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 5, 2015 at 12:48am

YWAM vessel capsizes off Kona coast, crewmember missing

Youth With A Mission's 75 foot sailing vessel 'Hawaii Aloha' aground in Kona Saturday, January 3, 2015. Photo courtesy of YWAM Ships

Youth With A Mission’s 75 foot sailing vessel ‘Hawaii Aloha’ aground in Kona Saturday, January 3, 2015. Photo courtesy of YWAM Ships


At approximately 5:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2015 the Hawai‘i Aloha, a 75-foot sailboat operated by YWAM Ships Kona, capsized four miles offshore from the Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The vessel’s second mate remains missing and the captain is currently hospitalized in Waimea with non-life threatening injuries. All crew families have been notified.

After receiving a National Weather Service alert the previous night, the 5 person crew headed 6 miles out to sea to outlast the dangerous conditions. The ship was cutting into rough waves approximately four miles from shore when a series of large waves hit the vessel broadside, flipping it twice. The crew shot off flares and 4 of the 5 crew abandoned ship into an emergency life raft. After seeing the flares two jet ski operators rescued the crew in the life raft.

The vessel was loaded with supplies to depart for the Christmas Island this upcoming Tuesday. YWAM SHIPS exists to reach the most isolated and disadvantaged islands through medical, dental, clean water systems and educational initiatives. This is the first marine tragedy in YWAM’s decades of service.

Our first concern is for the safety and well being of the crew involved in this incident. Out of respect and privacy for these individuals, we ask for your patience and understanding at this time.

YWAM Ship’s Fleet Support is working in cooperation and collaboration with Hawaii Island’s Department of Land and Natural Resources and Hawai’i’s Coast Guard. A full search of the vessel is underway and the search for the missing crew member is ongoing.

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on January 4, 2015 at 7:48am

Cargo ship carrying 25 people runs aground off the Isle of Wight (UK)

  • The Hoegh Osaka left Southampton at  8.21pm en-route to Bremerhaven and ran aground off the Isle of  Wight
  • A coastguard helicopter and three  RNLI lifeboats helped rescue the crew of the 180-metre car  transporter
  • It is understood one of the 25 crew  may have sustained a broken leg during the  incident
  • The 52,000-tonne vessel was listing  at a 45-degree angle after the accident with tugs waiting for high tide at  10.30am
  • The vessel suffered a mechanical  malfunction and changed course, striking the Bramble Bank at 9.30pm last  night

A  massive car transporter cargo ship has run aground shortly after leaving  Southampton.

The Hoegh Osaka  left port at around 20:21 but ran aground less than an hour later, within sight  of the Isle of Wight.

The 180-metre long  vessel is listing badly to one side following the incident. RNLI lifeboats  attended the scene as well as the coast guard helicopter.

The Singapore  registered vessel was heading to the German port of Bremerhaven at the time of  the incident.

The vessel was  built in 2000 and has a maximum weight of almost 158,000 tonnes.  It is  understood the cargo ship, which has a nine-metre draught, turned sharply to the  left as it passed the notorious Bramble Bank sandbank near Cowes and run  aground.

It is believed the  vessel may have suffered a major failure of its navigation system.  

A spokesman for  the RNLI said: 'Currently four RNLI Lifeboats from Calshot, Cowes and Yarmouth  are in attendance alongside the Solent Coastguard Helicopter, Southampton Patrol  and four tug boats, two from Esso and two from Southampton Docks.

'The ship's crew  are being rescued from the water and from on board the stricken vessel, which is  at a list of 45 degrees.'

According to the  Isle of Wight based Island Echo, a number of the casualties were  rescued from the water, while the Captain and First Officer have remained aboard  to assist with the rescue operation.

It is understood  the 158,000 tonne vessel suffered a mechanical malfunction as it swung off  course, striking the Bramble Bank.

It is hoped the  massive transporter could be refloated at high tide at 10.30am.

