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 jorge namour on September 8, 2019 at 5:58pm

Cargo Ship Overturns, Burns Off Georgia; Four Crew Members Missing


Last week, a dive boat with 39 people on board caught fire and sank near Santa Cruz Island, off the California coast.

The US Coast Guard reported on Sunday that four people are still missing, with a further 20 rescued after a large cargo ship overturned off the coast of Georgia. The Coast Guard said that there were 23 crew members and one pilot on board at the time of the incident.

According to the Coast Guard, the ship was carrying vehicles and was leaving the port of Brunswick, Georgia when it turned onto its side. Following the incident, traffic in the port was suspended.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 27, 2019 at 8:01am

Cross River: Cameroon bound vessel  capsize with over 100 persons on board

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 26, 2019 at 7:19am

2 men drown in Lake Michigan over weekend; 14 rescued after boat capsizes

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Dangerous conditions are expected to continue on Lake Michigan Monday, after the water's rough waves were responsible for at least two drownings this weekend.
A beach hazard alert remains in place through Monday due to rains and strong winds that will whip up waves up to 6 feet high.
Emergency crews raced to 63rd Street beach Sunday after reports of two men in Lake Michigan who were thrown from their jet skies. The incident occurred while a swim ban issued by the city's Park District was underway for 25 Chicago-area beaches.

Luckily, Natalia Lopez, 9, spotted the men struggling in the choppy water and called for help.
"I saw two men, two men struggling to get out of the water. The waves were high," Lopez said.
But earlier this weekend, a man in Waukegan was thrown from a jet ski and pulled out of Lake Michigan in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
No one else was hurt. The victim's name has not been released.
On Sunday morning, two men, ages 26 and 35, were pulled out of Lake Michigan by the Chicago Police Department's Marine Unit shortly after they jumped into the water in Lincoln Park on the North Side. The 26-year-old was rescued in critical condition and later died at a hospital.
The 35-year-old refused treatment.
"We've been on a record pace this whole summer," said water safety expert Dave Benjamin, who tracks drownings in the Great Lakes. "When we're comparing Lake Michigan on this date in 2018, we had 27. Today, we have 35."
High water levels this summer have made an already dangerous Lake Michigan even more so. Last Thursday, 35-year-old Rene Padilla drowned while trying to save his daughter who was knocked into the water by a large wave after venturing out onto a breakwall at 31st Street Beach.

"I told him yes, take a vacation because the girls are going back to school and he wanted to spend one day with them," said Bob Spagnolo, Padilla's boss. "It's not right."

Chicago Fire Department officials said unfortunately 40-60% of all drowning victims are "would be" rescuers. Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States.

A boat also capsized in Lake Michigan Sunday, the Waukegan Fire Department said.

Fire officials and Coast Guard crews rescued 14 people, including children, who are all in good condition.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 6, 2019 at 6:04am

Three ferry boats capsize in Philippines, killing 31

Updated: Aug 05, 2019, 11:04 IST | Agencies

Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the dead were mostly passengers of two ferries that flipped over in sudden wind gusts and powerful waves Saturday off Guimaras and Iloilo provinces

The dead were mostly passengers of two ferries that flipped over in sudden wind gusts and powerful waves.

Manila: Rescuers recovered more bodies in rough seas where three ferry boats capsized after being buffeted by fierce winds and waves off two central Philippine provinces, bringing the death toll to 31 with three missing, the coast guard said Sunday.

Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the dead were mostly passengers of two ferries that flipped over in sudden wind gusts and powerful waves Saturday off Guimaras and Iloilo provinces. Sixty-two other passengers and crew were rescued. A third ferry, which was not carrying any passengers, also capsized in the Iloilo Strait but its five crewmen survived, Balilo said. Survivors recounted how the sky suddenly turned dark midway through their trip, followed by strong wind and rain that battered their ferries. Authorities wondered why a third ferry was allowed to sail about three hours after two other ferries overturned almost at the same time at noon in bad weather.

About 20 typhoons and storms batter the Philippines each year, making the archipelago that lies on the Pacific typhoon and earthquake belt one of the world's most disaster-prone countries.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 22, 2019 at 7:50am

Multiple people rescued from Lake Michigan after boat capsized

No one was injured in the incident.

NEW BUFFALO, Mich. - Four to six people had to be rescued from Lake Michigan after their boat capsized due to large waves.

The Berrien County Marine Unit, New Buffalo City Marine Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard responded to the incident around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. According to the owner of the boat, the 17-foot vessel took a large wave head-on and caused the vessel to capsize.

