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 February 9, 2018 at 6:05am

Boat traveling to Camotes capsizes; 2 die, 3 missing
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
CEBU CITY (Updated) -- Two passengers died, three went missing, while 29 others were rescued when a motorized banca traveling from Carmen town to Camotes Island capsized in the middle of their journey at 9 a.m. Tuesday, February 6. The Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) identified the fatalities as two-year-old Althea Gonzaga and Neriza Gonzaga, 30 to 40 years old. Petty Officer 3 Richard Mangubat of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Camotes Island detachment said they are still searching for the three missing passengers -- Carel Palomar, 9; Andie de Leon, 2; and Kiven Gonzaga, 4 -- as of Tuesday afternoon. Mangubat said that MBC Habagat Romeo, carrying 34 passengers, left Carmen at 7 a.m. and was supposed to arrive at San Francisco town in Camotes Island at 11 a.m. But the vessel reportedly encountered problem at 9 a.m. and huge waves, brought about by northeast (amihan) winds, caused the boat to capsize, Mangubat said
Majority of the passengers were reportedly going to San Francisco town to attend a fiesta in Barangay Sunog. Luckily, some of the passengers were rescued after a vessel owned by Lite Shipping Inc. passed by the area.
Mangubat said that Hermosilla, the boat's captain, reportedly defied PCG's advice not to sail due to strong waves. “Wala gyud sila mananghid nga mubyahe sila (They did not ask for permission to sail),” Mangubat added. At 9 p.m. Tuesday, the survivors and the bodies of the two dead passengers arrived at Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City on a Coast Guard Cebu patrol vessel. PCG Cebu Commander Jerome Cayabyab said they will require Hermosilla to file a marine protest and they will also secure testimonies from the survivors. Julius Regner, PDRRMO information officer, said that Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III has instructed them to assist the survivors and the families of those who died. They are also coordinating with the local disaster office in San Francisco.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 12, 2018 at 5:47am

Boat Sinks In Caribbean Sea, Four Dead, 28 Missing-

A search has been launched in Caribbean waters after a boat filled with Venezuelans capsized near the Dutch island of Curaçao.

The Venezuelan authorities said a boat carrying 34 people has capsized killing four people and another 28 have been reported missing.

Regional Civil Protection director Jose Montano said the boat departed Venezuela for the Dutch Caribbean island on Tuesday.

According to Reuters, police and relatives of the surviving passengers confirmed the boat had been trying to reach the city of Willemstad in Curaçao, despite a travel ban imposed by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions after Maduro ordered a trade blockade with Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire on Friday.

Venezuelan authorities allege the smuggling of products out of Venezuela to neighbouring countries is one of the causes of the severe shortage of food and other basic products that the South American country has been facing for several years.

Comment by KM on January 7, 2018 at 1:19pm

32 people missing after oil tanker & cargo ship collide off Chinese coast

32 people missing after oil tanker & cargo ship collide off Chinese coast

The collision between the Panama-registered oil tanker "SANCHI" and Hong Kong freighter "CF CRYSTAL" happened at around 8:00pm local time Saturday, 160 nautical miles east of the mouth of the Yangtze River, Xinhua reports citing the Chinese Ministry of Transport. The accident caused a massive fire onboard the "SANCHI," forcing the tanker to tilt to the right. Thirty-two sailors from the Panamian vessel remain missing, including 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis.

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Search and rescue operation under way as 32 went missing after two vessels collided off the east coast of China; A Panama registered oil tanker is on fire

The "CF CRYSTAL" was also damaged in the collision, but its crew of 21 is safe after being rescued by East China Sea patrol boats that were dispatched to the scene.

The emergency operation is continuing Sunday morning. Several maritime police vessels, two rescue boats and three professional cleaning ships were dispatched to the area. The Shanghai Fire Department has sent experts to help battle the flames, and the South Korean Marine Police Agency deployed a marine police ship and a fixed-wing aircraft to help with the search and rescue effort.

