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 June 19, 2018 at 1:39am

One dead, dozens missing in Lake Toba boat capsize

6 18 2018

JAKARTA • A boat carrying some 80 passengers capsized in Lake Toba, North Sumatra, yesterday afternoon, with reports that at least one person had drowned.

The website said the incident occurred in bad weather not long after the KM Sinar Baru sailed from Simanindo at 5pm on its way to Tigaras, in Simalungun.

The boat capsized at 5.30pm. Rescue vessels have been deployed but bad weather is hindering the operation. About three dozen people have been rescued so far.

The hotels on the island in Lake Toba - the world's largest volcanic lake, which is 11/2 times the size of Singapore - were packed for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays, Indonesian media reported.

"The victim is a woman," National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a written statement yesterday evening.

Mr Sutopo said three passengers were rescued by the KMP Sumut 2 and two others by the KMP Sumut 1. The condition of another 14 rescued by the Sinta Damai was not yet known, while 15 others were reportedly saved at Simanindo Port.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 25, 2018 at 11:58pm


  • May 25, 2018
  • UPDATED 22:04 IST

15 people rescued as floating restaurant capsizes off Mumbai

Mumbai, May 25 (PTI) Fifteen people were rescued after a yacht converted into a floating restaurant today capsized in the Arabian Sea near the Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mahim, a senior disaster management control room official said.

He said that the Fire Brigade received a call at around 6:20pm, from a person who was passing on the Bandra Worli Sea Link, about the boat facing turbulence.

The message was passed on to the Bandra police which, along with the coastal police, rescued 15 people.

A Bandra police official said that 15 people had been rescued from the boat which belonged to a company called ART.

A Coast Guard official said that the force had not received any SOS about the incident.

Vivekanand Gupta, general secretary of Mumbai unit of the BJP alleged that the floating restaurant was a fishing trawler illegally converted into a party vessel.

"It (floating hotel) was a fishing trawler illegally converted into party yacht Avior operated by Ocean Blue at Gateway of India. It later shifted to Bandra Worli sealink after it was renamed as Ark Deck Bar," Gupta said.

He demanded that police arrest those operating the floating hotel.

Some people took to Twitter to raise concerns about the safety of such floating hotels.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 25, 2018 at 11:53pm

Boat capsizes on Congo river killing at least 49 people

Vessel travelling at night and without lights tips over

At least 49 people have died after a boat tipped over on the Congo River in the country's northwest, according to Congolese officials.

The boat was taking people from a village to the city of Mbandaka on Thursday but capsized, Tshuapa province’s vice governor, Richard Mboyo Iluka, said.

He said a team has been dispatched to investigate and determine the exact death toll.

Mr Mboyo Iluka said he did not know how many people were on the boat or how many may have survived, and a cause of the accident remains unknown.

But he added that the boat had been travelling by night and did not have lights..  

The Congo River is the second longest in Africa, and, with a maximum depth of more than 220 metres, the world’s deepest.

In a country with few roads or railways, it is a vital trade route and the best way for many people to traverse the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Boats on the river are often overcrowded and accidents are common.  

Forty-two villagers who were fleeing violence between an armed group and security forces drowned last month after their boat capsized on the Ubangi, a tributary of the Congo River.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 30, 2018 at 6:18am

At least 15 migrants die after boat sinks off Algerian coast after leaving Morocco

At least 15 African migrants died on Sunday when their boat trying to reach Europe capsized off the Algerian coast, a coast guard official said.

Coast guard and civil protection authorities rescued 19 of 34 people on board, state news agency APS said.

The boat sank off the coast of Oran, a city some 450 km west of the capital Algiers, the official told Ennahar TV station, adding that the boat had departed from Morocco.

No details on nationalities were provided.

Last week, Algeria’s interior ministry said the North African country was suffering from an influx of illegal migrants from sub-Saharan countries as Europe had made boat departures more difficult from Libya and other countries.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 10, 2018 at 3:02am

Coast Guard searching for 17 missing after Batangas marine accident

Published April 9, 2018 1:53pm

The Philippine Coast Guard on Monday said it is searching for 17 crew of a landing craft that went adrift south of the capital, Manila, one of three weekend accidents at sea, its spokesman said.

Sea accidents are frequent in the Philippines, comprised of more than 7,000 islands, with lax regulations, ageing marine vessels and strong waves all contributing.

"Seventeen crew are missing and we are still looking for them," said Captain Armand Balilo, adding that the craft lost power near Fortune Island, a tourist spot in Batangas province.

Elsewhere, authorities on Sunday rescued all 14 boat passengers, mostly tourists, on the holiday island of Palawan and 19 people from a boat in the southeastern province of Camarines Norte, after both crafts capsized in strong waves, the coast guard said.

