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 6, 2012 at 9:15am

Four fishermen survive boat capsize


Mangalore, August 5: Four fishermen, who set out from fishing harbor, here, in the early hours of Sunday, survived high rising waves after the traditional boat they sailed in, capsized off the South Wharf.


Unpredictably, the sea turned rough in the wake of strong wind near the mouth of estuary when fishermen was returning after a successful half-day fishing venture, sources said.


Fortunately, other fishermen, who caught a glimpse of the accident at sea, rescued and brought them to the coast.

It is learnt that when the boat reached near the mouth of estuary, it was hit by big waves that caused it to overturn and capsize.

While three fishermen started swimming following the incident another one managed to cling on some remains of the fishing boat until they were found by rescuers.

According to sources, owner of the boat, P T Siddiq from Hoige Bazzar in the city, suffered a loss of around Rs 3 lakh as the boat capsized along with the fish and other materials.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 3, 2012 at 6:11pm,-28-survive-as-f...

Wednesday, August 1. 2012

5 missing, 28 survive as fishing boat capsizes off Agusan del Norte

BUTUAN CITY (PNA) -- Five fishermen were missing while 28 others managed to survive when a fishing boat capsized off the coastal town of Tubay and City of Cabadbaran, all in Agusan del Norte province early dawn Wednesday.

Office of the Civil Defense Chief of Technical Services and Information Amado Mazo Posas of Caraga Region said the survivors were fishermen from Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.Their fishing boat capsized as they sailed off the coast of Tubay and Cabadbaran City.

In a mobile phone interview, Posas told PNA he is now coordinating with the Philippine Coast Guard in the monitoring of the search and rescue operations conducted by multi-agency teams from the Coast Guard, the PNP Maritime units, and the Cabadbaran City Search and Rescue team of the City Disaster Coordinating Council.

The OCD official said accounts from the survivors claimed that as they were sailing off the coast between Tubay and Cabadbaran City around 4 a.m. Monday morning August 1, strong winds and huge waves hit their fishing boat causing it to capsize.

The survivors claimed the incident was so sudden because when they left Buenavista town the weather was fine. Butuan City is now experiencing scorching heat of the sun.

According to Posas, the victims told him that when they are already at sea, a storm surge suddenly appeared coupled with strong winds and huge waves.

Posas said they are still in the process of identifying the those missing.

Posas said he also received reports that many fishing boats were also sailing at that time in the area where a storm surge suddenly appeared.

“We are now searching if there are other victims. We pray the initial reports that many boats capsized too were not all true,” Posas said as he appealed to families of other fishermen to report immediately to authorities if their family members went fishing and have not return yet.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 3, 2012 at 5:52pm

Five rescued after fishing boat capsizes 40 miles from Sitka

JUNEAU -- A 50-foot fishing vessel capsized and sank while pulling in loaded salmon nets but another nearby boat rescued all five of the stricken vessel's crew members, the Coast Guard reports.

Lt. Ryan Erickson says the Evening Star sank early Thursday about 40 miles northwest of Sitka. The boat went down in Slocum Arm in 300 feet of water with about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard. The fishing vessel Chickamene came to the rescue and took the Evening Star's crew to Sitka.

Erickson says the Coast Guard is working with the vessel owner to deal with pollution and salvage the boat if possible.

Inspectors saw a sheen in the area Thursday afternoon, prompting the Alaska Fish and Game Department to announce an emergency closure of an active salmon fishery.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 1, 2012 at 3:18am

SA Time: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 3:14:16 AM

Tourists rescued off capsized boat


File picture - Eleven German tourists were rescued by Durban lifeguards when their boat capsized off the city's popular Sun Coast Casino beach on Tuesday. Photo: Shayne Robinson

Durban - Eleven German tourists were rescued by Durban lifeguards when their boat capsized off the city's popular Sun Coast Casino beach on Tuesday.

Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said the tourists were apparently on a whale-watching trip when their boat was hit by a wave and capsized.

They sustained minor injuries and shock and were taken to the St Augustine's Hospital, in Durban.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) helped skipper Ben van Rensburg recover the boat, said spokesman Craig Lambinon.

He said the exact cause of the capsize would be investigated by the SA Maritime Safety Authority.

Initially, municipal lifeguards pulled nine of the tourists ashore. The missing two were found under the boat which, according to Lambinon and Botha, was drifting dangerously close to the shore and could have crushed the pair had it beached.

Sun Coast Casino staff rushed to the beach and gave the shocked tourists blankets and refreshments. - Sapa

Comment by Howard on May 1, 2012 at 12:24am

Update: "In one of the worst boat tragedies in Assam, 103 people, including women and children, drowned and over 100 went missing."  Source

River Ferry in India Breaks in Two, Capsizes (April 30) -

A packed ferry boat capsized in remote northeastern India late Monday, leaving at least 35 people dead and 165 others feared missing, police said.

Assam state police chief J.N. Choudhury said the boat was carrying about 350 passengers and broke into two pieces. About 150 people who were travelling on the top level were rescued or swam to safety, he said.