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Comment by Yvonne Lawson on January 4, 2015 at 7:29am

Eight crew feared dead after cargo vessel overturns off the Scottish coast as  search and rescue operation is suspended

Eight people were  missing and feared dead last night after a cargo ship overturned in stormy seas  off the Scottish coast.

A major air and  sea rescue operation was launched after the upturned hull of the vessel was  spotted by the crew of a passing ferry.

But last night  hopes of finding survivors were fading as weather conditions deteriorated  dramatically and the search was called off until this morning.

The stricken  vessel is believed to be the Cypriot-registered Cemfjord. It is thought to be  carrying a cargo of cement and had been heading for Runcorn,  Cheshire.

Earlier today,  Bill Farquhar, from RNLI Thurso, told BBC News that the last known position  of the ship had been at 1.15 pm yesterday, adding: 'The weather at that time  yesterday was pretty bad.

He said: 'I don't  know what has happened after that. There was no mayday as such.

'It is very, very  strange, especially with all the weather technology we have  nowadays.'

Mr Farquhar said:  'Whatever happened, it happened very rapidly.'

A spokeswoman for  the RNLI said the lifeboats had been stood down and are returning to their  stations.

It is expected  they will resume the search at first light if requested by the  Coastguard.

None of the crew  have so far been found.

The Cemfjord was  drifting at 5.2 knots, roughly 6 mph, according to readings on  that were recorded yesterday. It left port in Aalborg, Denmark on December  30.

The Pentland Firth  is a channel between the north tip of Scotland and Orkney that is known for  strong tides and requires careful planning to sail, according to Sail North  Scotland.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 4, 2015 at 6:53am

Iloilo boat sinking: 3 dead, 3 are still missing

ILOILO CITY—A search and rescue operation has been launched for three passengers of a boat that capsized in the waters off Carles town in Iloilo province on New Year’s Day, killing three persons, including two children, authorities said yesterday.

Five passengers of the boat, which was carrying 11 people, survived the tragedy.

The boat left Nabunut Island in Carles around 3 p.m. for Gigantes Norte, another island, carrying passengers who had celebrated New Year in Nabunut.

About two hours after it left Nabunut, however, waves and strong winds battered the vessel, causing it to capsize.

Commodore Athelo Ybañez, Coast Guard Western Visayas commander, said among those who survived was Reynaldo Bartolome, owner of the capsized boat. Bartolome, according to Ybañez, swam for at least two hours to reach Gigantes Sur Island, near Gigantes Norte, where he sought help from residents.

The mishap was reported to the Coast Guard on Friday morning, prompting the launch of the search and rescue operation.

Rescuers recovered four survivors around 4 p.m. and brought them to the Jesus Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan town in Iloilo. They were identified as Marivic Bartolome, 19; Ruffa Bartolome, 24; Jeramiel Besonia and Glorijane Rualio.

Three other passengers were pronounced dead on arrival. The Coast Guard identified the fatalities as Cristel Jane Rualio, two-year-old Cristop Jan Rualio and 10-year-old Jesabel Bartolome.

Carles Vice Mayor Edsel Betita told Inquirer that two of the three missing passengers are presumed dead and their bodies carried by strong currents, quoting the survivors’ account.

Ybañez said the Coast Guard received a report that two bodies were spotted on Manigo-nigo Island but rough seas prevented Coast Guard personnel from reaching the area yesterday.

The bodies seen in Manigo-nigo are believed to be of Anthony Bartolome, 14, and Jay-R Besonia.

There is no word on the 11th passenger, Vincent Bartolome, who is also missing.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 30, 2014 at 2:22am

8 missing after migrant boat capsizes near Bodrum

8 missing after migrant boat capsizes near Bodrum

A coast guard vessel is combing the area for survivors. (Photo: DHA)

December 29, 2014, Monday/ 15:55:56/ TODAY'S ZAMAN / ISTANBUL

A boat crammed with migrants capsized on Monday in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Bodrum, leaving eight people missing, according to reports in the Turkish media.