The 274 meter long "SANCHI" tanker was hired by an Iranian company to deliver 136,000 tons of fuel to South Korea, according to information provided by Xinhua. The 225 meter "CF CRYSTAL" was carrying 64,000 tons of grain from the United States, en route to the Guangdong Province in China when the collision occurred.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 2, 2018 at 6:17am

At least 8 dead, 13 missing after boat sinks in Indonesia

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At least eight people died, and 13 others remain missing after a boat sank off Indonesia's Kalimantan island on Monday, said rescue officials.

The boat with 48 passengers, including children on board, was on its way from Tanjung Selor to Tarakan on the Indonesian side of Borneo island when it overturned and sank.

The cause of the accident remains unclear.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 15, 2017 at 5:25am

No reported injuries as glass-bottom tourist boat sinks in harsh weather off Cozumel

COZUMEL,  Q.Roo — Harsh winds and unsteady waters were the cause of a glass-bottomed boat cracking off the island of Cozumel Wednesday Dec. 13. reported the glass-bottom boat tour sank when the bottom of the boat cracked and eventually gave way due to harsh winds and strong waves caused by the most recent cold front to hit the region. The tourist sightseeing boat, Sharky, began taking on water with both tourists and crew on board.


Port Authorities received a request for help by the boat’s captain. An emergency crew was sent to help those on board the sinking vessel. While waiting, captain of Sharky made his way to the nearest dock at Hotel Cozumel and Resort where all on board disembarked without incident.

The glass-bottomed boat did eventually sink but was recovered and towed to the Fonatur Marina to verify damages.

There were no reports of injuries.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 8, 2017 at 6:39am
Boat capsizes off Beypore, miraculous escape for 5
Published: Dec 8, 2017, 07:34 AM IST......
The boat ‘Jala Durga’ was struck by strong winds three nautical miles off the coast, causing the boat to lose control and capsize. The occupants of the boat were rescued by another boat ‘Don’. The fishermen have been admitted to Kozhikode Beach Hospital. The fishermen said though the sea looked calm from the shore, the deep sea is still rough even after the devastating Cyclone Ockhi.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 3, 2017 at 8:46pm

13 dead, 2 missing in chartered fishing boat capsize

By Yonhap News Agency  |  Dec. 3, 2017 at 10:58 AM

The 9.77-ton recreational fishing vessel, Seonchang-1, was carrying two crew members and 20 passengers when it hit the 336-ton Myeongjin-15 tanker in the Yellow Sea waters near Yeongheung Island. Photo courtesy Yonhap News Agency

Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A South Korean chartered fishing boat capsized off the country's western coast Sunday after colliding with a bigger tanker, leaving 13 people dead and two missing, the Korea Coast Guard said.

The 9.77-ton recreational fishing vessel, Seonchang-1, was carrying two crew members and 20 passengers when it hit the 336-ton Myeongjin-15 tanker in the Yellow Sea waters near Yeongheung Island.

The accident happened at around 6:09 a.m. about one mile southwest of Jindu port on Yeongheung, nine minutes after leaving land, according to Coast Guard officials.

The death toll was relatively high apparently due to the strong current and low temperature, they said.

It's the worst tragedy involving a South Korean recreational fishing boat since a similar accident in waters near Jeju Island in September 2015. Fifteen people were killed and three went missing at that time.

President Moon Jae-in received a briefing on the accident in less than an hour and ordered all-out search and rescue operations, his office Cheong Wa Dae announced.

The Korea Coast Guard are continuing to search for the missing in cooperation with the military, mobilizing dozens of ships, including the 2,500-ton Chungbuk frigate and some naval choppers. The Navy's specially trained divers also joined the operation.

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries launched a task force to handle the accident.

The authorities are looking into the exact cause behind the collision.

"There's no specific problem related to weather conditions, sailing reports or other (pre-departure) preparations," a Coast Guard official told reporters. "We are investigating how the accident happened, considering the possibility that the two ships collided with each other while passing through a narrow waterway under Yeongheung Bridge."

The victims were reportedly aged between 30 and 70. The survivors received medical checks and treatment at two hospitals, in Incheon and Siheung, Gyeonggi Province.

In the afternoon, the Coast Guard took the captain and a crew of the Myeongjin-15 tanker into custody to investigate if they were negligent in their duties to avoid the collision.

An official from the Coast Guard said the captain was well aware of the fact that the fishing boat was cruising nearby before the accident.