Details were sketchy because bad weather and the remoteness of the area hampered communication.

Choudhury said the accident occurred on the Brahmaputra river near Fakiragram in west Dhubri district. The area is about 350 kilometres west of the state capital, Gauhati, and close to where the river enters Bangladesh. He said officials in that country had been contacted for help.

The area is dotted with riverside settlements and small islands, and boats are the most common mode of transport.

Mohan Lal, a senior officer with the Border Security Force, said 35 troops were at the accident site on boats and were using hand-held searchlights. He said a team of federal rescue workers was also on its way.

Lal said troops had located the upturned and broken pieces of the boat but were unable to lift them without a crane.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issued a statement expressing shock and grief at the loss of life.

Comment by Howard on April 4, 2012 at 7:55pm

Boat Encounters Huge Waves on Lake Mainit in Philippines, Sinks -

"An elderly woman was killed on Tuesday after a boat with 28 resort guests on board capsized off Agusan del Norte."

"Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Lt. Col. Algier Ricafrente said the boat encountered huge waves, which damaged its outrigger and caused it to capsize and sink." 

"Lake Mainit is the fourth largest and the deepest lake in the Philippines with maximum depth reaching 223 meters. It is located in northeastern Mindanao and straddles the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte."


Comment by jorge namour on March 13, 2012 at 6:11pm

US Coast Guard Responds to Vessel Collision on the Caribbean Sea Mar. 12, 2012 20:30

WASHINGTON -- The Coast Guard was called to respond to a vessel collision on the Caribbean Sea on Saturday. The collision took place on Saturday morning between the 492-foot Liberia-flagged motor vessel Timor Stream and the 557-foot United Kingdom-flagged motor vessel Seagate about 60 miles northeast of Haiti's Isle de Tortue. According to reports, the Seagate had 21 crewmen on board when it started to take in water. Eighteen of them boarded life rafts while the three others remained on board to assess the damage. Out of the 18 crew members on the life rafts, 17 were rescued by the motor vessel Timor Stream, and one was rescued by a motor yacht named Battered Bull. All crew members are accounted for and there were no reports of injuries. The Seagate's captain confirmed that the vessel is stable and there is only minimal water in the engine room. However, the collision punctured one of the fuel tanks, with a potential release of about 4,000 gallons of lube oil. The Timor Stream has an unknown number of crewmen aboard, and it was confirmed that the ship only sustained minimal damage. The crew added that the ship is structurally sound and it will remain in the area until released by the Coast Guard. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Venturous arrived on scene and took on the role of on-scene commander. The Venturous is homeported in Florida, with Cmdr. Troy Hosmer as the commanding officer.

Comment by Andrey Eroshin on February 18, 2012 at 2:23pm

17.02.12. Fast Ferry Maverick Dos ran aground between Ibiza and Formentera
Another accident due to human error: The Maverick Dos fast ferry ran aground in the Balearic Islands last night at 7.55pm as it transported 21 passengers from Ibiza to Formentera. Captain Luis GascУГn made sure all of his passengers and six crew members were evacuated to safety by coastguards before he would leave the ferry himself.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 4, 2012 at 7:38pm

New ZetaTalk

Reply by Nancy Lieder 7 hours ago The ship in the video was apparently split in half by an explosion, would it have been something else like a sudden rise in sea level? Would the Zetas be able to comment?
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Five killed as explosion tears ship apart off Korean coast
January 15, 2012
A 4191-tonne freight vessel carrying oil exploded on Sunday morning in the Yellow Sea off South Korea’s port city of Incheon. Five crew members of the total of 11 Koreans and five Burmese have been killed, while six others are missing. According to South Korean Coast Guard, the incident happened three miles north of Jawol Island around 8 am.

At 8:00 am in South Korea, the Sun is high over the Pacific, just the location for the strong polar push of the wobble, sending the emerging magnetic N Pole of Earth back over the horizon. This is the time when the globe is shoved NORTH in the Pacific Rim, which would indeed cause the undersea landscape just 3 miles north of Jawol Island to shove under and tear apart the oil tanker. This is of course the same global push that occurred in Italy to the Contra Concordia, when the undersea landscape moved suddenly SOUTH on that side of the globe to gash its side, late in the evening. On opposite sides of the globe, on opposite sides of the clock, both victims of the same global wobble.

Comment by KM on February 1, 2012 at 3:05am

Five killed as explosion tears ship apart off Korean coast

A 4191-tonne freight vessel carrying oil exploded on Sunday morning in the Yellow Sea off South Korea’s port city of Incheon. Five crew members of the total of 11 Koreans and five Burmese have been killed, while six others are missing.

­According to South Korean Coast Guard, the incident happened three miles north of Jawol Island around 8 am. Five people were rescued from the vessel. The Coast Guard has dispatched patrol and rescue boats to search for those missing.

The immediate cause of the explosion is not yet known.

The vessel exploded after leaving the port of Incheon en route to another port, Daesan, in South Korea’s South Chungcheong Province.

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