The boat sank off the southwestern seaside town of Gümüşlük, near the city of Bodrum. Coast Guard officers dispatched to the area reportedly found two Syrian nationals who managed to survive by swimming to a nearby island. The Syrians were taken to Bodrum State Hospital for treatment.

According to initial findings, eight people are missing. Rescue efforts were intensified between the towns of Gümüşlük and Turgutreis to save the others despite high winds, the reports said.

The boat reportedly capsized due to adverse weather conditions.

Fatal accidents are frequent as migrants risk the dangerous sea crossing from Turkey to Greece.

Comment by Carlos Ochoa on December 28, 2014 at 5:40pm

Six Feared dead after merchant ships collide off Italy

ROME Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:48pm

(Reuters) - Two people drowned and four were missing at sea and feared dead after two merchant ships collided in rough seas off the Italian coast on Sunday, Italian officials said.

A Turkish ship with 11 crew members sank after the collision with a vessel carrying a Belize flag in poor visibility a mile from the Italian Adriatic port of Ravenna, a coastguard official said.

The mayor of Ravenna Fabrizio Matteucci said on Italian state television that the dead and missing were all Turkish men from the ship Gokbel which sank after the collision with the Belize-flagged Lady Aziza at around 0800 GMT.

"There are two victims and four missing," he said, adding that he had received the latest information from the coastguard leading the rescue operation, which was hampered by "prohibitive" sea conditions and fog.

The names of the dead and missing have not been released.

Earlier on Sunday the coastguard said one person was dead and two missing, and they were trying to save four people they had located in the sea.

Five members of the Turkish ship have been rescued and are in good condition and there were no casualties among the crew of the other ship, Matteucci said.


Comment by jorge namour on December 28, 2014 at 4:33pm

Fire on Italian ferry, the captain: ship ungovernable

Sunday, December 28, 2014,

The ferry on fire and 'ungovernable and is drifting toward the Albanian coast. He informed the captain of the vessel to the operations center of harbor. On site there are seven merchant vessel of the Italian Coast Guard, and while 'coming from Brindisi a tugboat with specialized teams of firefighters. Rescuers are studying how we can bring down passengers and crew from the ferry, waiting for the sea conditions and especially the visibility 'improve.


Ferry on fire in the storm between Salento and Greece: is adrift, terror on board [PHOTOS and MAPS]

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 11

The Italian ferry with 466 people on board on which stanane dawn while en route between Patras and Ancona and 'a fire, and' when drifting and is sailing alone to Greece: rescue operations are therefore pass under the coordination of the rescue coordination center of Piraeus, the port of Athens. This was announced by Riccardo Rizzotto, spokesman for the Italian Navy. At the moment, he added, to transactions

involving two Greek aircraft, one aircraft of the Greek Coast Guard, three Coast Guard patrol boats of the Italian Navy and two helicopters of the Navy (who are heading from Catania to Grottaglie and then will move to the place of spooky). Also in the area are noticed several merchant (three seconds Rizzotto, at least 8 for the General Command of the Harbour).

In the area the sea is stormy with strong winds from the south-west that move the boat from the south / west to north / east. The winds will change in the afternoon, when it breaks the mistral. Rescue operations are very difficult; Some passengers were rescued by the boats, and have released dramatic testimonies . There are currently 170 people were rescued; will remain so other 300 (296 to be precise) on board the ferry. Many boats were destroyed by fire, and it is hard to get close to the ship because of the strong wind. On board are moments of terror.

Ferry on fire between Salento and Greece: "High waves 6 meters, we can not save them" [PHOTOS]
Sunday, December 28, 2014,



The harsh conditions of the sea are making it difficult to rescue Italian ferry hit by a fire in the Adriatic Sea as it moved from Corfu to Ancona. "There are six meters high waves

Italian ferry fire: the situation is serious, "the ship tilted"
Sunday, December 28, 2014, 1

The fire aboard the Norman Atlantic would not be redeemable "'cause widespread" and "the situation is getting worse' cause the ship and 'inclined'. It 'as reported by one of the rescuers of the harbor that has just gone back to the port of Otranto. According to the military the flames have spread across much of the ferry.