Comment by Derrick Johnson on November 19, 2017 at 6:38am

U.S. destroyer collides with Japanese tug boat marking the FIFTH time the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash

  • The USS Benfold sustained minor damage in the collision on Saturday
  • The Benfold remains at sea and the Navy plans to conduct a full damage report
  • The incident, which occurred in Japan's Sagami Bay, marks the fifth time the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash
  • Seventeen sailors have been killed this year in two collisions with commercial vessels 

A U.S. guided-missile destroyer, USS Benfold, sustained minor damage when a Japanese tug drifted into it during a towing exercise off central Japan on Saturday.

'No one was injured on either vessel and Benfold sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side, pending a full damage assessment,' a statement from the U.S. Seventh Fleet said. 

'Benfold remains at sea under her own power. The Japanese commercial tug is being towed by another vessel to a port in Yokosuka. The incident will be investigated,' it said.

The USS Benfold (pictured) sustained minor damage in the collision on Saturday with a Japanese tugboat

The USS Benfold (pictured) sustained minor damage in the collision on Saturday with a Japanese tugboat

The incident, which occurred in Japan's Sagami Bay, marks the fifth time the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash. 

The U.S. Navy announced a series of reforms this month aimed at restoring basic naval skills and alertness at sea after a review of deadly ship collisions in the Asia-Pacific region showed sailors were under-trained and over-worked.

Seventeen sailors have been killed this year in two collisions with commercial vessels involving guided-missile destroyers, the Fitzgerald in June off Japan and then the John S. McCain in August as it approached a port in Singapore.

 'It was one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world,' said retired Marine colonel and a former deputy assistant secretary of state Steve Ganyard. 

'One-third of all maritime shipping goes through here,' Ganyard said. 'So there were probably extenuating circumstances but no doubt, as we saw in the Fitzgerald, there was probably human error involved, as well.'  

On Jan. 31,  the USS Antietam ran aground off the coast of Japan, damaging its propellers and spilling oil into the water.

The Navy Times reported that the guided-missile destroyer grounded spilled an estimated 1,100 gallons of oil into Tokyo Bay. No one was injured in the incident.

The USS Lake Champlain crashed into South Korean fishing boat on May 9 during a routine training exercise.

The ship, also a guided-missile cruiser, crashed into the 9.8-ton fishing boat while in the Sea of Japan. 

No one was reported injured in the incident. 


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 10, 2017 at 2:11am

5 missing after fishing boat sinks in Brazil, 18 rescued

SAO PAULO — Brazilian authorities say five people are missing after a fishing boat with 23 crew members on board sank off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil's navy says the vessel went down Wednesday night near the town of Angra dos Reis. It says 18 people were pulled from the water alive by another fishing boat cruising nearby.

Navy patrol boats and air force planes were called in Thursday to search for the five missing men.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 2, 2017 at 12:29am

Sunday, October 29 2017

3 rescued after boat capsizes under Sunshine Skyway bridge

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 01, 2017, 10:34 AM EDT

The usually beautiful waters off the Sunshine Skyway bridge turned violent Sunday, capsizing a small boat with three people on board. 

  • 3 people rescued after boat capsizes under Skyway bridge
  • Windy conditions caused boat to tip over
  • Nearby jet skier helped bring boaters to safety

"It happened in the blink of an eye. One second you see a little bit of water coming; the next, the water is rushing in, and the boat started to sink," Stephen Lavelle said.

Lavelle and two friends, who were out fishing, knew the waters were choppy, and were headed back to Johns Pass when the high winds made their boat tip over.

"One second it was all fine. Then the whole dynamic changed to a panic almost, really not knowing what to do. The boat was going down," Lavelle said.

Thankfully, they were spotted by nearby Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Covert, who flagged down David Teichman, who was jet skiing nearby. 

"The mood was uplifted a bit, knowing that someone saw us out there," he said. 

Teichman actually used his jet ski to get the boaters to safety while other crews arrived.

The boaters say they owe him their lives.

"At the end of the day, we're very fortunate for us to be there. It could have been a lot different," Lavelle said. 

Several boating advisories were posted on Sunday because of high winds, and first responders say capsizing is always a worry on windy days.

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