The New Buffalo Marine Patrol Unit arrived on scene first and rescued people out of the water and onto their boat, as well as private vessels that assisted with the rescue.

No one was injured in the incident, but the 17-foot boat was beached on shore for the night and removed Sunday morning when the waters calmed.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 9, 2019 at 9:57pm

One dead, five saved after fishing boat capsizes off south coast
Posted : 2019-07-09 10:34

One fisherman died after a fishing boat with six people aboard capsized off the south coast of South Korea on Tuesday, maritime police said.

The 8.55-ton Minseong-ho capsized in waters 22 kilometers southeast of Maemul Island in Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, around 3:42 a.m. The 24-year-old Sri Lankan fisherman was found dead inside the boat, while the remaining five fishermen were rescued.
After hearing a radio call from the Tongyeong Fishery Communications Bureau that the boat had overturned, the Coast Guard sent 26 patrol boats, four airplanes, a Navy vessel and three other fishing boats to the scene to save the crew members.
At the time of the accident, the boat was sailing in high waves of 2-2.5 meters. The Coast Guard said the boat overturned while using a sonar fish detector, adding it is looking into what caused the boat to capsize.

and another:

Four Indian Fishing Boats capsize in Bangladesh waters; 25 fishermen from Bengal missing

Of these 61 fishermen, 36 were rescued by the IFB in the vicinity

At least 25 Indian fishermen are missing as four fishing trawlers capsized in Bangladesh waters, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) said on Monday.

On Sunday, four Indian fishing boats from West Bengal - Dashabhuja, Babaji, Joyjogiraj and Nayan from Bengal with 61 crew members and fishermen on board capsized in Bangladesh waters.

Of these 61 fishermen, 36 were rescued by the IFB in the vicinity. However, as many as 25 crew members still remain missing.

The Indian Coast Guard received a telephonic message from Assistant Director (Fisheries Department), Diamond Harbour regarding the four fishing boats capsizing. Immediately, the Indian Coast Guard deployed a Hovercraft, fast patrol vessel and ICG aircrafts in the Indian waters.

On the other hand, the Indian Coast Guard requested Bangladesh Coast Guard to assist in rescue operations in Bangladesh waters.

A day ago, in a joint operation by Indian Coast Guard and Bangladesh Coast Guard an Indian Fishing Boat (IFB) with 13 crew members onboard were rescued despite the rough sea conditions.

and another:

Cruise passengers get a white-knuckle ride as massive breakers batter and threaten to capsize their sailing boat off Hawaii

  • A boat carrying passengers after a sunset cruise almost capsized in in Honolulu 
  • The strength of the wave redirects the boat's orientation and almost capsizes it
  • The captain, with the help of the passengers at the wheel, keep the boat upright

Passengers of a boat had the shock of their lives as their boat battled through rough conditions, almost capsizing. 

The footage, taken in Honolulu, Hawaii, shows the charter chip being carried by a big wave while making its way back to dock after a sunset cruise. 

A witness who saw the scene unfold said: '[The captain] was coming into the channel to dock the boat, right when the biggest set of the day came.'

The strength of the wave knocks it off its course to land and almost capsizing it.

'Bro that boat's gonna go. Oh my god look at that,' the onlooker says before adding: 'They're in trouble bro.' 

Luckily the captain and the passengers, who surround him at the wheel, are able to keep the boat upright together. 

At that moment the camera pans to a nearby group of surfers making the most of the waves. 

The other boat passengers can be seen holding on to the mast and boom, trying their best to stay on the vessel. 

The captain and passengers at the wheel manage to keep the afloat as the wave crashes ahead of them.

Just as another wave is about to break, the boat is reoriented back toward the shore. 

The wave does not appear as big as the one before it, but the captain uses its momentum to get the boat back to the dock quicker.

The onlooker, now relieved, can be heard says: 'Oh my god boat, they're gonna be ok. Yeah captain, good job, killed it.' 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 27, 2019 at 12:34am

Cargo vessel capsizes off San Fernando, Cebu

Sunstar 25 June 2019

CEBU (Updated) -- A cargo vessel capsized off San Fernando, Cebu Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2019.

The cargo vessel, M/V Eva Mary Grace, was carrying at least 12 crew members when it sank off the SEDC Port in Barangay South Poblacion, San Fernando around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, said the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Central Visayas.

The PCG said the crew members were loading cement bags into the ship when a swell hit the vessel, causing it to list and then capsize.

