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 21, 2012 at 5:31am

Bridge Inspection Boat Capsizes in North Chelmsford

The boat was in the Merrimack River headed to Tyngsborough to do a bridge inspection.

For passers-by in North Chelmsford this morning, the scene on the Merrimack looked slightly similar the scene of the fatal cruise ship accident in Italy after a boat contracted by the state to perform a bridge inspection bridge capsized.

Officials got the call about the Harcon Corp.  boat early Thursday morning as it was drifting to the waters near the North Chelmsford railroad tracks. The boat was headed out to inspect a Tyngsborough bridge.

Chelmsford Fire Department responded to the incident, which reportedly happened when the company backed the boat onto a boat ramp and a holding chain snapped. The boat floated into the water, flipped, and made its way to the waters near Brickhouse Pizza.

During bridge inspections, the boat allows inspectors to be lifted up closer to the bridge to examine its structure and determine if it is safe.

Nobody was hurt.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 19, 2012 at 3:46pm
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 18, 2012 at 2:37pm

Divers rescued by water policeNine divers have been rescued off the coast of Sydney after their boat was capsized by a freak wave as they returned to shore. Face transplant dad smiles for first timeA US fire victim who was among the first in the world ...

Boat accident at Broken Bay


Capsized ... Ambulance officers set up to treat injured people from a boating accident off Palm Beach Picture: John Grainger

EIGHT people have been thrown into the water after a dive boat capsized north of Sydney today.

Police said some of those in the water, more than a mile offshore, have been injured.

“Two police water vessels are on the way. We will not know how badly they  are hurt till we get them on the rescue boats,’’ a police spokesman said.

The accident happened just before 2pm (AEDT) at Box Head at the entrance to Broken Bay, just north of Palm Beach.

The area is full of shallow sandbanks and is noted for its shark population.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 18, 2012 at 2:24am
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 16, 2012 at 7:44am

posted by Gerard......Tanker sinks in Albania

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 15, 2012 at 7:15pm

South Korean oil ship explodes; North not suspected

A South Korean Coast Guard boat cruises near the broken cargo ship Doola No. 3 after an explosion off the western port city of Incheon.

REPORTING FROM SEOUL -– An explosion on a fuel tanker off South Korea’s west coast Sunday killed five crewmen and left six missing, though authorities here do not suspect North Korean involvement.

Photographs showed that the blast aboard the 4,191-ton vessel Doola No. 3 broke the ship in half. The explosion took place several miles off the coast of Incheon, South Korean coast guard officials said. Five crew members aboard the ship were rescued.

Ship owners said Sunday that the explosion took place while gas was being drained from the oil tank. "The vessel usually transports diesel, but this time it carried gasoline. We are now examining whether it had any relation to the explosion," a company official told Seoul’s Yonhap news service.

Before leaving port in Incheon, the ship had unloaded 6,500 tons of gasoline.

The coast guard said it was searching for the missing crewmembers. Officials said that 11 South Korean and five Myanmar crewmen were aboard the ship.

The incident occurred far from the tense sea border with North Korea, where the communist regime is accused of torpedoing a South Korean warship in 2010, killing 46 crewmen.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 15, 2012 at 7:10pm

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 15, 2012 at 5:39am

Will add this to the 1/21 Q&A info but posting early here ...

The wobble induced North Sea storms are due to the pumping action of the wobble,
where the N Pole leans to the left for sunrise in Europe and then to the right for sunset in Europe. Thus the largest wave in to hit the Irish shores was registered at 2:00 pm.
But Europe also participate when the most violent push of the wobble occurs, when the Sun is high over the Pacific and Europe is in the dead of night. The globe is pushed violently north as the magnetic N Pole of Earth comes up over the horizon and is pushed away by Planet X. When this happens the globe is pushed SOUTHWARD on the opposite side of the globe, as the globe rolls as one.

What does this do to the rocky shores of Italy and any hapless ships moored or traveling just off the coast? The land is pushed UNDER the water, and the ship suddenly finds itself on rocks it though safely at a distance. Though obvious to the populace watching in amazement where the Sun is found these days, the Earth wobble is not something allowed into print. Thus the ship’s captain, desperate to explain what occurred, is at a loss and casting about to blame navigation equipment failure.  

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 14, 2012 at 3:19am

Italian cruise ship with 4,000 on board runs aground

14 Jan 2012 00:35

ROME, Jan 13 (Reuters) - A large Italian cruise ship carrying more than 4,000 people ran aground on a sandbar off the coast of Italy on Friday night and passengers and crew were being evacuated to a nearby island, coastguard officials said.

They said there were no immediate reports of injuries among the some 3,200 passengers and 1,023 crew. Those on board were being evacuated by lifeboats and other ships in the area.

The ship, the 290-metre-long Costa Concordia, ran aground at about 10 p.m. (2100 GNT) near the island of Giglio off the Tuscan coast, said the officials.

A statement from the Italian coastguard said the ship had taken on water and was listing about 20 degrees but that there was no danger of it sinking.

The cruise ship company said the cause of the incident was being investigated.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 21, 2011 at 5:54am

OK Becky, I'll scratch that. (Safety of large vessels....Malou is right) I think it must have been a question previously asked and answered here.  Anyone surviving out at sea will do so by sheer luck.

During the time when the plates are slamming into each other, Central America and the Carribean will suffer, as the weak link. These small plates will crumble and be crushed, creating such instability that anticipating a land ride in any of these locations is an extreme toss of the dice. When the Americas move into the Pacific, shortening the distance around the Pacific Rim and widening the Atlantic, the giant continents of North and South America will not simply drift evenhandedly westward. Moving plates move in the direction of least resistance, which in this case is toward the middle of the Pacific hole. Central America loses in this crunch, as do the smaller plates supporting the Caribbean islands. Going to sea in boats will scarcely be an answer, as the turmoil the water will be undergoing will create vortexes that will capsize large and small boats, and even dash well built submarines in deep water.

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