life boat and a rubber rescue boat belonging to the vessel, which sank seven miles off the Sile coast to the depth of 88 meters, were found during the efforts.

Coordinated and intense search and rescue efforts are ongoing, according to the statement.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 1, 2017 at 2:28am

Boat carrying fleeing Rohingya Muslims sinks, at least 4 die

Boat carrying fleeing Rohingya Muslims sinks, at least 4 die

  • Oct 31, 2017

DHAKA, Bangladesh - A boat carrying up to 45 Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar capsized in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday morning, and a Bangladeshi official said four bodies were recovered.

It was not clear how many people were missing

Mohammed Mikaruzzaman, local government administrator at Ukhiya, said some 23 people were rescued and a dozen of them were being treated.

The boat capsized Tuesday morning near Inani beach in Cox's Bazar district, which borders Myanmar.

The UN refugee agency said survivors told its staff that 42 people from six families left on a fishing boat in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state around 2 a.m. Tuesday. The boat hit rough seas and capsized, trapping people underneath, the agency said in a statement.

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have reached refugee camps in Bangladesh since Myanmar's security forces launched operations Aug. 25 that the United Nations and others have described as "ethnic cleansing."

About 190 people trying to flee have died in boat accidents in the Bay of Bengal or nearby waterways.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 28, 2017 at 4:54am

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