In December, the Philippines' coast guard rescued 252 passengers and crew, including an Australian and his Filipino wife, and retrieved five bodies from a ferry capsize in bad weather.  Reuters

Comment by jorge namour on April 9, 2018 at 1:11am

Ship that crashed into Istanbul waterfront mansion moored in Marmara Sea

April 08 2018


A cargo vessel that crashed into a waterside mansion on the Bosphorus on April 7 has been moored in the Marmara Sea for investigation, with the owners of the mansion demanding proper prosecution against those in charge of maritime traffic.

“The ship that was involved in the accident has been routed to the Ahırkapı anchor point. There were no casualties or marine pollution caused by the incident. It was caused by an abrupt halt of the main engine,” said the Istanbul Governor’s Office in a statement on April 7.

The Maltese-flagged Vitaspirit, a 225-meter (740 foot) vessel en route from Russia to Saudi Arabia, was guided by a harbor pilot, it said.

The building’s roof and upper floors collapsed and television pictures showed the basement slumping into the water.

“It was like a horror film. Nobody understood what was going on. The ship, as tall as the building, had already ploughed before we went downstairs to the garden,” said Aslı Zeynep Ertürer, one of the members of the family that owns the mansion.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 2, 2018 at 7:56pm

More than 70 divers swim to coast off Fethiye after boat sinks

At least 79 people, including 71 students and eight crew members, onboard a boat off the Fethiye district of Turkey’s southwestern province of Muğla managed to swim to the nearest coast to be rescued after their boat sank, daily Hürriyet reported on April 2.

“According to initial findings, the reason the boat sank was bad weather. There are no reports of casualties or injuries,” said Fethiye Governor Muzaffer Şahiner.

The divers reportedly included students from a student association at Sabancı University in Istanbul, who were in Fethiye as part of a diving event that has become a tradition. The event was supposed to last for four days.

“After the boat sank, those onboard reached the nearest coast, but because big boats could not reach it, they are being evacuated into small boats in groups,” Şahiner said.

Students and crew members managed to swim and climb to a two-meter-high rocky place. The Coast Guard and the Turkish Naval Forces Command rescued all 79 people onboard.

Coast guard boats escorted by two torpedo boats and a helicopter of the Turkish Naval Forces Command rushed to the Gemiler Bay near the village of Kayaköy to rescue the divers.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 2, 2018 at 7:47pm

Coast Guard rescues 4 from capsized boat near Tillamook Bay

There are four people on the boat, according to the Coast Guard.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 2, 2018 at 7:38pm

At Least 4 Reported Dead as Migrant Boat Capsizes Off Spanish Coast

MADRID (Sputnik) - At least four undocumented migrants have died as a result of a boat capsizing off the Spanish coast, while the rescuers are searching for seven more people, the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Society (SASEMAR) said Sunday.

According to the SASEMAR, the rescuers have found a boat Strait of Gibraltar with one person and two bodies and later found two more dead migrants.

The survivor told the rescuers that there were a total of 12 people in the boat, the rescue society added.

The world has been seriously influenced by a large-scale migration crisis in recent years and Europe is one of the most affected regions of the world.

The European Union is currently struggling with a massive influx of migrants as hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa and heading for Europe in hopes of a better life there.

According to the  International Organization for Migration (IOM) figures, 120 migrants died near the Spanish coast, while about 3,000 people managed to reach the European state.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 21, 2018 at 5:34pm

One dead, 14 missing in Malaysia sand dredger capsize

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur  Last Updated at March 21, 2018 14:00 IST

One crew member was killed and 14 others, most of them Chinese, were missing today after a sand- vessel capsized off Malaysia, with some believed trapped alive inside the sunken hull.

The coastguard said authorities in the southern state of were alerted at 8:50 am that the vessel, the JBB Rong Chang 8, had sank.

Two boats were sent to the scene and found one Chinese national dead and three others alive, the coastguard said.

A search is continuing for the 14 sailors --12 Chinese, one Indonesian and one Malaysian -- still missing, said a coastguard statement.

Sanifah Yusof, a senior coastguard official, told AFP that divers searching for the missing crew believed some could still be alive inside the overturned boat.

"We believe there are some crew trapped in the ship. The divers knocked on the body of the ship and got a response," he told AFP.

It was not clear what caused the accident in district. The weather in the area was fine.

sand from coastal areas is a booming and lucrative business. The sand is shipped to wealthy land-scarce areas such as for reclamation and construction work.

But environmentalists have long argued that the practice damages local communities and ecosystems.

Last year two foreign vessels manned by Chinese crew were seized off for allegedly conducting illegal sand-

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