Clash of the merchant in Ravenna- ITALY: there would be wounded and missing

Sunday, December 28, 2014

There would be several injuries and some missing for the 'accident between two motor ships leaving the harbor along the city' Romagna. Several means of the Harbour of Ravenna and 118 are engaged in activities' rescue. On the pier have focused some ambulances awaiting the arrival of the castaways. During the operation a helicopter fire brigade of Bologna.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 27, 2014 at 1:47am

3 killed, 14 missing in boat capsize in China

PTI Dec 19, 2014, 03.17PM IST

BEIJING: At least three persons were killed and 14 remained missing after a boat capsized off the coast of China's eastern Shandong Province in a suspected human smuggling case, authorities said today.

The boat sank last night in the sea near a port in the city ofRongcheng and all 22 people on board fell into the water, the county public security bureau said in a statement

Five were saved and three have been confirmed dead.

The rest 14 missing are yet to be located.

An initial investigation said the boat was being used for human smuggling, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

It is not clear where the people were being smuggled to. Shandong province is located close to South and North Korea in China's east coast.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 16, 2014 at 12:29am

At Least 129 Drown In African Boat Disaster

LUBUMBASHI, DR Congo, Dec 14, (AFP): At least 129 people drowned when a passenger ship capsized on Lake Tanganyika in the southeast of Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new official death toll Sunday. “Rescue workers recovered a total of 129 bodies,” Laurent Kahozi Sumba, minister for transport of DRC’s Katanga province, told AFP, adding there were a number of women and children among the victims in Thursday’s disaster. The new toll represented a dramatic increase on the provisional figure given Saturday by the government of DRC’s Katanga province, which had spoken of at least 26 dead. So far, the number of survivors stood at 232, mostly men, Kahozi Sumba said, adding that rescue workers had found more people in the water after clinging to petrol cans and other floating objects for more than 48 hours and were now in a very weakened condition. “The search for other survivors and bodies is continuing,” he added.

The accident took place Thursday night in the north of Katanga province, between the towns of Moba and Kalemie. Officials said strong winds and overloading caused the M/V Mutambala, which was bound for Uvira further north in South Kivu province, to capsize. The boat was carrying cargo as well as passengers. The Great Lakes of Central Africa, the best-known of which are Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Malawi, can be as treacherous in bad weather as many seas. Shipwrecks involving overloaded vessels are frequent and the numbers of fatalities often very high due to a shortage of life jackets and the fact that many people in the region cannot swim. In March, at least 210 Congolese refugees returning home from Uganda drowned when an overcrowded boat sank on Lake Albert, on the border between the two countries.

That shipwreck, which came days after Kinshasa launched a campaign to enforce the wearing of life jackets on the nation’s waterways, was the deadliest in Congolese history, the government said. Lake Tanganyika, which is one of the world’s biggest freshwater lakes as well as being the longest, also borders Tanzania, as well as Burundi and Zambia. The first Europeans to discover the lake were Richard Burton and John Speke, who stumbled across the inland sea on an 1857 expedition to explore inland from the east African coast. By the time they arrived at the body of water Speke’s sight was failing and Burton could barely walk. Speke later continued his travels alone and discovered Lake Victoria.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 8, 2014 at 6:49am

70 Ethiopians Dead in Migrant Boat Capsize

At least 70 Ethiopians drowned on the Red Sea Saturday when a migrant boat, bound for Yemen, capsized in rough weather, adding to what was already a record year for maritime smuggling deaths.

Heavy winds and waves battered the vessel before it sank off the port of al-Makha in Taiz province, Yemeni security officials announced Sunday.

In October, the U.N. Refugee Agency declared 2014 the most dangerous in recent memory for migrants trying to reach Yemen by water.

Saturday's sinking marks the deadliest crossing of the year and brings the death toll at sea to at least 285.

Tens of thousands of African migrants risk the overcrowded and unsafe voyage annually.



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