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 8 hours ago

published: 01:25 april 1, 2015

4 drown, 9 missing in boat capsize 

Four people died and nine others went missing as a boat capsized in the Padma River at Shibganj upazila under the district on Monday night.

The deceased were identified as Jonab Ali, 55, son of Eshak Ali of Monohorpur, Tazrin Khatoon, 17, daughter of Azizul Haque of Bheshapara village, Sumi Akhter, an SSC examinee and daughter of

Arshad Ali of Raninagar village, and Rishad, 9, son of Nasir Uddin of Monkosha village of the upazila.

Local sources said a boat carrying 15-16 people and 7-8 cattle from Gaipara village to Monohorpur capsized in the middle of the river being hit by a stormy wind.

Although some of the people on board managed to ashore, several of them had remained missing since the boat capsize, said Durlabhpur UP chairman Abu Ahmed Nazmul Kabir Mukta.

Moinul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shibganj police station said on information, police forces had been sent to the spot and they had started rescue operation.

A rescue team started for the spot.

Local people were also continuing their rescue operation from night.

They became angry to the team for late protested the negligence of the authority concern. 


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 14, 2015 at 7:24pm

21 killed, 47 missing in Myanmar boat capsize

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 4, 2015 at 8:35pm

At least 10 migrants die in boat capsize near Italy

A commemoration of a boating tragedy is held in Italy late last year. On Tuesday, at least 10 migrants were killed trying to reach Italy when their vessel capsized. – Reuters pic, March 4, 2015.A commemoration of a boating tragedy is held in Italy late last year. On Tuesday, at least 10 migrants were killed trying to reach Italy when their vessel capsized. – Reuters pic, March 4, 2015.At least 10 migrants trying to reach Italy died when their rubber boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean, the coast guard said on Wednesday.

The boat, which capsized on Tuesday about 80 kilometres north of Libya, was carrying about 130 people at the time, the coast guard said in a statement.

A coast guard ship in the area managed to rescue most of the migrants. Ten bodies were recovered.

The coast guard ship was already carrying 318 migrants rescued in a previous mission on Tuesday and was now heading to a Sicilian port.

Seven separate missions in a 24-hour period had rescued a total of 941 migrants, including 30 children and 50 women, one of them pregnant, the coast guard said.

Last month, more than 300 people died trying to cross the sea from Africa to Italy in a one-week period. Most of the boats leave from Libya, which is in a state of near-anarchy and where smugglers charge up to US$2,000 (RM7,300) for the crossing.

Italy ended its large-scale search-and-rescue mission Mare Nostrum last year because of the cost and amid criticism from some who said it merely encouraged people to make the crossing.

Mare Nostrum was set up after more than 360 migrants drowned when their boat capsized near the Italian coast in October 2013.

It has been replaced by an EU border control mission, Triton, that does not have a specific search-and-rescue mandate and which has fewer ships and a smaller area of operation that hugs close to the Italian coast instead of reaching toward Africa like Mare Nostrum did. – Reuters, March 4, 2015.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 28, 2015 at 1:03am

Migrants missing following Macau capsize

At least 15 people are missing after a boat believed to be carrying would-be migrants capsizes off Macau.

Migrants missing following Macau capsize
At least 15 persons are lacking after a speedboat capsized off the Chinese territory of Macau.

Macau officials said the boat was carrying migrants seeking to enter the gambling hub illegally.

Four men and women managed to swim to security and the boat has been recovered, but makes an attempt to rescue many others ended up hampered by solid tides.

Macau is a Unique Administrative Area, this means Chinese citizens wanting to pay a visit to need to have a permit.

But the BBC's Martin Tolerance in Beijing says it is frequent for people trying to get get the job done to cross the brief distance from the mainland devoid of official approval.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 11, 2015 at 7:07am

29 Migrants Killed In Boat Capsize Off Italy

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported the first major maritime loss of life this year off the coast of Italy.