One of the crew members, identified as Manuel Incarnacion, a crane operator, was injured as he was left inside the vessel when it sank.

Incarnacion was later rescued and rushed to a hospital for treatment.

The 11 other crew members are safe, said the PCG.

The PCG-Central Visayas had sent its Quick Response Team to the area.

The Quick Response team is composed of Coast Guard Special Operations Unit, medical team and marine environmental Protection unit.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 30, 2019 at 2:03am

7 dead, 20 missing after sightseeing boat sinks in Hungary

Updated 4:31 pm PDT, Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Rescuers and police officers inspect the River Danube from a landing dock after a tourist boat crashed with another ship late Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The boat capsized and sunk in the Danube River Wednesday

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Seven people were confirmed dead and at least 20 were missing early Thursday after a sightseeing boat carrying at least 32 South Korean passengers and two crew members collided with another vessel and sank in the Danube River in downtown Budapest.

Rescue officials said seven bodies had been recovered. Pal Gyorfi, spokesman for the National Ambulance Service, said seven people were rescued and hospitalized in stable condition following the accident Wednesday night.

There was some confusion about the total number of people involved. National police spokesman Kristof Gal said 33 South Koreans were on the boat, while the boat's operator and others said it carried 32 passengers. The two crew members were identified as Hungarian.

Employees from the South Korean Embassy in Budapest were assisting Hungarian officials in identifying those rescued and the deceased.

Officials said searchers were checking the Danube for miles downriver from Budapest. The river was fast-flowing and rising as heavy rain continued in the city.

Earlier, the news website said one of the people rescued was found near the Petofi Bridge, which is about two miles south of Parliament.

Dozens of rescue personnel, including from the military and divers, were involved in the search.

The boat that sank was identified as the "Hableany" (Mermaid), which is described on the sightseeing company's website as "one of the smallest members of the fleet." It has two decks and a capacity for 60 people, or 45 for sightseeing cruises.

Mihaly Toth, a spokesman for the Panorama Deck boating company, said the "Hableany" was on a "routine city sightseeing trip" when the accident happened. He told state television that he had no information about any technical problems with the boat, which he said was serviced regularly.

another link:

Seven dead in Hungary boat capsize as death toll rises

BUDAPEST: At least seven people died when a tourist boat with South Korean tourists on board capsized on the Danube river in Budapest late on Wednesday and several people have been taken to hospital, police and ambulance told state television.

TV said that 14 people had been lifted from the river so far, seven of them dead. Correcting earlier reports, it said there were 33 tourists on board and two crew.

The Danube is flooding, with strong currents, and there is heavy rain in Budapest which makes rescue efforts difficult. --Reuters

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 24, 2019 at 3:52pm

Tugs tow Norway cruise ship after 463 rescued; 17 injured

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — More than 450 passengers were airlifted off a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway's western coast in bad weather before the rescue operation was suspended Sunday so the vessel could be towed to a nearby port, Norwegian authorities said.

Five helicopters flying in the pitch dark took the evacuated passengers from the tossing ship in a painstaking process that continued throughout the night. The rescues took place under difficult conditions that included wind gusts up to 38 knots (43 mph) and waves over 8 meters (26 feet).

Some 17 people were hospitalized with injuries, police said.

Passenger Alexus Sheppard told The Associated Press in a message sent from the Viking Sky that people with injuries or disabilities were winched off the cruise ship first. The atmosphere onboard grew calmer after the rescue operation's first dramatic hours, Sheppard said.

"It was frightening at first. And when the general alarm sounded it became VERY real," she wrote.

Photos posted on social media showed the ship listing from side to side, and furniture smashing violently into walls.

"We saw two people taken off by stretcher," another passenger, Dereck Brown, told Norwegian newspaper Romsdal Budstikke. "People were alarmed. Many were frightened but they were calm."

The Viking Sky carried 1,373 passengers and crew members when it had engine trouble in an unpredictable area of the Norwegian coast known for rough, frigid waters.

The crew issued a mayday call Saturday afternoon.

Police said the crew, fearing the ship would run aground, managed to anchor in Hustadvika Bay so the evacuations could take place.

Coast guard official Emil Heggelund estimated to newspaper VG that the ship was 100 meters (328 feet) from striking rocks under the water and 900 meters (2,953 feet) from shore when it stopped.

The ship was visiting the Norwegian towns and cities of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before its scheduled arrival Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the River Thames. The passengers mostly were a mix of American, British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian citizens.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 19, 2019 at 3:39pm

Captain missing after towing vessel sinks in Plaquemines Parish

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