At least 29 people died Monday in the latest Mediterranean tragedy off Italy's Lampedusa Island, UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said at a news conference in Geneva. "UNHCR is both deeply saddened by this news, and concerned about the manner of the deaths - all but seven of which appear to have occurred on board the rescue vessel, with people dying of hypothermia," he told journalists.

106 migrants were saved in the rescue effort that took place in high seas and poor weather conditions.

Edwards said that the number of refugees and migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean on smugglers' boats in the first few weeks of this year was "significantly higher" compared to the same period last year. In January alone, 3,528 arrivals were reported in Italy, compared to 2,171 in January last year. Including the lives lost yesterday, 50 deaths have been recorded compared to 12 by this point last year.

"Additionally worrying is that, with yesterday's incident, there are indications that more people were attempting to reach Italy last night. As well as the dinghy carrying over 100 people, nine other people were recovered from two other near-empty dinghies [off Libya]. The fate of the others believed to have been aboard these boats is not known," Edwards said.

He called on the European Union to beef up search and rescue capacity in the Mediterranean Sea.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 5, 2015 at 8:30pm

One of five rescued from capsized boat off Fort Lauderdale has died, officials say

As four people clung to a capsized boat Wednesday night, a fifth was missing in the water
Overboard man called 911, directed rescuers to the vessel
Man taken to hospital dies after boat capsized in Fort Lauderdale

One of the five people rescued after a boat capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off of Fort Lauderdale Wednesday night has died.

The group's fishing trip turned deadly about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. One of the men clinging to the capsized boat called 911 and directed a Broward Sheriff's helicopter to their spot in the sea that had choppy conditions with four and six foot waves.

"It was pitch black, with no horizon and very rough seas," said Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Heiser of with Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

A Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue boat went to the scene along with Fort Lauderdale police marine units,  the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission; Broward Sheriff's air rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard, the agencies said.

It took rescuers 20 minutes to locate the boat, partly because they were given three different locations for it, Heiser said.

Rescuers found four people — all wearing life jackets — clinging to the vessel. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue divers found the fifth person overboard, Heiser said.

Diaz was taken to Broward Health Medical Center before he died.  The other four survivors were uninjured, Heiser said.

TowBoat US towed the capsized boat to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's yard in Port Everglades. The FWC is the lead agency investigating the case.

"They said they were fishing," Pino said. "There is nothing to lead us to believe otherwise. I don’t know if anybody is going to get cited. It doesn’t appear that any navigational rules were violated."

Pino said his agency's investigator will work with the Broward State Attorney’s office.

"If there is a fatality on the water, we do the investigation and consult with the state attorney's office if we feel there are charges to be filed," Pino said. "It’s a horrible tragedy that we lost one life. But it could have been a lot worse. There were several agencies involved trying to save these people and I give them all kudos."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 1, 2015 at 11:48pm

Four rescued after fishing boat capsizes off Nova Scotia The Canadian Press
Published: January 31, 2015, 5:02 pm
Updated: 1 day ago
YARMOUTH, N.S. — Four men are back on shore after a fishing vessel capsized off Nova Scotia’s southwest coast early Saturday morning.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax says around midnight it received a distress call from the Poseidon Princess approximately 100 kilometres off Yarmouth.

Spokesman Cameron Hillier says the centre co-ordinated a response from nearby fishing vessels as well as a Cormorant helicopter and a coast guard vessel.

Hillier says three men were located in a lifeboat and a fourth was rescued from the water.

Shawn d’Entremont of Inshore Fisheries, the company the Poseidon Princess fished for, says three of the men were crew members Martin, Lee and Oscar d’Entremont, and that the fourth man was an onboard fisheries observer.

Shawn d’Entremont says all four were brought to hospital for medical treatment.

He said he did not know what caused the vessel to capsize.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 29, 2015 at 10:47pm

Boat Carrying Migrants Sinks Near Bangladesh; 20 Missing

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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